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About Home Office
About The Home Office
The Home Office is one of 24 ministerial departments of the UK Government. Formed in 1782, the Home Office currently has responsibility for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and the police. Headed by the Home Secretary, presently Theresa May, the Home Office’s main location is in London but it has offices around the UK. It also has offices abroad, in cities such as Mumbai and Washington. As of January 2013, the Home Office employed more than 27,500 people.
The divisions of the Home Office comprise the UK Border Force, HM Passport Office, Immigration Enforcement, Corporate Services and UK Visas and Immigration. Other public bodies attached to the Home Office include the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and Office of Surveillance Commissioners.
The range of employee benefits offered by the Home Office includes a career average pension scheme, a generous holiday allowance, flexible working arrangements, career development opportunities and time off for volunteering.
The Home Office is acknowledged as a flexible, professional and diverse employer. In 2015 it was recognised by the Times newspaper as one of the Top 50 Employers for Women and it was the first organisation to be ClearAssured in recognition of its work to recruit and retain staff with disabilities.
The Home Office recruits on merit after fair and open selection, and welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates. It operates within the guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities. Many posts are suitable for people who wish to work flexibly, to job-share or to work part-time.
In 2015 and 2016, the charity Stonewall named the Home Office a ‘Star Performer’ for its support of LGBT staff. The Home Office is the only government department to be accorded this status and it has been in the top 10 of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for the past five years.
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