Customer Services Advisor - Portsmouth 307R
HM Revenue and Customs
Apply before 11:30 am on Monday 12th June 2023
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About the job
At HMRC we have a vital purpose. We help people pay their tax and provide financial support to families and individuals. We make sure money is available to fund the UK’s public services such as hospitals and schools, answering around 50 million calls and handling 15 million items of customer correspondence every year.
We’re striving to be the best customer service organisation in the UK, and we need enthusiastic people to help us achieve this.
Our services support customers on behalf of the entire department, dealing with a broad range of different and complex customer enquiries.
This is a great chance to start your career with HMRC and we offer real opportunities to progress and develop your career with us or the wider Civil Service if you choose.
See what it’s like to work at HMRC: find out more about us or ask our colleagues a question. Questions relating to an individual application must be emailed as detailed later in this advert.
Our Customer Service Advisors are the voice of HMRC, using their brilliant communications skills to give our customers the best possible experience.
Your primary role will be handling contact from customers effectively and efficiently across different lines of business.
You'll be the first point of contact for our customers, providing a first-rate service by telephone, email or webchat.
Your duties will depend on the line of business you join; however, all business areas expect your duties to include:
- Speaking to customers on the phone, helping them with their questions or issues
- Taking payments by phone, letter and our online services
- Creating customer records and keeping them up to date
- Using webchat and email to support our customers online
We work a variety of shifts between 7.45am and 8pm, Monday to Saturday, to make sure we can help customers when they need us.
You will work a maximum of one late shift per week (ending at 8pm) and a maximum of 6 Saturdays each year.
The majority of roles within customer services allow you to work from home two days a week if you choose, this includes Saturday and 8pm shifts.
As a flexible employer, we will consider part-time requests (Part time is a minimum of 25 hours per week covering variety of shifts. Pay and annual leave will be pro-rata if we can agree to your request). However we do require you to complete your training on a full-time basis, usually 6 weeks Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
You can find out more about what it’s like being a Customer Service Advisor at HMRC on the Civil Service Careers website.
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No experience is necessary as you will be fully trained, but we would like you to be comfortable talking on the phone and writing up notes as this is mainly a phone-based role.
We are looking for individuals with the drive and passion to make a difference to people’s lives, and need people:
- With great communication skills, both verbal and written in English language (and Welsh where required)
- Dedicated to providing a brilliant customer service
- With a can-do attitude and a real passion for supporting people
- With the personal resilience to work in a demanding and rewarding environment
- Able to provide information both quickly and clearly
- Comfortable handling different types of conversations
- With an ability to do basic maths calculations
As well as competitive salaries and a generous annual leave entitlement, we offer a substantial package of benefits including:
• Excellent training and career progression
• Competitive pensions
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras and big benefits handbook' for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service.
Things you need to know
Selection process details
To help you prepare, below is a rundown of what to expect during the selection process:
- Eligibility form
- Application form
- Video interview
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
If you are invited to an interview, it will be a video interview, based on Civil Service Strengths.
We will send you full instructions on how to access it, what ID you’ll need to show us and what it involves. Please read through these carefully, it will help you to be fully prepared.
After you receive your interview invite, you’ll have 7 days to complete and submit the interview. If you won't be able to do this in time, please contact us with your reasons before the deadline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, if you don't contact us in time your application will be withdrawn.
We reserve the right to raise the score required at any stage of the process in order to manage numbers.
A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made for the same or similar roles – if this applies to you, we’ll let you know via your Civil Service Jobs account.
To check that you are eligible to apply, review this eligibility information
Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:
Please note that this role is unsuitable for contractual homeworkers due to the nature and/or requirements of the role.
We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition, or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate.
If you need a reasonable adjustment or a change to be made so that you can make your application, review this information on reasonable adjustments, and contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
Equality and Diversity
We’re committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues here at HMRC. We want everyone to feel valued, supported and comfortable being their true self at work.
We’re proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer, supporting social mobility by giving opportunities to people from all walks of life. We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and offer a range of flexible working patterns and support. Our aim is to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.
For more information on how we make this happen, review this information on our culture and values.
Applications received from candidates with a criminal record are considered fairly in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice and the Recruitment of ex-offenders Policy.
We welcome applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible after considering operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.
Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement, this will be tested as part of the selection process.
The Civil Service runs a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
HMRC has a presence in every region of the UK. For more information on where you might be working, review this information on our locations.
For more information on the level of security checks we will carry out, review this information on security checks
The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences.
Any instances of plagiarism or other forms of cheating will be investigated and, if proven, the relevant application/s will be withdrawn from the process.
Duplicate applications for the same vacancy will also be withdrawn.
Transferring into HMRC from Civil Service If you are currently working for an ‘Other Government Department’ (OGD) and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”, found at the bottom of this advert. Further information on staff transfers can be found on gov.uk
Problems during the application process
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