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  • Apply for the UK Government's HMRC Graduate Programme (Tax Professional) - 200 Positions

  • Posted on: 21 October, 2016 Deadline: 14 November, 2016
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  • With more than 58,500 employees, nearly £540 billion revenue, and around 45 million customers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is a major government department with serious responsibilities.

    HMRC’s work and the revenue it collects touches the lives of every single adult and business in the UK, from students and single mothers, to the largest multi-national corporations. HMRC is the business that helps keep the UK working. As such, HMRC is completely in a league of its own.

    The diversity of the work at HMRC calls for a range of tax professionals and offers a broad range of career paths and possibilities.

    HMRC’s Tax Specialist Programme (TSP) leads to work as a generalist tax professional or specialist in technical or investigative work.

    Graduate Trainees (Tax Professionals)


    About the job

    Job description

    This is an intensive 3-year programme designed to equip you with both technical (tax) knowledge and the professional skills you will need to apply that knowledge when dealing with your customers.

    Stage 1 provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills across different areas of tax.
    Stage 2 deepens your tax knowledge and also builds your broader professional skills and other competences that HMRC needs from its future tax professional leaders.

    During this time, you will be working towards gaining an externally accredited qualification.
    Throughout, you will be working with and learning from an experienced team, and your responsibility will increase in line with your knowledge and confidence. Before you know it, you’ll be carrying out interviews and site visits, and perhaps even leading a team.

    Your programme will include:
    • practical work experience in teams, on live assignments
    • self-study modules
    • tutor-led sessions at one of our training centres
    • ongoing exams and practical work assessments designed to build up your knowledge of tax law and practice
    • regular reviews and appraisals

    The programme has a modular structure, each one commonly lasting around 2 or 3 months. You will have to demonstrate your application of acquired knowledge and skills in the workplace and there is often a formal exam at the completion of a module. Your manager will aslo monitor and assess your performance throughout.

    You must already have the right to live and work in the UK throughout the period of the scheme. If your right to live and work in the UK will expire before the end of the end of the 3 year training programme you will not be eligible to apply. HMRC does not offer sponsorship to enable employment in the UK.

    Qualifications Required:
    • Non Civil Servant: 2:2 Hons Degree or higher, obtained or expected before September 2017.
    • Civil-Servant: You are eligible to apply if you are a serving civil servant recruited through a process of fair and open competition. You do not need any qualifications to apply.
    • If you have not been recruited under a full fair and open competition then you can apply as an external applicant if you have a minimum 2:2 degree qualification.

    For Tax Specialist Programme you must have a 2:2 degree at application stage or the expectation of a 2:2 degree before September 2017.

    We’re looking for people who demonstrate enthusiasm, and are

    • independent thinkers who can confidently express their views and make decisions
    • strong analytical thinkers and problem solvers who can work out what needs to be done and take pride in doing it to completion
    • committed, with determination and resilience, to complete an intensive 3-year training programme
    • team players who can also exercise their initiative
    • adaptable to shifts in business focus and the needs of HMRC’s customers, so people they deal with have no doubt about their integrity and professionalism, because everything HMRC does must be above suspicion and comply with the Civil Service Code.

    Nationality and immigration

    The HMRC Tax Specialist Programme is open to applicants who are:

    • European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, including British citizens
    • Commonwealth citizens
    • Swiss nationals
    • In some circumstances, Turkish nationals

    To apply for the Tax Specialist Programme you must already have the right to live and work in the UK throughout the period of the scheme. If your right to live and work in the UK will expire before the end of the end of the 3 year training programme you will not be eligible to apply. HMRC does not offer sponsorship to enable employment in the UK.



    Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.



    Daily Travel Allowance may be available to successful HMRC applicants if they meet all the eligibility conditions.
    The application form asks for personal information such as National Insurance number and contact details. HMRC also requires a full employment history for the past three years (including dates) as well as referee contact details. You don’t need to complete the application all at once as you are able to save any information you have entered and log in at a later stage to complete it. However, we recommend completing them as soon as possible so that we can provide IT support if necessary.
    Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

    If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMRC by post or by email:

    Tax Academy Recruitment
    Fitzroy House
    Castle Meadow Road
    NG2 1BQ


    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to United Kingdom Government career website on to apply

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