**Home Office Intelligence - Immigration Enforcement - Field Intelligence Officer

Home Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 5th December 2023



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£28,000 - £29,400
National Pay Location, Castle Donington £ 28,000 - £29,400 plus an Annualised Hours Working (AHW) allowance of up to 19.83 % is applicable on this role (see further information for more details).

Job grade

Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HO - Immigration Enforcement - Intelligence

Type of role


Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Shift Working

Number of jobs available



Castle Donington - Pembroke House

Job summary

Home Office Intelligence brings together a number of existing teams involved in the collection and analysis of border and immigration related intelligence. It delivers Intelligence Collection, Development, Analysis, Targeting (Data Analytics) and Watchlisting capabilities within the Home Office and to its partners across Government and Law Enforcement. Learn more on the HO Intelligence careers page.


Job description

The Operational Intelligence Units (OIUs) are part of Home Office Intelligence. OIU’s are building capability to proactively gather intelligence and develop thematic intelligence campaigns, leading to operational activity that has a significant impact on immigration abuse within our geographical remit. 

The OIU’s are responsible for the proactive collection of information concerning immigration abuse and the assessment of new information/intelligence received, in line with local, regional and national priorities. Intelligence gathered is turned into operational packages for disruption, (for example by enforcement teams) as well as developed into campaigns to disrupt thematic immigration abuse. 

A vacancy has arisen within the East Midlands Operational Intelligence Unit (OIU) for proactive, engaging individuals with drive and enthusiasm. The role will offer the opportunity for them to develop intelligence skills and to interact with a variety of internal and external partners.

The successful candidates will be required to gather and develop intelligence, as directed by the Field Intelligence Manager, in order to deliver Home Office Intelligence priorities.  

This post is a shift working role and is being advertised on the Home Office annual hours working terms and conditions and attracts an Annual Hours Working allowance (AHW).  This is an additional percentage paid monthly on top of base salary(see Further Information for more details).  

Your initial rate will be confirmed when you have started in post and will be paid as a percentage of your basic salary. The current AHW rate for an arrest trained Field Intelligence Officer is 19.83% If a member of staff has agreed an AHW arrangement, this does not become a permanent or guaranteed right.  

Annualised hours working is subject to changes in operational needs and management can adjust, cease or suspend it, for operational or performance reasons. There are no other attendance related allowances. 

Due to the nature of the work and the geographical area, travel by official vehicle will be required so applicants should have a full valid UK manual driving licence.

The successful candidates are expected to complete and pass Personal Safety Training (PST) level 3. 

Person specification

Key responsibilities include (but not limited to):

•  Proactively gather, research, develop and disseminate intelligence in the appropriate format.

•  Actively seek to develop relationships with both internal and external business partners in order to identify new work streams/sources of intelligence to develop high quality intelligence products for enforcement teams and criminal investigations.

•  Proactively undertake field visits to develop intelligence by visiting employers and stakeholders.

•  Provide intelligence support to the Immigration Compliance Enforcement (ICE) teams deployed in the field, actively participating in operational visits in order to direct the gathering of intelligence.

•  To fill Intelligence gaps in line with tasking, undertaking debriefing of individuals where necessary and engaging with sources to identify and refer covert human intelligence opportunities.

•  To focus on generating and developing regional campaign activity as directed by the Field Intelligence Manager and in adherence with standard operating procedure (SOP) instructions.


The role of intelligence is continuing to develop within the Home Office as we aim to professionalise roles through staff training and qualifications. The successful candidates will work towards an Intelligence Professionalisation Programme (IPP) accreditation within the first year in post. The Home Office is also developing an IPP career pathway framework to set out how intelligence practitioners can proactively move between IPP organisations to improve their intelligence knowledge and skills sets.

The successful candidates must pass their Immigration Enforcement training and Immigration Enforcement Personal Safety Training (PST) Level 3 and arrest training. This will involve passing a health assessment and completing the required arrest training in order to fulfil any intelligence gathering requirements when deployed with an ICE arrest team.

They must complete the required training in order to fulfil any intelligence gathering requirements when deployed with an ICE arrest team and will be required to wear a uniform when undertaking any arrest duties.

Candidates will also be required to undergo mandatory refresher arrest training every 12 months and must continue to meet the required health and fitness standards via annual health assessments.

As these are warranted roles with the powers of arrest, it is an essential requirement to complete the requisite training and the roles are conditional on passing a mandatory training programme, which will include a health fitness assessment, Enforcement training (4-week course) and Arrest training (2-week course). Other additional training focusing on the intelligence aspect of the role will also be provided.

Essential criteria

Successful candidate must have:

  • Experience of working in an intelligence and or/law enforcement environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Ability to analyse and present information to a high standard.
  • Experience of building and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to perform in a fast past environment. 
  • Good working knowledge of IT for example Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Desirable criteria 

  • Experience of Intelligence/investigation experience.
  • Experience of Forgery detection. 
  • Researching/analysing data to draw key conclusions. 
  • Experience of UK Immigration law and previous stakeholder and partner engagement would also be highly desirable.


Full valid UK Manual Driving licence required.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Working Together
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.

This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

As part of the application process, you will first be asked to confirm your eligibility by providing some basic personal information. 

After submission of this first stage, you will be invited to complete a

  • Civil Service Verbal Test

If you successfully pass this test, you will then be invited to complete the full application form. Please complete the online test/s as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the test and full application form is 23:55 on 5th December 2023. If you fail to complete the online test or full application before the deadline, your application will be withdrawn.  

Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the Civil Service Jobs website.  

You CANNOT complete the Tests on a mobile phone or tablet.

Following successful completion of the test, you will then be asked to complete: 

  • A statement of suitability (personal statement) (maximum 750 words)
  • Provide evidence of the Lead behaviour Working Together (250 words maximum) 

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The statement of suitability should be aligned to demonstrate your skills and experience for the role and how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the job description.

For guidance on how to construct your personal statement, you are encouraged to visit Civil Service Careers. Links – Statement 
For guidance on how to construct your behaviour examples, you are encouraged to visit Civil Service Careers. Links –Behaviours

The sift will be held on the Lead behaviour Working Together and the statement of suitability (personal statement). 

The statement of suitability will be scored first for all candidates. Those who achieve the minimum pass score for the statement of suitability, will progress to a full sift where the Lead behaviour Working Together will be scored. These candidates will therefore receive a sift score for both elements. Candidates who fail to meet the minimum pass score for the statement of suitability will not have their behaviour scored and will therefore only receive a sift score for the statement of suitability.

However, if a large number of applications are received, the sift will be conducted on the statement of suitability (personal statement) only.

Sift and interview dates

Sift is expected to take place from 5th December 2023.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 8th January 2024.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert, however on occasions these dates may change. 

Interviews will be face to face (Pembroke House, Castle Donington). Further details will be provided ahead of interview.

Further information

For meaningful checks to be carried out, individuals need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for the last 3 years if the role requires CTC clearance, 5 years for SC clearance and 10 years for DV.  A lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance and applicants should contact the Vacancy Holder/Recruiting Manager listed in the advert for further advice.

Note for Candidates

Please ensure that all examples provided in your application are taken directly from your own experience and that you describe the examples in your own words. All applications are screened for plagiarism and copying of examples/answers from internet sources. If any is detected the application will be withdrawn from the process. Further action, including disciplinary action, may be considered in such cases involving internal candidates. Providing false or misleading information would be contrary to the core values of honesty and integrity expected of all Civil Servants. 

If you are currently an agency member of staff working within the Home Office, a contractor or contingent worker you can only apply for roles that are advertised externally, i.e. outside the civil service. If you are eligible to apply for a role, you are required to select yourself as an external applicant and not internal when submitting your application on Civil Service jobs. This will prevent any delays in pre-employment checks should you become successful in being made an offer of employment after the Interview stage.

Are these Reserved Posts for UK Nationals only?

UK nationals who hold dual nationality are able to apply for this reserved post. If a UK passport is not being presented, then candidates will need to provide alternative evidence of UK nationality in line with the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Annual Hours Working Allowance

Annualised Hours Working (AHW) is an attendance system where staff work an agreed number of hours for the year rather than weekly conditioned hours.

You will be required to work flexibly on any day of the week, including weekends, nights, Public Holidays and the Privilege Day, and the hours may vary each week. Attendance may also be subject to change at short notice.

The rate payable under the AHW scheme is driven by business requirements and may vary depending on location.  Your initial rate will be confirmed when you have started in post and will be paid as a percentage of your basic salary.  If a member of staff has agreed an annualised hours arrangement, this does not become a permanent or guaranteed right.  Annualised hours working is subject to changes in operational needs and managers can adjust, cease or suspend it, for operational or performance reasons. Annualised hours agreements are reviewed at least annually. The annualised hours year runs from 1 April to 31 March.  If an individual begins working on an annualised hours basis part way through the year, they will receive a part-year agreement and the Annualised Hours Allowance will be pro-rated for the remainder of the year to reflect that agreement.

 If you transfer to a non-AHW post the requirement to work in accordance with the terms of the AHW policy will also end and you will move to standard Home Office Terms and Conditions.

Age: These are shift working roles and so you must be 18 years or over

Working Part Time

If you are considering applying for part time hours, please contact HORCCampaignTeamHOIntel@homeoffice.gov.uk to discuss your request as not all working patterns may be accommodated.


As part of this role you will be required to wear a uniform (which will be provided). Staff must ensure that their uniform is worn correctly, in line with these uniform standards, is kept clean and is well presented. To support this requirement, adequate uniform supplies will be available and issued. Uniformed staff represent their organisation at all times and should ensure that their dress and personal appearance reflects this responsibility.

Personal Safety Training (PST)

These roles can be physically demanding and if successful you will be required to complete and pass specialist training including Personal Safety Training (PST) which develops skills in personal safety, arrest and restraint techniques. This demands physical activity and physical contact with delegates on the course. You will be required to complete a PST health declaration and, if necessary, attend a medical examination.  A formal offer will be conditional upon you being physically fit to undertake and pass the training.

Hybrid working is an option

Hybrid working enables employees to work partly in their workplace(s) and partly at home.  A hybrid working pattern may be available, where business needs allow. Applicants can discuss what this means with the vacancy holder if they have specific questions.

A reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position. 

Every day, Home Office civil servants do brilliant work to develop and deliver policies and services that affect the lives of people across the country and beyond. To do this effectively and fairly, the Home Office is committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, and creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best.

We are flexible, skilled, professional and diverse. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and area Disability Confident Leader. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the civil service. We are a Social Mobility Foundation top 75 employer.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

For further information please see the attached notes for candidates which must be read before making an application.

Existing Civil Servants should note that some of the Home Office terms and conditions of employment have changed. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful in application and should refer to the notes for candidates for further details.

Transfer Terms: Voluntary.

If you are invited to an interview you will be required to bring a range of documentation for the purposes of establishing identity and to aid any pre-employment checks.

Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents.

Any move to the Home Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at  https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

Reasonable Adjustments

If a person with disabilities is at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via HOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
  • Complete the “Assistance Required” section in the “Additional Requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a language service professional

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run 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.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Home Office Resourcing Centre
  • Email : HORCCampaignTeamHOIntel@homeoffice.gov.uk

Recruitment team

  • Email : HOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles, and wish to make a complaint, then you should contact in the first instance HORecruitment.GRS@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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