NOMS Project Escort / Shift OSG

South East London
£8.41 - £12.10 per hour
13 Apr 2017
12 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

HMP Belmarsh, South East London are looking to fill long-term temporary contract jobs for OSGs.

HMP Belmarsh, South East London: Long-term Temporary Contracts
£8.41 per hour (inclusive of Holiday Pay)

*Pay rise to £12.10 per hour after 3 months for shift workers.

Overview of the HMP Belmarsh positions:

As the sole agency supplier to the HM Prison Service for the provision of maintenance trades & support operatives, Hays is seeking to recruit Operational Support Grades (OSGs) for Belmarsh Prison in South East London. Immediate starts, if you are already Prison Cleared. Long-term temporary positions expected to last 3-9 months, with the potential to apply for permanent positions internally.

Purpose of the OSG role:

As part of the security team you will be responsible for assisting in the safety and security of the establishment where your duties will include escorting visitors, building contractors, gate duties within the prison and outside areas. You will ensure the safety and security of the visitors, staff and prisoners within a Prison establishment, while persons from outside of NOMS are on site. You will also ensure that no unauthorised persons or items enter the establishment.

  • OSG - Monday to Friday Pattern: on average 37 hours per week, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Hours paid at £8.41 per hour. For the first six weeks your responsibilities will be to escort contractors for a current project at the Prison. After the six weeks you will be required to go on to the shift pattern which will include weekends and night shifts - Monday to Friday shifts will be paid at £8.41 per hour for the first 6 weeks on shift. Weekend and night rates are paid at a higher rate. In the 7th week as a Shift OSG (13th week overall) your hourly rate will increase to £12.10 per hour for all Shift hours. Overtime rates in place for any additional overtime that may be worked.

OSG Duties include:

Checking & Searching Visitors
Radio handling
Supervision of visitors
Stores duties
Patrolling perimeter and grounds
Routine administrative work
Escorting contractors & vehicles
Night patrol duties
Contractor Tool checks
Switchboard duties
Searching Buildings
Canteen and kit exchange duties
Health & Safety Procedures
Supervising small selected prisoner work parties
Emergency Control Room (ECR) and Communications Room


No formal qualifications or previous experience is required for this role. However, applicants with security backgrounds are highly desirable. The nature of the OSG role requires candidates to be security conscious and able to challenge potential compromises and risks, you will also need to be reliable and consistent, level headed and have exceptional interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will have a background in customer services or security, and will be assessed based on the following competencies: Acting with integrity, respecting others, Building relationships and team working, communicating effectively, developing self and others. Full training is provided by the establishment/ department. Training time will be paid at the standard hourly rate.

Security Clearance required:

Immediate start if you are already Prison Cleared. All applicants will be subject to the HM Prison Service Security Clearance procedure including a Counter-Terrorism Check (CTC) which can take up to 3 months. You must hold a Valid Passport or Birth Certificate & Photo Driving Licence in your current address. All applicants must be able to provide details of 2 satisfactory references, at least one from an ex-employer.

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