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Help us shape the future of the UK.


Join us, and you will be part of a department that is responsible for the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

Defra’s work will increase in complexity as the nation moves closer to leaving the EU. As we take a lead in delivering this once-in-a-generation change, everyone in every area of our organisation must work together to become even more efficient, focused and innovative. Bring your expertise to one of these vital corporate roles and you will help us to succeed.


Defra has an active community of HR professionals and, as part of the wider Civil Service HR Function, encompasses all the Civil Servants working in Human Resources and Learning and Development across all Government Departments, Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies.

We work in partnership with Defra business leads, supporting them to drive improvement in a number of key areas such as attraction and retention, capability, diversity, reward and leadership. Our priorities are getting the basics right through seamless people transactions and support, and playing a transformational role in shaping the workforce of the future. In addition, Defra’s policy professionals seek HR support when considering the potential impact of any future policies on our people.

There is no requirement for you to be a CIPD member in order to work with us but you will have the opportunity to join, in order to benefit from their support and obtain professional recognition.


Joining Defra, you will become part of the Government Finance function which comprises around 10,000 people across departments, agencies, and Arms Length Bodies (ALBs). Together we are responsible for over £750 billion expenditure a year, managing over £1,450 billion of assets and £3,500 billion of liabilities. From strategic business partners to technical accountants, all members of the finance community are instrumental in helping maximise value for government spending.

The current fiscal context brings a new challenge, but also an opportunity, for the Government Finance function. As public spending is constrained, it is more important than ever that finance is at the heart of decision making. We are in a unique position to help protect, drive and add value.


The communications team is ambitious about what communications can achieve and we believe in its power to challenge perceptions, change behaviour, build partnerships and make a social and economic difference.

By joining the team you would have exposure to the full communications mix: the opportunity to work closely with policy teams, other government departments and a range of external partners to find new and fresh ways of reaching target audiences.