At HMGCC, there's almost limitless potential to what we can create and achieve. You'll find such an incredible mix of talents, technologies and projects here. We work hard to ensure our people feel happy, inspired and are appreciated.

I love the work-life balance and job satisfaction at HMGCC. Nothing can match it. Chris

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Holiday

Holiday

Your holiday entitlement starts at 25 days a year, rising to 30 days a year after you’ve been with us for five years.

You’ll also benefit from a further 2.5 days of privilege holiday on top of all the normal bank holidays.

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Flexible Hours

Flexible Hours

Our normal working hours are 8.15 am to 4.15 pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8.15 am to 3.45 pm (Fri) with 30 mins for lunch. It’s nice to have that extra time in the evening.

Where possible, jobs are offered with flexible working hours available, be that through part-time, compressed week, or term-time hours.

I’ve been able to change my hours several times to suit family life. Lucy

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Gym

Gym

Our well-equipped, recently refurbished gym is free to all staff and open 24/7. From treadmills to weight machines, you’ll also find classes ranging from martial arts to yoga. We even have two friendly trainers on hand to help you with any exercise or nutrition goals.

What’s more, we also have a tennis court, 5-a-side football pitch and plenty of sports clubs and societies to help you make the most of our great facilities. And for your colleagues' benefit, we've plenty showers and changing rooms on site, so your kit doesn't have to sit under your desk!

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Balcony Café

Balcony Café

Our café is cheaper than other coffee shops on the high street, serving drinks, sandwiches, bacon rolls, pastries, soups, salads and a selection of tasty hot meals.

We also have access to the main Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s restaurant, which can be found on-site. It offers full cooked breakfasts, a deli, hot meals and even a freshly cooked to order, ‘chef’s theatre’.

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Hanslope Park Day Nursery

Hanslope Park Day Nursery

Our on-site nursery is a well-established, small, independent nursery, with a warm and friendly atmosphere and a caring, dedicated team. Our vibrant, purpose-built building has four main rooms offering bright and stimulating environments for children between three months and five years.

All of our staff are qualified to NNEB, BTEC or equivalent level, or training towards it. Together, they provide the very highest-quality care for your little one. In fact, the most recent OFSTED report gave the nursery a Good rating. You can find out more by using the OFSTED reference EY278067.

Places at the nursery are subject to availability.

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Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Everyone is entitled to 52 weeks parental leave. We offer two weeks paternity leave, as well as Shared Parental Leave, both of which we top up from Statutory Pay to full pay (depending on your length of service).

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Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers

We're registered for childcare vouchers, using a salary sacrifice scheme that will enable you to make a tax saving on your childcare costs.

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Bikes 2 Work Scheme

Bikes 2 Work Scheme

We’re members of the Bikes 2 Work Scheme, where we’ll lend you money to buy a brand new bike, which is then repaid through your salary (saving you the tax). For those of you who like to cycle to work, you’ll find a range of facilities from showers to bike racks to help make your commute even more enjoyable.

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Welcoming Environment

Welcoming Environment

New members of our team often comment on how supportive their colleagues are. We don’t have the layers of management and bureaucracy that tend to be found in major tech corporations. That’s a welcome breath of fresh air.

Everyone is on first name terms and, by working in small teams and closely interacting with other departments, we get to know each other very quickly.

We’re proud to be an inclusive community of like-minded professionals doing work of genuine importance, where everyone has a voice and people's opinions are heard and respected.

 

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Counselling and advice

Counselling and advice

For extra support and guidance, we have access to an Occupational Health Nurse, Welfare Counsellor and Financial Advisor.

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Free parking

Free parking

All of our employees are entitled to take advantage of free parking on-site. We also have priority parking for people who are car sharing, as well as designated parking spots for motorbikes and bicycle racks.

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Pension

Pension

The alpha pension scheme is part of the Civil Service pension arrangements. Most new entrants who join after 01 April 2015 will be eligible for membership of alpha.

Civil Service Pensions: alpha

Learning & Development

For an organisation of our size to make a contribution to national security, Learning and Development is critical to our success. So when you first join us, we’ll make sure you’re fully supported. Find out more about the massive support your development will receive with us.

Learning & Development

Activities

The social scene here is great. There are so many events and chances to get together. Emily

 

Technologists

To promote our culture of learning and development across the site, foster our culture of technical innovation and deliver the most cutting edge technologies to our partners, we’re proud to have Technologists. These include Engineers with a specific brief to be both technical and thought leaders across the following areas:

  • Digital Analytics
  • Mobile
  • Platforms
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet and Networking
  • Mechanical
  • Materials
  • Space and Satellite
  • Acoustics
  • Telecoms
  • Data

They’re the go-to experts in their field, happy to impart their wisdom to any colleagues in need of information, knowledge or advice about their area.

Lunchtime talks

You’ll also enjoy regular lunchtime talks organised by our Chief Technologist. These interesting and informative talks keep everyone up to speed with innovation projects and success stories from around the site, as well as relevant and interesting external guest speakers.

Family days

Our family days are a great way to show your nearest and dearest where you work and what you do. Much more than simply a site visit, they can enjoy technology talks, treasure hunts and even try their hand at some challenges thought up by our engineers!

Groups

There are many ways to find like-minded people here at HMGCC. In fact, we have a range of active, unique societies that cater for different hobbies and interests. Some of our current groups include:

  • Astronomy and Photography – a group who organise talks on all things astronomical, and whose artwork decorates our corridors.
  • OUT@HMGCC – for anyone who has an interest in equality and inclusion, and wants to identify as part of, or be a supporter of, the LGBTQ community.
  • Hackspace – for advice on everything from Raspberry Pi to Arduino, and as a space to complete personal projects – even re-working retro toys!
  • Christian Fellowship – an informal society for colleagues across the site and across all denominations.

Annual awards

We present corporate awards to recognise those people who have gone above and beyond. We have a broad range of categories, such as:

  • Technical and Engineering Excellence - Awarded to our nationally recognised technical experts, this award also carries research and training time to support our foremost technical leaders
  • Innovation – Awarded to those who’ve performed an innovation that has taken the organisation forward
  • Chief Executive Award - Awarded to individuals or teams whose work has made a real difference to HMGCC and our partners, perhaps through collaborative efforts or by making personal sacrifices for the good of the organisation

Social events

There are loads of fun not to mention bizarre social events to enjoy throughout the year, including:

  • The Sports and Social Club organises events and have discounted trips for members. Previous activities include clay pigeon shooting, a chocolate evening, theatre outings, concerts, Harry Potter Studios, Wicksteed Park, and even Santa Pod FIA Euro Finals!
  • Summer Fete on the front lawn, where the CEO serves ice creams!
  • Creativity@Leisure competitions that celebrate our staff’s creativity outside of work.
  • Retired colleagues events, where there’s a chance to catch up and share stories.
  • Christmas show – a production put on by our bravest colleagues and managers. This could be anything from satirical sketch shows to musicals. The creativity and talent has to be seen to be believed! It’s always a great end to the year.
  • Easter egg hunt.
  • Pumpkin competition.
  • Bike to work week.
  • Children’s Christmas party.
  • Tug of war.

Cyber Security Challenge

We’re always looking for the future champions of cyber security. The Cyber Security Challenge UK, a series of national competitions and initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable people to become cyber security professionals.

Cyber security contains a diverse collection of disciplines across a broad spectrum of skills. You don’t necessarily need to be technical to be part of the industry; common sense, logic and the ability to identify and understand risk are all valuable assets. Above all, you’ll possess the ability to “think the unthinkable” and generally pursue the end goal at all costs!

Why not give some of our past challenges a go?

CHALLENGES

Technology Fair

Every year we host a Technology Fair. All our staff are invited to attend, along with other Government departments. It’s an excellent opportunity to see the latest tech that’s available, and a great chance to network with exhibitors and other departments.

Coding Competition & Hackathons

A chance to see who the best of the best are across all Government departments – not just HMGCC. Beginner coders can also get involved, as it provides great mentoring opportunities.

Challenges

To promote creativity and challenges amongst our engineers, our staff often run internal competitions. Take a look.

Challenges