HR Business Partner

Home Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 29th February 2024



Reference number



£57,000 - £67,100
National: £57,000 min, £62,700 max. London: £61,000 min, £67,100 max.

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HO - Capabilities and Resources Group

Type of role

Human Resources

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed hours

Number of jobs available



Croydon Apollo House - Folkestone Martello House - Liverpool The Capital - London 2 Marsham Street (2MS) - Manchester Soapworks - Sheffield Vulcan House

Job summary

The Home Office works to build a safe, fair and prosperous UK. Our work is challenging, high profile and rewarding. As well as tackling crime and enforcing the law, we also protect the most vulnerable and have a proud history of providing refuge to those who have been displaced or are seeking asylum. Whether it’s fighting crime, protecting our borders, or combating slavery, the Home Office is at the cutting edge of public policy in this country and our work is some of the most challenging and rewarding in government.

Our HR Business Partners work alongside senior managers in a variety of operational, policy, corporate and major project areas. They provide an independent view and strategic HR input on a range of critical business issues, often characterised by ambiguity, and needing to work at pace. You’ll use data, policy and professional judgement to support managers’ to plan and respond to both long and short-term issues impacting our workforce. No two days are the same and resilience and the ability to flex between tactical and strategic activities, is key. 

Our HR teams enable business leaders to improve organisational performance and efficiency through workforce planning; leadership development; transformational change; workforce capability and development. We support the creation of a place where people thrive, feel proud and belong. Together with the business, HR teams will:
•    Ensure the HO becomes a more diverse and inclusive organisation to better meet citizens’ and customers’ needs;
•    Ensure we have a flexible, interoperable workforce.

You can learn more about the work of the HR profession in the Home Office on our Careers website here.

Job description

HR in the HO is changing, with an overall ambition to realign ourselves around 3 key functions; Drive, Develop and Deliver. Business Partners will be part of the Drive function and work with experts and core HR capabilities to develop products and solutions that meet business outcomes.

As an HR Business Partner your primary role is to ensure the HR function enables leaders to manage the wider workforce. Sometimes you will provide direct advice and support to help them to do this, but often you will need to draw from the skills, experience, and services in the wider HR function.

The HO is a complex environment to operate in, but for those who thrive on this you will have the opportunity to inspire change and strategic initiatives that will fundamentally shift how the Home Office operates and you will see the impact in the communities we serve. For an ambitious HR professional, the scope and benefits of the role are immense. 

Experience of operational and strategic HR Business Partnering is vital. You’ll demonstrate an ability to partner with and influence a range of stakeholders, across complex networks, sometimes with conflicting agendas. Capable of analysing and interpreting data, you’ll have a track-record of shaping, developing and implementing new people approaches across a diverse workforce. You’ll also be ready to work collaboratively and with agility, managing conflicting priorities. 

In addition to current vacancies, this campaign is also to seek interest for future vacancies for the role of HR Business Partner. If successful, you will be placed on a reserve list.

HR Business Partners are aligned to the geographical regions of the business areas they partner. We would anticipate future vacancies to arise in: London, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield, with a degree of flexibility attached due to a combination of flexible working from home and a requirement to be on-site. Travel across regions to multiple ports/offices/locations is expected, and a flexible office base may be possible at a location within a geographical region.

Where business needs allow, some roles may be suitable for a combination of office and home-based working. This is a non-contractual arrangement where all employees will be expected to spend a minimum of 60% of their working time in an office, subject to local estates capacity, by Spring 2024. Applicants can request further information regarding how this may work in their team from the Vacancy Holder (see advert for contact details).

HR Business Partner Outreach Events

We’ll be holding two online events to enable prospective applicants to meet members of the team, learn more about the roles and how to apply and to ask any questions. There’s no requirement to attend these events in order to apply.

Title: HR Business Partnering at the Home Office


About this event:

  • Overview of HR at the Home Office
  • Day in the life of HR Business Partners/HR professionals
  • Civil Service selection process

This event is for anyone who is interested in applying for a HR Business Partner role at the Home Office or anyone thinking about HR Business Partnering as a career.

This online session will provide you with the opportunity to hear from and interact with a range of HR professionals and learn more about the Civil Service selection methods.

If you have any further queries, please contact Samantha Whyte -

Click on the slot you’re interested in to learn more and to register.

Person specification

Key responsibilities of the post include:

  • Enabling senior business leaders to deliver their business strategy by understanding their priorities and challenges and supporting on fit for purpose people plans, taking a coaching approach where needed.
  • Co-ordinating, aligning and leveraging the HR function and shared services to deliver business solutions and meet customer needs.
  • Supporting change initiatives and building organisation culture, values and environment to improve organisational performance, effectiveness and flexibility.
  • Working alongside senior managers to build capability in line with strategic goals to maximise skills and resource deployment across a diverse workforce.
  • Acting as the HR lead in the development of organisational design, structures and resource plans.
  • Supporting senior leaders to enable workforce transformation providing professional HR advice and expertise as needed on restructures and TUPE.
  • In partnership with shared service colleagues, provide wrap around support to management of complex, sensitive or high-profile employee cases, such as conduct, or grievance, and support business areas with the implementation of a range of HR processes such as talent, succession planning and Senior Civil Service recruitment.
  • Working collaboratively and with agility to thrive within a business which relies on constant innovation and change, promote a unified Home Office and wider Civil Service HR Profession.

Please note: An employee may be required to carry out other duties within the scope of the grade and within the limits of their skill, competence and training. 

Essential criteria

  • Experience of HR business partnering or partnering leaders in operational and strategic HR is vital.
  • Ability to credibly partner and influence a range of senior stakeholders across complex networks, on a range of people priorities and plans.
  • Successful track record in using an evidence-led approach to shape, create and implement strategic people interventions/plans across a diverse workforce to improve business performance.
  • Leading self, teams and business leaders through ambiguity and organisational change.
  • Resilience in managing a range of conflicting priorities, often at pace, understanding roles can frequently be pressurised and priorities varied.
  • Experience of analysing and interpreting complex data to formulate and engage collaborators on sound people recommendations, decision making, plans and activities.


  • Minimum of CIPD qualified (level 5). We may consider international qualifications where applicants can demonstrate equivalence.

Desirable criteria

  • Working towards, or willing to work towards, Chartered (level 7) status within 18 months.


CIPD level 5


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • 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 and Experience.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete:

  • A CV detailing job history/qualifications/skills
  • A statement of suitability (maximum 1250 words)

 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.

The sift will be held on the statement of suitability. The CV will not be scored.

If you are successful at sift stage, you will be invited to an interview which will be behaviour-based questions.

Sift and Interview Dates

Sift is expected to take place week commencing 4th March 2024.

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

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

Interviews will be carried out via video. Candidates will be required to have access to:

  • A laptop (personal or work) with a working webcam
  • Good internet connection
  • Microsoft Teams

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints we may not be able to offer alternative interview date(s). It is therefore expected that candidates who are successful at sift stage will make themselves available during the above time frame given.

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

When completing your application, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred location(s). Please ensure you select all locations you are interested in. Candidates who are successful at Interview will be placed in order of merit per location and provisional job offers will be made in strict merit order per location preference. Provisional offers are made, as they are on condition that you successfully pass all pre-employment checks.

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.

For further information on National Security Vetting please visit the following page

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 and generating of examples/answers from internet sources including Artificial Intelligence. If any is detected the application may be withdrawn from the process. Further action, including disciplinary action, may be considered in such cases involving civil servants. 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 or a contractor working within the Home Office, 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.

Visa sponsorship

We are unable to sponsor any individuals via Skilled Worker Sponsorship / Tier 2 (General) work visas as we do not hold a UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) Skilled Worker License.

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 

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 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

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

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 :

Recruitment team

  • Email :

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 If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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