Job Hunting Guide

What sort of skills do I need to register?

We're market leaders in providing employers with temporary and permanent staff who possess offender rehabilitation and supervision skills and work experience.

We welcome registrations from all job seekers whom posses these skill sets. Our service is very relevant for Drug Intervention professionals, probation service professionals, prison service professionals, youth offending professionalsly, offender supervision/rehabilitation professionals working for 3rd Sector Charities,  and all professionals whom work with individuals to prevent offending.

What happens after I register with Criminal Justice Skills?

After registering with us, you will be contacted within 48 hours by our Recruitment team to discuss your work requirements. You will also become eligible to receive alerts about the many jobs that we work on as well as be informed about any jobs that you would be suitable for by phone, text and email.

Feel free to contact us about any jobs that you see, either on our sector specific job boards, or via our email alerts, and express your interest in any of our roles. Please make sure you direct these enquiries to the person whose name is on the advert.

We will inform you about the role itself as well as the company it is working for and the context of the role as a whole. Subject to your approval, we will then forward your details to the company concerned, guaranteeing the discretion of your personal information.

We endeavour to keep in touch with all our candidates as regularly as possible. As you are probably aware, the public sector market is relatively quiet at the moment so we will continue to stay in contact with you although we may not have any specific vacancies to offer.

We've been in your position

Our consultants are not drawn from the commercial recruitment industry. They've worked in your sector, and know how best to put your skills and experience to work.

The public, third and commercial sectors are all active in recruiting generalist and more specialist positions. This includes seeking those with experience in offender supervision and support, housing, community safety, family interventions and social workers with substance misuse and mental health expertise.

The Third sector

The Third Sector includes not-for-profit and charitable organisations that provide support and rehabilitation services to offenders and those at risk of offending. It has played an increasingly prominent role as services are outsourced to these organisations by local councils, probation services and prisons.

The Public sector

The public sector has seen a whole raft of new legislation, such as the Criminal Justice Act and the Crime and Disorder Act and initiatives such as Justice Seen, Justice Done which place an emphasis on partnership working to reduce re-offending, victim support and offender rehabilitation. 

There has also been an increase in offender supervision and intervention activities by local authorities, probations trusts and housing providers which has led to a greater than ever demand for offender supervision and support expertise.

The Commercial sector

Opportunities do exist within the commercial sector for candidates offering skills in offender supervision and support. An increased emphasis on resettlement and bail accommodation services as an alternative to prison has seen specialist housing providers win contracts to deliver specialist services that supervise offenders whilst ensuring they receive support and observe conditions of bail. 

Other opportunities exist with organisations that provide custody and transport services for courts and prisons. Lastly some prisons and correctional facilities themselves have been contracted out to commercial businesses 

Contracting Work vs. Permanent Work

This issue of contracting work vs. permanent work is an important consideration for practitioners. Many opt to become full time contractors, picking up 2 to 3 month or 4 to 6 months assignments. There is also the option to work part time, but here opportunities tend to be less frequent.

Contracting offers the additional choice of what terms you wuold like to be employed by. Working as a contractor allows the individual to opt out of traditional PAYE schemes, and elect to use umbrella company pay schemes. This offers the advantage of having most expenses set against tax paid.

Setting up your own Ltd Company

There is also the option to create your own limited company and invoice employers for your service, although there are legal pitfalls with this choice. Learn more here.

We're committed to your success

We are dedicated to finding the right position for you! The company offers pre-vetting services throughout the relevant communities, as well as competitive rates of pay and payroll options.

The scope of our market reach, and expertise we offer, puts a wealth of temporary, permanent and freelance options at your fingertips.

We offer ongoing support and guidence to ensure you slot quickly into your next position. This means we will:

  • Enhance your CV writing for greater impact
  • Cover interview preparation and technique
  • Update you with regular market and job news

Our accreditations:

REC Reg No - 2009/541
ISO Accreditation
Certificate Number 11960
ISO 9001:2008

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