Transport matters – what we do matters.
Transport touches the lives of everyone in the country. Across road, rail, air, sea and space, our transport networks affect homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and more. It’s how we deliver goods to our shops, get people to work and reunite with our loved ones. Our staff know how important their work is and how they fit in.
It is a really exciting time to join the Department for Transport as we transform both where we work and how we work to become a more regionally diverse and flexible organisation.
Our Secretary of State recently announced our very exciting plans to create 650 roles in our newly growing locations of Birmingham and Leeds. We have been advertising roles in these new locations since Summer 2020 which has already enhanced opportunities, unlocked latent potential and helped us to attract a more agile, skilled and diverse workforce to meet the ever-increasing demands on our Department.
Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to create an inclusive and diverse culture where every employee feels welcome, supported and motivated to work. This is essential for our department to achieve its goals.
We’re proactive in developing our workplace culture and we’ll continue to listen, learn and improve how we work. We’re proud to be a great place to work, and that’s why we want to become the most diverse and inclusive in the Civil Service and the transport sector.
Together, we’re creating a legacy for future generations. From policy to administration, law to HR and economics to communications and digital, we work to deliver a safer, more secure and sustainable transport network that works for everyone.
There are plenty of exciting career opportunities to be had at the Department for Transport. We offer roles in a diverse range of professions, from engineers and scientists to policymakers and Senior Civil Servants.
Whatever your skillset, experience or background, we’ve got a diverse range of positions on offer at the Department, and we’d love you to be part of our team!
We offer maternity, adoption and shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid. We offer paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
Paid maternity and paternity leave is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.
Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018):
The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme.
Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare.
Achieving work life balance is important for the wellbeing of our staff and most DfT roles will allow an excellent degree of flexibility around working patterns and locations.
We encourage home working and offer flexible working hours, including job shares and part time opportunities at all levels.
Learning and development is hugely important to us all. No matter how skilled or experienced we are, there is always more that we can learn. Within the department there is an enormous range of learning opportunities on offer to help you be the best that you can be and support you in continuing to develop.
We have a range of development programmes that have been designed to help build new, and develop existing management, leadership and personal effectiveness skills. You’ll get at least 5 days learning and development every year. We offer professional and people skills learning, plus specific internal programmes that combine formal and informal development.
At the Department for Transport, we are always on the look-out to bring new and diverse talent into the organisation so that we can continue to strive towards being representative of the society we serve. This way, we can use a broad range of the skills and perspectives we need to deliver effectively against organisational priorities.
Whether you’re at the beginning of your career journey or looking for something different to your current role, we have some amazing opportunities that will give you the skills and experience you need to succeed in your chosen profession.
A staff-led group of volunteers with training who can offer a friendly voice or face at a time of need, who will listen and signpost you to the range of professional and other support options available at DfT.
A staff-led group that aims to support EU nationals’ interests at DfT and across government.
In 2018, our Positive Support Group was named ‘Employee Network Group of the Year’ at Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) awards.
In 2021, the Department for Transport was announced as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for its work on gender equality. Run by the charity Business in the Community, The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is the UK’s most high-profile listing of employers striving for gender equality in the workplace and shows our dedication towards being an inclusive employer and a great place to work.
In January 2020, after spending three and a half years working in Learning and Development at DVLA, I applied for a promotion within DfT. Despite working within the Civil Service since 2003, I was nervous and a little anxious about the move because change has a massive impact on me.
During my early teens, I was diagnosed with a hereditary eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which meant my peripheral vision significantly decreased. As a result, I experience “night blindness” and have been left with a narrow central field of vision that is often referred to as “tunnel vision”. I am officially registered as severely partially sighted. Unfortunately, wearing glasses does not improve my eyesight and no corrective surgery is available.
Due to COVID-19, I didn’t start my role with DfT until June 2020, so I found myself beginning a new job in Lockdown, working remotely and not meeting my team face to face. In addition to this, I was based in Swansea while most of my team worked in London, so feeling reassured I would have support was vital.
I was open about my disability from the start, and immediately provided with all the equipment required to ensure I could complete my role to the fullest. I now work with a large monitor attached to my laptop and I am fortunate to have access to software such as Supernova and Zoomtext. The team asked what would help me during virtual meetings to ensure I always felt part of conversations and didn’t struggle with content such as slide decks. This has certainly benefited my homeworking experience.
Alongside work, I am a single mum of two children aged fifteen and twenty-two, both of whom have been affected in different ways throughout lockdown. My daughter (22) struggled with home–working and being isolated from her friends, whereas my son (15) has seen his education turned upside–down and has many unanswered questions surrounding his qualifications and next steps.
It has been a very busy year – settling into a new role, supporting my children and family members whilst juggling the rollercoaster of emotions we have all experienced during the pandemic. However, DfT has provided me with the flexibility to ensure I have a well–balanced work and home life, and without it, I’m not sure how I could have survived. Having the autonomy to manage my workload and the openness to share my personal circumstances has allowed me not only to settle into and enjoy my role, but it has opened up development opportunities that I look forward to pursuing. I feel supported and valued not only as an employee but also as a person.
I have worked in DfT for almost four years since relocating from London to Swansea in 2016 for a complete change of lifestyle! I had never previously considered working for the Civil Service, so I was apprehensive about applying. I had my preconceptions about what it would offer me and my career progression.
I have two young children who are demanding of my time, and as my husband travels a lot with work, I need to be on hand for the school-run most days. I started to do my research when I saw a role advertised on Facebook – of all places – that suited my background. The biggest pull to apply was the flexibility that it could offer me and my family. I was very fortunate to be offered the position and my manager at the time was very accommodating to my childcare commitments. I joined DfT on a part-time basis, which I had never expected to be able to do.
In 2018, I also gained promotion whilst being able to keep my part-time hours, which now gives me the flexibility to take my children to school, attend parent/teacher conferences and of course, the much-anticipated school Christmas concerts!
When COVID-19 hit us at the start of this year, I, like many other working parents was faced with the dilemma of how to home-school my children and still manage to support my team and deliver key outputs. Many members of my team were in a similar position and I wanted to ensure they were properly supported. Like many others, I shifted to a more flexible working pattern, which allowed me to take chunks of time off during the day to home-school my four and six-year-old, and get them outside for our daily exercise. The department was hugely supportive of working parents and we felt supported. We had the tools available to ensure our wellbeing and work did not suffer.
To anyone who hasn’t previously considered a role with the Civil Service; if you are looking to join an employer who puts you and your family first, I would urge you to consider working for us. You won’t look back.
Rebecca Roberts, Senior Resourcing Manager, Group DfT HR Operations, DRG
In December 2016, I found myself moving all the way from my home in South Africa to live in Wales. This was a big change and it meant I was naturally looking for new work. I had previously been a HR Manager for a Telecommunications company for seventeen years, but HR in South Africa is so different to HR in the UK that I didn’t feel very confident about finding a role within HR or at all, especially while I was in my fifties. Neither had I collected any international qualifications.
On my arrival to Wales, I made a point of contacting the first employment agency I saw. I then ended up submitting my CV for a short-term role at the Department for Transport. To my surprise, I was successful and felt delighted to join the DfT Resourcing Group (DRG) team in January 2017. Here, I remained as an Agency Temp until October 2017 and I was given a Fixed Term Contract in October. In January 2018, I applied for a permanent campaign Manager role.
I currently work as a Specialist Campaign Manager, which means I support and advise our customers and stakeholders on a number of specialised recruitment activities. These include manual recruitment requests, contingent labour queries, new entrant and Senior Civil Service on-boarding that consists of contract generation and system processing. This really is a dream role as no two days are the same!
There are so many reasons why I like working at DfT. It has not only provided me with a new career but also with opportunities to upskill myself. As recruitment is a fast-paced and ever-changing environment, we are expected to develop our learning as well as build strong relationships with our customers and Government Recruitment Service (GRS). I am therefore working towards a CIPD qualification, something I never thought would be possible at this stage of my life!
Before COVID-19, we were able to work from home one day a week. Now, we have found ourselves working full-time from home, and I am so grateful to have the flexibility of being able to collect my grandchildren from school and university. It’s amazing to be able to spend more time with them.
Looking back, I am so pleased and proud that I took the leap of faith and applied for the position at DfT in 2016. At the time, myself and others would never have believed I would be given the opportunity of a second career that would allow me to gain a qualification at the same time.