Northern Ireland Prison Service

Permanent vacancies currently exist for:

Night Custody Officer

Salary: £19,742 per annum

The Northern Ireland Prison Service, through its staff, serves the community by keeping in safe and humane custody those committed by the courts and by working with them and other parts of the criminal justice system, to reduce the risk of prisoners re-offending and to help them lead useful lives.

We currently have job opportunities across the Prison Service estate for people willing to play a key role in protecting society and shaping our future.

A Night Custody Officer is accountable under appropriate direction and control for a range of security functions and for the security and safe custody of all prisoners.

Night Custody Officers work an average 44 hour week across a shift cycle, generally between the hours of 20.30 and 8.15.

Applicants must be:

• willing to serve in any prison/young offenders establishment in Northern Ireland. These are:

Maghaberry Prison – near Moira
Magilligan Prison – near Limavady
Hydebank Wood / Young Offenders’ Centre / Prison – near Belfast

• in good health (a medical examination will be necessary);

• good communicators, observant, able to work as a member of a team and use their initiative to deal with varying situations.

The selection procedure to determine successful candidates will include an aptitude test followed by an assessment centre at which the core skills of the post will be tested through a series of group exercises.


An application form and full details may be obtained by telephoning Recruitment Branch on 02890 525334 / 524694 / 525335 or e-mailing us on leaving your name and address. Further details may also be found at and

Completed application forms must be received by Prison Service Headquarters no later than 2pm on 31 August 2007.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service is committed to equality of opportunity in employment. All applications for employment will be considered strictly on the basis of merit.

The Service welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants. As Roman Catholics and women are currently known to be under – represented in the Northern Ireland Prison Service, applications from the Roman Catholic section of the community and from women would be particularly welcome.
There are currently vacancies within the Northern Ireland Prison Service for the following posts:

Operational Support Grade

Operational Support Grade (Catering)


Information for both of these jobs can be obtained by clicking on the following link-
[PDF] Operational Support Grade & Operational Support Grade (Catering) information Leaflet

Application forms for both jobs ( one form does both) are available for you to download, print and complete and return by post to Northern Ireland Prison Service,Recruitment Branch, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SU. Please click on the link below to download

[PDF] Application form for postal return

Application forms can also be downloaded to your PC for you to complete, save and return to us as an e-mail attachment. Once completed please send to our email address at

[DOC] Application form to download, complete electronically and email back to us

Please note NIPS is an equal opportunities employer

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