Department For Transport

What we will do for you

The Department for Transport and our agencies employ around 18,245 staff and 354 non-payroll staff, who work in locations across the country.

You’ll find specific descriptions in the advertisements we post for jobs but there are essential skills you will need:

  • being able to work in a team – we don’t run transport services directly ourselves, we work with our delivery partners like train and bus companies, local authorities etc
  • self-motivation
  • excellent communication skills, so we can negotiate with, and influence, our partners effectively
    We also value people who can demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills.

Above all we are looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated about improving transport.

Life At Department for Transport

Our staff work in a wide number of roles, including:

  • project and programme management
  • policy advice
  • digital comms
  • engineering
  • economics
  • transport modelling
  • statistics
  • social research
  • accountancy
  • law
  • human resources
  • IT

The benefits of working with us

Many of our staff say it’s the interesting, varied and worthwhile work that’s the real benefit for working with us.

Our staff get:

  • free health checks
  • retail discounts
  • an opportunity to ‘buy’ more holiday entitlement
  • clear objectives that can lead to an annual bonus
  • information to see how everyone’s work fits into the wider objectives forDfT
  • fully supported to carry out their work – if a member of staff needs training or equipment etc, we have a process to get it

Transport is a very high profile area. Everyone relies on the transport network in one way or another, whether it is to get to work or school, visit friends and relatives or the movement of freight so there is food in the shops. Our staff know how important their work is and how they fit in.

Flexible working patterns

Our full time staff based both in and outside London work 37 hours a week, excluding lunch breaks.

Wherever possible, we offer flexible and variable working hours to help our staff have a healthy work/life balance. Many of the jobs are offered as part-time or job share, and working hours can often be varied to suit personal circumstances, or home working can be considered.

More About Us

We work with our agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps UK businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

We’re responsible for:

• providing policy, guidance, funding to English local authorities to help them run and maintain their road networks, improve passenger and freight travel, and develop new major transport schemes

• investing in, maintaining and operating the motorway and trunk road network in England

• setting the strategic direction for the rail industry in England and Wales – funding investment in infrastructure through Network Rail, awarding and managing rail franchises, and regulating rail fares

• improving English bus services through funding and regulation

• working to make our roads less congested & polluted by promoting lower carbon transport, including cycling and walking

• encouraging the use of new technology e.g. smart ticketing and low carbon vehicles

• maintaining high standards of safety and security in transport

• supporting the maritime sector by producing the overall strategy and planning policy for ports in England and Wales

• setting national aviation policy, working with airlines, airports, the Civil Aviation Authority and NATS (the UK’s air traffic service)

Equal opportunities

At DfT you have the right to a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, sex, gender identity, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, working hours, union membership, union office or union activity.

Holiday and travel

All new staff get 25 days annual leave plus 8 days of public holidays. You may be able to ‘buy’ additional holiday days.

Staff can also apply for interest free season ticket loans.

Sport and recreation

We have a very active sport and recreation club affiliated to the Civil Service Sports Council and it hosts many events and activities like language classes, golf, tennis, football, photography and more.

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