How to apply for a role
Working at Portsmouth
Applying for a job can be a leap of faith, so we've demystified the process with this short guide on how to apply for a job with us. We also go through what to expect once you send us your application.
Finding a role
Find a role by searching our current vacancies. With every job posted, you can quickly see a description of what the job entails, and the closing date for applications.
You'll also see details about where the job sits on our salary scales, and the level of salary you'll get. We're committed to paying the real Living Wage for all roles, as set by the Living Wage Foundation – the current rate outside of London is £9.00 per hour.
You can find details of our current salary scales, including all the spine points and grades, in the table below. Each year, you'll progress another point within your grade, until you reach the top of it.
When you're applying for a role, please note that all our vacancies close at 11.59pm, local time, on the date shown. If you're late with your application, we can't consider you for the role – so don't leave it too late.
Salary scales 2018-19
University of Portsmouth pay structure from Aug 2018
(Numbers on the left indicate spine points with the pay grade)
Grade 1272 £92,378
Grade 1163 £79,224
Grade 1057 £70,436
Grade 949 £58,089
Grade 843 £48,677
Grade 735 £38,460
Grade 631 £34,189
Grade 526 £29,515
Grade 422 £26,243
Grade 316 £22,017
Grade 211 £19,202
Grade 16 £17,079
Applying for a role
The most important thing to remember is, whatever the position, we welcome applications from all candidates – regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or relationship status.
All applications have to be made using our online system – for help and advice on using the system, email email@example.com.
Applying for more than one job
If you've found more than one job you'd like to apply for, you'll need to submit an individual application for each job.
To make that process a little easier, our online system will save the application form you are working on so you can review and amend it as required.
The selection process
Once the closing date has passed, a selection panel will consider all applications received on time to identify the people they want to interview.
The University is an equal opportunities employer. The University is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme and DisabledGo. We encourage and welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.
Candidates are considered by how well they meet the job description and person specification, and if we select you for the next stage – the interview – we'll contact you as soon as possible with a time and date. The email we send also highlights what to expect during the interview process.
At this stage, we ask all applicants for the same equality monitoring information. This information isn't shared with recruitment panels and forms no part of the shortlisting or interview process.
We do, however, ask you to let us know if you're disabled. This is so we can make any appropriate arrangements. The information you give won't affect our decision.
Another important thing to consider at this stage is that you'll need to provide proof of any relevant qualifications you've listed, so make sure you have them somewhere to hand.
Attending your interview
Our people are friendly and approachable, so while your interview is obviously important to your chances of getting the job, it's nothing to fear. After all, you've been shortlisted based solely on how well you fit the role.
Once your interview is complete, we'll make a decision as quickly as possible. If you've got the job, we'll be in contact to offer you the position.
References are only taken up once you have accepted our verbal offer of employment. All our roles are offered subject to collecting satisfactory references. For all our roles, we'll need 2 references that cover the last 3 years of employment. One must be your current or most recent employer, and from someone senior to you with direct knowledge of your work.
If you don't have a recent employer, you can include referees related to any unpaid employment, or personal referees in a position of responsibility who can comment on your character – such as a lawyer, doctor or church leader. If you're a school leaver or recent graduate you can include lecturers or tutors as appropriate.
Claiming interview expenses
If you're entitled to claim expenses for your interview, we'll send you a link to an expenses form. Once completed, return it with receipts to the School or Department that interviewed you, as soon as possible following your interview.
Proving your right to work
We have a duty to prevent illegal working, so we carry out document checks to confirm that all applicants have the right to work in the UK, and are permitted to do the type of work they are applying for. You must supply the original documents, and bring them to your interview.
If you're a non-EEA applicant working at or visiting the University, you can get a copy of our Applying for a Visa guidance document – which features important information on current UK Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements for either new or existing non UK/EEA staff – by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It includes information on types of visa, recruitment and application as well as the duties and responsibilities of both recruiters and visa holders. Failure to adhere to the requirements of the UKVI could impact on the University’s ability to recruit international applicants.
For further information on visas and working in the UK, please visit the UK government's Visas and Immigration page, which contains lots of useful advice and guidance.