Want to work where you can make a real difference?

Do you want a job where you can change people’s lives and help build a better and safer community? Do you want to be part of a dynamic organisation that needs forward-thinking and motivated people to join its team?


If this whets your appetite, then the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) wants to hear from you. We are currently recruiting permanent Prisoner Custody Officers (PCOs) to work at our Court Custody Service throughout Northern Ireland.

This is a unique opportunity to play your part in making Northern Ireland a safer place; not only by keeping the people in our care safe and secure as they are taken to and from courts across Northern Ireland but will include various roles in support of the Prison Establishments.

Successful candidates will undergo extensive training and will receive support and guidance as they begin working with people in our care. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop new skills and to progress through our management structure in a career that will be varied, demanding and satisfying.

The role of a Prisoner Custody Officer is a challenging one, and will require motivation, courage, respect, resilience and compassion. If this sounds like you then we’d like to hear from you.

What will I get paid?

£17,720 - £19,942 (30 hours)

The position attracts a supplementary risk allowance which is currently £3,669 per annum (under review) and a boot allowance of £92.80 per annum.

If there is a requirement to drive one of our cellular vehicles a daily driver allowance may be available and is currently payable at a rate of £5, £10 or £15 depending on the size of the vehicle being driven.

Starting salary will be at the minimum of the scale. Pay progression will be as per current NIPS pay policy.

What hours will I work?

This PCO position is on a 30 hour per week contract. Hours worked in excess of 39 hours per week will not be pensionable. You will normally be required to work a six hour day between the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 daily.

Where will I work?

PCO 30 Hour staff are based at courts throughout Northern Ireland. Successful applicants will be allocated to a home station, however as a mobile grade a PCO must be willing to work at any court location when required.

What does the job involve?

Your main role is to keep people in our care safe while transporting them to various locations (usually between prisons and courts) across Northern Ireland. You will escort the people to custody suites and other locations, including into courtrooms.

You will also share information as appropriate on prisoner behaviour/progress and use every opportunity to encourage positive behaviours.