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Resettlement and Benefits

Advance into Justice offers a wide range of benefits to support your move to a second career as a prison officer.

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Resettlement and benefits

To support your resettlement, you will be offered one of the following:

  • home-to-work travel expenses for up to two years, if you live within 75 minutes of the prison you’ll be working at
  • up to £12,000 relocation costs if you live more than 75 minutes away.

* Relocation costs over £8,000 are usually taxable, however we will be covering the tax burden for pay the additional £4,000.


Your pay depends on where you work in England and Wales, and your weekly shift hours.

You will start on a 37 hour contract until your initial training is complete. After this you can choose to increase your hours to 39 or 41 hours a week.

You can also earn more if overtime is available in your prison.

Example starting salary for a 39 hour week (including 20% unsocial hours allowance)
Inner London £35,931
Outer London £34,140 to £36,140*
South and South East £32,702 to £34,202*
Other locations £30,702

Figures based on new pay award from September 2022.

*includes market supplements.


  • 25 days annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years service)
  • Civil service pension with employer contributions of over 25%
  • paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day*
  • generous maternity leave cover
  • cycle to work scheme and travel loans
  • property rental deposit loans
  • access to local keyworker housing schemes
  • employee assistance programmes
  • paid special leave for Reservists to participate in the continuous mandatory period of training.

*As prisons operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you will be expected to work on some public and bank holidays. Any that you do work will be added to your annual leave entitlement.

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