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The MOJ is a major government department at the heart of the justice system, employing over 79,000 people across the country. Their vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.

Each year, millions of people use the MOJ’s services across the UK – accessing the courts and legal aid, interacting with prison and probation officers, and receiving advice and support from the MOJ’s agencies. The MOJ’s teams are proud to work for an organisation that has a real and positive impact on people’s lives.

The department offers interesting and important work to people who care about making a difference.

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Working in the Prisons for HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS)

HMPPS is the MOJ agency that carries out sentences given by the courts and rehabilitate people in their care through education and employment.

Responsible for running the prisons and probation services, their aim is to deliver the government’s vision and investment to make prisons places of safety and reform. They provide safe and supportive environments, where people work through the reasons that caused them to offend and prepare for a more positive future.

If you’ve not worked in a prison environment before (and don’t worry if you haven’t – it isn’t a requirement for the roles), you might think it is a challenging and demanding environment. In many ways it is, but that’s what makes it so interesting.

Prison buildings vary from the very modern to late 19th and early 20th century builds. Major refurbishment programmes are in progress at many of the older establishments, and these are some of the most interesting environments in the government’s portfolio of buildings.

And firm focus is always on creating and maintaining a safe working environment for everybody. You will have limited contact with the prisoner community, and you will never be isolated or put at risk as you will be supported in an establishment that operates to strict safety protocols at all times.

It’s this need for everyone to safely work together that develops the camaraderie and trust across a highly supportive team, contributing in a role that is critical to the smooth running of the prisons, which can be hugely rewarding.

By working in the prisons you will be contributing to society in enabling a key part of the justice system to work, helping people to be housed securely and safely while in prison, and contributing to the protection of communities by supporting people to get back on track and make better life choices, making a difference to people’s lives.


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Title Location Salary
Prison Security Support Medway Kent Rochester £12.73 per hour
Security Prison Support Role Isle Of Sheppey £13.24 per hour
Prison Support Role Maidstone £12.43 per hour inclusive of holiday pay
Security- Operational support Market Harborough £11.12 p/h+holiday pay
Facilities Assistant/Administrator Doncaster £10.39 per hour + holiday pay
Security Guard Denbury, Newton Abbot £10.88 Inclusive of Holiday Pay
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