Annual leave and privilege holidays

Successful candidates new to the Civil Service will be entitled to 22 days annual leave in their first year, rising to 25 days in year two. This increases to 30 days after 10 years’ service which is more leave than the statutory minimum of 28 days. The leave allowance is pro rata for part-time staff. 

In addition, you will be entitled to between eight and ten public holiday days depending on where you are located in the UK plus one privilege day depending on where you are located in the UK: to mark the Queen’s birthday (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and Victoria Day (Scotland).

People transferring into HMRC from other government departments accept the HMRC terms and conditions of appointment including annual leave.

Only service with another government department or recognised non-departmental public body will qualify towards annual leave entitlement on transfer into HMRC.

Hours of work

37 hours per week

Occupational sick pay

Entitlement to full pay for one month in the first year of service plus one month at half pay.

This entitlement will increase by one month full pay and one month half pay for every year of service, up to five months full pay and five months half pay from the beginning of the fifth year of service.

No more than 10 months total sick pay in a period of four years. 


A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join. More information about pension provisions can be found at Civil Service Pensions : Welcome to Civil Service Pensions

Members schemes

Trade Unions - HMRC supports the principle of collective bargaining and does this through providing facilities for the recognised Trade Unions to enable them to fully represent staff.

Revenue and Customs Sports and Leisure Club (RCSL) - Being a member of the RCSL allows staff the opportunity to:

  • participate in local and national departmental sporting competitions
  • use work based gym and leisure facilities
  • obtain discounts at various commercial gym and leisure facilities
  • join colleagues in subsidised social event
  • membership of RCSL entitles staff to discounts on various benefits

CSSC Sports & Leisure - CSSC Sports and Leisure is the largest provider of corporate leisure and fitness facilities in the UK, offering a huge range of activities and offers to its members.

Talent, career and personal development

The Civil Service has always thrived on talent, and developing people is a priority for HMRC. Now more than ever, we want to tap into our people’s full potential so we can stretch and develop them while bringing benefits to our business. There are three HMRC talent programs and many other ways to develop your career.

Health and well being

As an organisation, HMRC wants everyone to enjoy working in a safe and healthy environment. We believe this is a key factor in increasing everyone's motivation, job satisfaction, performance and creativity. We recognise and accept our responsibilities for the health and wellbeing of colleagues and those outside the organisation who may be affected by our operations, and we want to promote excellent health, safety and wellbeing for everyone 

Key initiatives supported by HMRC

  • cycle to work scheme
  • stress management
  • employee assistance programme - a 24/7 helpline offering advice on a wide range of subject matters.
  • occupational health services
  • third party providers such as Change4life Campaign, The Charity for Civil Servants, Money Advice Service, Benenden healthcare, Access to Work Revenue and Customs Sports and Leisure and the Civil Service Sports Council
  • free eyesight testing

Help with caring responsibilities

HMRC recognises that there may be difficulties in combining child/adult care responsibilities with work and offers support in a number of practical ways. These include:

  • a childcare voucher scheme
  • salary advances to cover nursery and childcare costs
  • alternative working patterns
  • special leave
  • the Civil Service offers generous paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers
  • parental leave

Work/life balance

We believe that everyone works better and enjoys their job more if they can achieve a good balance between work and life commitments. We offer a variety of options to help people achieve this balance: 

  • flexible hours
  • term time working
  • childcare vouchers
  • job share
  • career break scheme 
  • generous holiday entitlements
  • flexible retirement

Our ability to accommodate these options will be dependent on your job and HMRC’s business needs.

Community Volunteering Programme

As well as offering great development opportunities, HMRC's volunteering programme will help you to understand the needs of our current and future customers and raise their awareness of our work. It has three main themes: tax education for young people; digital inclusion; and youth employability.

With the agreement of your manager, you can take up to three days’ paid special leave in any 12 month period for volunteering, provided the activity delivers both business and personal development benefits.

Learning and development

HMRC is committed to the continuous development of all staff to enable them to develop skills within their current role and build capability for the future.

There is a great variety of formal taxes training and qualifications and other formal learning programmes available to you on joining HMRC. 

Equality and diversity

We rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations, regardless of race, colour, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, nationality, religion, age, disability, marital status or any other protected classification. 

Everyone in HMRC brings something different. So will you.

HMRC has the following eight staff diversity Networks:

  • age
  • carers
  • gender
  • disability
  • lesbian, gay and bisexual
  • transgender
  • religion or belief
  • race - embrace Career Management Programme - The Programme supports Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff at grades AA, AO and EO