Shift Osg Cookham Wood

  • £9.20 - £11.64 per hour
  • Chatham, Kent
  • Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd

Shift OSG Jobs available in Cookham Wood Prison £9.20 per hour


Temporary Operational Support Grade (OSG) HMP Cookham Wood in The Medway Towns, Kent: Long-term Temporary SHIFT Contracts

Shift Rate initially of £9.20 per hour with additional rates for weekends and nights. (inclusive of Holiday Pay) after 13 week completion increase to £11.64 per hour

Overview of the HMP Cookham Wood positions:

As the leading supplier to the HM Prison Service for the provision of support operatives, Hays is seeking to recruit Shift Operational Support Grades (OSGs) for HM Prison Cookham Wood in the Medway Towns, Kent. Starts ASAP, immediate starts if you are already Prison Cleared.

Long-term temporary positions.

Purpose of the OSG role:

As part of the security team you will be responsible for assisting in the safety and security of the establishment where your duties will include escorting visitors, building contractors, gate duties within the prison and outside areas. You will ensure the safety and security of the visitors, staff and prisoners within a Prison establishment, while persons from outside of NOMS are on site. You will also ensure that no unauthorised persons or items enter the establishment.

Kent Prisons have an excellent reputation as busy local prisons, which serve all the courts in the South East. They pride themselves in engaging and involving employees working alongside them in the process of change.

Main Gate - Shift Pattern: on average 39 hours per week but on a rolling 6 week rota, including early, late, nights and weekend shifts.

For the first 12 weeks, pay rates are as follows: Monday - Friday £9.20ph. Saturdays £11.50. Sundays £12.24. Bank Holidays £12.24. Nights £13.81 per hour.

On your thirteenth week, there is a rate increase to £11.64 for all your rota hours.

Main Gate - Shift Pattern:

Situated in Main Gate Reception & Communications Room

Emergency Control Room & Switchboard duties

Shift Pattern consisting of early, late, mains, weekends, nights

Starting Rate of £9.20 per hour Mon - Fri, weekends & nights at higher rates

Rate increasing up to £11.64 after 3months

Searching Buildings & Patrolling perimeter and grounds

Searching prisoners property, Canteen and kit exchange duties

Checking & Searching Staff, Visitors & contractors

Supervised when Issuing Keys to Staff

Supervision of visitors & contractors on site

Night patrol duties

CCTV operation and Radio Handling

Routine administrative work - Booking in Visitors & Staff

Health & Safety Procedures


No formal qualifications or previous experience is required for this role. However, applicants with security backgrounds are highly desirable.

The nature of the OSG role requires candidates to be security conscious and able to challenge potential compromises and risks, you will also need to be reliable and consistent, level headed and have exceptional interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will have a background in customer services or security, and will be assessed based on the following competencies: Acting with integrity, respecting others, Building relationships and team working, communicating effectively, developing self and others.

Full training is provided by the establishment/ department.

Security Clearance required: Immediate start if you are already Prison Cleared. All applicants will be subject to the HM Prison Service Security Clearance procedure which can take up to 6 weeks. You must hold a Valid Passport or Birth Certificate & Photo Driving Licence in your current address. All applicants must be able to provide details of 2 satisfactory references, at least one from an ex-employer.

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