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Careers at the SFO

Do you want to join an organisation dedicated to combatting serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption?

SFO posts are advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website here.

Our success depends on the performance of our people, so we need highly skilled and motivated staff to help face the challenge of increasingly sophisticated economic criminals. Our staff include investigators, accountants, lawyers, those skilled in digital forensics, and a variety of support and corporate roles.

Benefits of working for the SFO include:

  • Challenging, interesting and varied work
  • Ongoing training, including opportunities for personal development and promotion
  • A salary and benefits package which rewards and recognises performance
  • Generous annual leave provision
  • Flexible working hours
  • A range of family friendly policies, for example paid paternity leave, adoption and enhanced maternity leave (subject to qualifying length of service)
  • Interest free loans for season ticket purchase for permanent staff
  • Access to a defined benefit pension scheme
  • Access to the Rental Deposit Salary Advance Scheme which assists employees in meeting the costs of deposits for privately rented homes

We recruit in accordance with the principle of selection on merit through fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

Please note that we cannot accept CVs sent “on spec.” SFO posts are advertised through the civil service jobs website. You can register to be informed when suitable opportunities are posted.

The SFO is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and respecting cultural diversity. We aim to develop a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.

Secondments and interchange opportunities

The SFO is interested in developing a secondment and interchange scheme with employers in the private and other sectors.

We are particularly interested in exchanging accountants, lawyers and other professional staff. If your organisation would like to explore becoming part of this scheme, please contact our central recruitment team.

Please note: we are not able to consider CVs/requests sent by individuals seeking a secondment without their employer’s HR contact copied in.

External counsel

The SFO employs external counsel for advocacy, advice, and to assist with disclosure and LPP issues.

For advocacy and advice, we have a Queen’s Counsel panel and three panels of junior counsel, categorised according to experience. We have separate panels for Proceeds of Crime work. Our current counsel lists were created in January 2021 following a recruitment competition.

We also use Treasury Counsel.

We liaise directly with chambers to procure the services of disclosure and LPP counsel.

If you are on our counsel list, please contact us if you change your set of chambers, have a query about any of our forms or procedures (for example, invoicing, expense claims, performance monitoring), or are experiencing problems working with our people.

You can also contact us if you have an enquiry about our counsel lists or generally about our use of counsel.