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These positions are available for external applicants as well as existing civil servants on level transfer or promotion. New recruits to the Civil Service joining MoJ are expected to join at the band minimum.
HMCTS is working hard to ensure our justice system is accessible to all during these unprecedented times. We’re focusing on priority cases, changing working practices and introducing new procedures to minimise risks to the judiciary, staff and all those who use our courts and tribunals.
The need for additional resource across our courts and tribunals services to support our response to Coronavirus (Covid-19) is expanding quickly and we are urgently looking for Administrative Officers in various locations across England and Wales to undertake key customer service and administrative duties. These opportunities will be based within one of our many courts and tribunals buildings, and require people to be flexible to work within buildings or remotely as required.
You can learn more about the courts and tribunals planning and preparation for Coronavirus (Covid-19) here:
We are looking for highly motivated administrative staff with excellent customer service skills that want to join us on this challenge to ensure our world leading justice system continues to serve and meet the publics needs and expectations. We need resilient, resourceful and adaptable people to support us on this journey.
Administrative Officers are assigned to teams to carry out a variety of general administrative duties to progress cases through the court/tribunal system or provide support to other functions within HMCTS. Some positions will require post holders to have regular contact with court / tribunal users, including members of the Judiciary and the legal profession. Administrative Officers work as part of a flexible team with regular management support. Post holders will be expected to undertake a range of the functions and responsibilities specified and are responsible for their own time.
Whilst the post holder will be allocated to a specific office base, there may be a need for flexibility to work on an ad hoc basis at other local HMCTS offices.
Essential Skills and Criteria:
Experience of working in an administrative role in a customer focussed environment
Proficient with IT and Microsoft Software packages
Excellent communication and organisational skills
To apply for this position please complete the online application form, ensuring you include a 250-word statement of suitability against the Essential Skills and Criteria (above) and each of the following Success Profile Behaviours (Level 1):
Managing a Quality Service
Making Effective Decisions
Further information on Success Profiles and the required standards for this post (Level 1) can be found at:
Appointments will be made on written applications. If selected we will try to match your selected location preferences but if vacancies are not available in those we may offer alternative nearby locations. Please note, dependent on volumes of applications received the sift stage may be based on your statement of suitability and the lead behaviour, which is Managing a Quality Service. A Merit List of applicants meeting the required criteria may be kept for up to 12 months.
The primary focus of the opportunity you have applied for, is to meet the initial operational recovery demands brought on by COVID-19. Due to the nature of the work, we may require the flexibility for you to work hours that meet the operational demands of the current workload. This could require you to work 5 days over 6, Monday to Saturday, excluding Sundays. This could also include a shift pattern to work hours up to 8pm in the evening as required. Any day you work will not exceed 7.24 hours so if you were asked to work later then you would start your day in accordance with the daily hours limit.
Should you be required to work a shift pattern, either from the beginning of your contract or at a later stage, we will discuss this with you in advance and you will be given the opportunity to express a preference at this point.
Once you have commenced work on your assigned hours, these will be kept under review and should there need to vary the arrangement, you will be given reasonable notice of the change.
Fixed Term Appointment
This appointment will be made on a fixed term basis, initially until 31st March 2021. There may be scope for extending, this will be reviewed in early 2021.
Roles are available in the following locations. Please select your preferred locations at application stage, using the drop down facility:
Essex Mags – Osprey House, Bury St Edmunds County, Chelmsford County, Norwich MC,
Additional Information Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.
There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order
1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Mojfirstname.lastname@example.org);
2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (email@example.com);
3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Grading Structure Review
The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.
Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.Closing date: 29/09/2020