Information for job applicants

A quick guide to the different stages of applying for a job vacancy with us.

How to apply

You can search for and apply for jobs on our careers website Opens in a new window.

We also offer early career schemes and placements for school leavers and graduates. And we run an annual career returners programme for people who are returning to work after an extended break.

Disability Confident scheme

We’re a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means that applicants who share their disability with us and meet the minimum requirements of the job description are fast-tracked to the first stage of assessment.


You may have to sit a test or a short series of tests before we can consider you for interview. This is usually the case for analytical, clerical or administrative roles. We will give you information ahead of time if you have to sit a test.


Whichever role you apply for, if you are successfully shortlisted, you will need to attend an interview. This will be with two members of staff and maybe also someone from our recruitment team.  

The interview will cover your CV or application form, the skills required for the role and competency-based questions focusing on our values. We also use this time to make sure you fully understand our salary and benefits offer and to give you information about working with us.  

For the majority of roles, you may be invited to attend a second interview with a senior manager and if you have applied for a senior or specialist role, there may also be a third interview.

We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to ensuring that reasonable adjustments are made to our selection processes where needed and that workplace adjustments are available to our employees.

Presentation or seminar

For some roles (eg if you are applying as an experienced economist) you may have to give a seminar or presentation on a paper you have worked on or a topical economic policy issue.

In other areas, such as project management, you may have to present a case study. We will give you the requirements for any presentation ahead of time.

How we’ll contact you

We'll email you after the closing date to let you know if you have got through to the next stage of the selection process.

After you have had an interview, we aim to get back to you within a few weeks.

Pre-employment checks

If we offer you a job, the offer will depend on:

  • satisfactory references
  • security clearance
  • identity checks
  • criminal record checks
  • credit checks
  • proof of qualifications
  • immigration clearance (where relevant).

You will also need to complete a medical questionnaire.

Please note, National Security Vetting (NSV) is required for all staff joining the Bank of England, and there are the following geographical limitations on this:

  • We cannot conduct NSV on any individual, be it a contractor or member of staff, if they have no UK footprint and have no intention on working from a UK jurisdiction (such as UK embassies and other UK ‘managed’ locations)
  • We cannot maintain NSV clearance on any vetted individual if they travel for work to a location outside UK jurisdiction beyond an approved maximum of three months

Career Returners Programme

If you’ve had an extended career break and you’re thinking of moving back into a professional role, this could be for you. 

It is a paid, six-month placement, and it could lead to a permanent job with us. The next group of returners will begin their placements with us in April 2022.

We will have roles in the following teams:

  • Prudential Regulation Authority
  • Monetary Analysis
  • Financial Stability Strategy & Risk
  • Technology

You can apply for this programme on our careers website from October 2021.

This page was last updated 23 March 2022

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