DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

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  • Sectors Government / Official
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  • Flexible work environment An environment for flexible working conditions.
  • Support for global candidates/visas Yes
  • Remote/work from home No
  • Benefits Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates and generous Annual Leave allowance plus Bank Holidays.
  • Company overview

    Company overview

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. We play a critical role in Britain’s current and future prosperity and the wellbeing of everyone in the country. Our purpose is to unleash the economic potential of food and farming, nature and the countryside, champion the environment and provide security against floods, animal and plant disease and other hazards.

  • Company values


    Defra values and supports all its employees. For example, we have strong and proactive staff networks, special leave policies for hospital appointments, reasonable adjustments put in place for those who need them and diversity talent programmes to help everyone irrespective of background to achieve their potential.

  • What makes your organization a great place to work?
    • Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
    • Generous Annual Leave allowance plus Bank Holidays.
    • An environment for flexible working conditions
    • Learning and development to support development of skills and capabilities.

Company Description

Who we are

We have around 10,250 full-time equivalent employees as of 31 December 2020, which excludes Non-Departmental Public Bodies. Our staff are based in London, Bristol, York and other offices throughout England.

Although Defra only works directly in England, it works with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and generally leads on negotiations in the UK and internationally.

We work with other government departments, agencies, and public bodies.

Priority outcomes

  • To improve the environment through cleaner air and water, minimised waste, and thriving plant and terrestrial and marine wildlife.
  • To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon storage in the agricultural, waste, peat and tree [planting sectors to help deliver net zero.
  • To reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding and coastal erosion on people, businesses, communities and the environment
  • To increase the sustainability, productivity and resilience of the agriculture, fishing, food and drink sectors, enhance biosecurity at the border and raise animal welfare standards.

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