Department for Transport


Transport matters – what we do matters. Join us and make a difference to people’s lives in the UK. Together we’re creating a legacy for future generations. From policy to administration, law to HR and economics to communications, we work to deliver a safer, more secure and sustainable transport network that works for everyone.

We offer generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to allow a good work life balance.


Transport is a very high profile area. Everyone relies on the transport network in one way or another, whether it is to get to work or school, visit friends and relatives or the movement of freight so there is food in the shops. Our people know how important their work is and how they fit in.

Working for the Department for Transport

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We’re proud to be a great place to work, and that’s why we’re working to become one of the most diverse and inclusive organisations in the Civil Service and the transport sector. From flexible working to tailored wellbeing support, our award-winning staff networks understand what makes a difference, and have the power to achieve change.

Many of our jobs are offered as part-time or job share, and working hours can often be varied to suit personal circumstances, or home working can be considered.

In 2018 at the Women in Rail Awards 2018, Department for Transport was nominated for the ‘Top Employer for Women’ category in recognition for being an employer who has actively sought to promote female talent.

Bernadette Kelly our Permanent Secretary was also given special recognition by the judges for her inspired contribution to equality and diversity in the rail sector. Bernadette said:
“I look at this success as a reflection of the Department’s work, in particular around gender diversity.”

Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.

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.’

The benefits of working with us

Working for us you’ll receive:

● up to 30 days annual leave and an extra 8 days public and privilege leave (pro rata for part time staff)
● an opportunity to ‘buy’ more holiday entitlement
● family friendly flexible working
● special leave for emergencies and unplanned special circumstances
● an attractive pension
● retail discounts
● free health checks
● learning and development opportunities

Flexible working – No barrier to success

We’re a modern, inclusive, high-performing employer. Flexible working is helping us become the organisation we need to be. It’s about giving our people the opportunity to be adaptable and embrace new ways of working to improve our productivity and performance – making DfT a great place to work.

We encourage home working and offer flexible working hours, including job shares and part time opportunities.

In 2018, Polly Payne and Ruth Hannant; Directors General Rail Group became the first Director General job share in the Civil Service. They were included in Timewise’s Power 50 most influential job-share list, an independent organisation championing flexible working.

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Learning and development opportunities

We’re committed to developing, training and helping you be the best that you can be. 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.

We have a range of development programmes that have been designed to help build new, and develop existing management, leadership and personal effectiveness skills.

Mentoring, coaching programmes

We take part in the Civil Service Mentor Match programme. The aim is to make mentoring more accessible to people and to take advantage of the full diversity and geographical range of the Civil Service.

You say what skills you’d like to develop and the Mentor Match system matches your requirements with potential mentors across the Civil Service network. It also works the other way round, so if you’d like to be a mentor, you can sign up and share your expertise.

Employee Network Groups

We have a range of staff networks, providing support in a number of way. They have the potential to provide a wide range of benefits that come from having a collective voice, as well as building a sense of community and cohesion.


In 2018, our Positive Support Group was named ‘Employee Network Group of the Year’ at Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) awards.


Case Study:

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I’m one half of a job share and together our role is to be the Deputy Project Director for the Intercity Express Programme – a £5.7bn programme which will deliver brand new high speed trains on 2 of the UK’s major route networks.

We’ve been a job share now for just over 18 months and we’ve found this to be a much more satisfying and rewarding experience than being part-time. We each work 3 days a week which allows us to get properly stuck in to work tasks while we’re in the office, while at the same time, have the confidence that issues are being dealt with when one of us has a non-working day.

DfT has been very accommodating both as a corporate organisation and as individual teams who work with us on a day-to-day basis. It sometimes takes people a while to get used to our job share email address when they haven’t met us (people sometimes think our first name is Harrison!) but generally everyone has got used to our job share arrangement very quickly.

DfT encourages working from home and has provided the equipment which enables us to work from home effectively – this has been a great help when nursery bugs strike and we’ve had to be at home as we can check in with colleagues when needed.

Both of us have had a range of interesting jobs within DfT – I’ve spent the majority of my DfT career working on climate change measures for aviation emissions – negotiating European and international agreements to reduce emissions, but have also worked in the Office for Low Emission Vehicles on infrastructure policy and been on a secondment to the French Transport Ministry working on European transport policy.

DfT has been a very supportive organisation which has provided me with lots of opportunities as my life has changed from being reasonably new to the workforce, to being a working parent with a long commute.

DfT has a broad range of responsibilities which make it a really interesting place to start a career – we have major infrastructure projects (HS2), controversial policy areas (airport expansion), parliamentary work, negotiations on international standards, campaign work (road safety) and more importantly the more routine work which ensures transport works on a day to day basis.

Case-Study – Rebecca Roberts, Senior Resourcing Manager, Group DfT HR Operations, DRG

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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


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