General Questions

What benefits do you provide?

The Institute provides many benefits to staff and these can be found under “Rewards and Benefits”.

What are your hours of work?

Our core hours are 9.00 - 17.00 (35 hours per week), although there is some flexibility with agreement from line managers, to start between 8.00 - 9.30 and finish between 16.00 and 17.30.

Do you have any positions involving lab work or research posts?

As a professional body we do not have these positions. Further information on areas that the Institute covers can be found under “Where you could be working”.

Are you only based in central London?

Our main office is in central London, but we also have remote workers in the following locations; national officers in Scotland and Wales, regional officers in the South East, North East, North West, East Anglia, South West and Midlands, regional advisers in Oxfordshire, Leeds and Nottinghamshire.

Do you have a graduate scheme?

The Institute is not large enough to be able to have a graduate scheme, but tries whenever possible, to develop staff. This could be for future roles within the Institute, or by giving them skills to further their career with an external organisation.

Do you provide training?

We provide on the job training and other development on an individual needs basis, in line with the Institute’s objectives.

Do you have a probationary period?

We have a 6 month probationary period for all staff.

Is there a dress code?

Smart dress, as many positions have contact with members and other external contacts.

To whom should I direct questions concerning the selection process?

If you have any questions about the recruitment process or your application, or you have any comments or suggestions about our recruitment process, please e-mail the HR recruitment team.

There aren’t any jobs on the website that I want to apply for; can I send a speculative CV?

No, but you can register your interest in working at the Institute here.

What nationality must I be to become an employee?

In order to become an employee you must be a UK National or (a) a commonwealth citizen (i.e. having the status of a commonwealth citizen under the British Nationality Act 1981). This includes British citizens, British Dependent Territory citizens and British National (Overseas) citizens, and British Overseas citizens; (b) a British protected person; (c) an EEA (European Economic Area) national of other Member States; and certain non-EEA family members; or (d) hold the requisite work permits and entry visas as deemed necessary for residency and work in the United Kingdom.

What do you mean by disability?

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.