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Job description

Tax but not as you know it.

Are you interested in a role where you will investigate serious fraud committed by individuals and organised criminal groups, using the full range of law enforcement powers?

Do you have an inquisitive mind and the ambition in developing a career within an organisation that is at the front line of the fight against tax cheats and fraudsters?

Are you a team-player who could work effectively with colleagues and other stakeholders, such as the Police, to bring criminals to justice?

HMRC are looking for Criminal Investigators to work in the Fraud Investigation Service (FIS)
FIS ensures that HMRC has an effective approach to tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud to protect funding for UK public services.

We use a range of powers and approaches, investigating the most harmful tax cheats and ensuring nobody is beyond our reach.
As a Criminal Investigator you'll help gather vital evidence on individuals and organised crime groups and prepare cases for court. You'll attend court yourself as well, both to give evidence and to obtain orders and warrants. You can expect a combination of desk based investigations alongside static and foot surveillance.

This is a challenging and rewarding role, certainly not a standard 9 to 5 job! You will be required to work unsociable hours and may be called up at short notice - an allowance is paid for this additional flexibility.
You will receive...

Before you apply, we encourage you to learn more about HM Revenue & Customs

Be unique. Be authentic. However you prefer to say it, we really mean it. Our culture embraces people’s diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs. We’re determined to build a better, more connected world for everyone.

You will receive effective training for your role including training on arrests, search warrants and appearances in Court. You will be supported through your training and successful completion of the whole training programme will result in an Accredited Counter-Fraud qualification.

FIS is home to a wide range of teams and people with a variety of skills and professional backgrounds - including accountancy, cybercrime and covert surveillance, to name but a few. As your career within FIS progresses you may have the opportunity to move into and specialise in one of these areas.

We have vacancies available across 11 locations. Vacancies have been linked therefore if you wish to apply for more than one vacancy we may interview you only once. Your subsequent application will be automatically marked as 'Campaign duplicate' status and your interview scores will automatically be carried across.

For further information and to apply now please select from the available locations below

Click here to apply for Solihull
Click here to apply for Croydon
Click here to apply for Reading
Click here to apply for Portsmouth
Click here to apply for Nottingham
Click here to apply for Newcastle
Click here to apply for Leeds
Click here to apply for Ipswich
Click here to apply for Avonmouth
Click here to apply for Salford



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Criminal Investigation Directorate Attendance Allowance (CIDAA) - BASE TIER

CIDAA is paid to FIS officers within a three-tiered structure that reflects the attendance requirement for the jobholder's role. Additionally, there are separate rates for each of the tiers, to reflect the difference between the London and National pay areas.

CIDAA is paid monthly with salary and is a category 2 attendance allowance. It is reviewed each year and the amount and scope of each tier are subject to change.

Further details of the rates of allowance, pensionability and attendance required are set out in the attached Candidate Pack.

If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department's Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check .

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete three online tests (Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, and Situational Judgement test). You must be successful at each stage to progress to the next test.

Online Tests will close 2nd April 2019. Please complete the online tests as soon as possible as there will be no technical help or guaranteed assistance with online tests after 3pm on 2nd April 2019.

There will be scheduled maintenance on the Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Tests on the following date:

22/03/2019 - 22:00 - 06:00

If you attempt to access the tests during this time they will be unavailable. Please plan accordingly as the closing dates for the tests is 02/04/2019.

The tests are taken online and we will send you an invitation and provide full instructions on how to complete the test. Guidance for each test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website. Please ensure that if you experience any technical issues you report these to hmrcrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk immediately.

Please note that online tests associated with this vacancy are not subject to time limits.

We reserve the right to raise the pass mark, to manage the number of successful candidates to be interviewed. Candidates successful following the tests will be invited to interview.

The interview will consist of questions relating to Behaviours and Strengths and may be based upon a specific scenario and how you would respond in that situation.

A sift based on behaviour 1 may be held if a large number of applications are received.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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