A military tank driving over mud Get ready . . . . Welcome to DE&S on-boarding.
Find guidance and support on questions you may
have ranging from pre-employment checks to the
rewarding benefits we can offer you once you start.

Onboarding information

Recruitment Process

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Pension Choices

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Your Benefits


DE&S Strategy

DE&S Strategy. Today. Tomorrow. Together.
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Frequently Asked Questions

All employees joining DE&S/SDA, who are new to the Civil Service, will be subject to a six-month probation period effective from the employment start date.

This is varied for each candidate depending on your individual circumstances. Your onboarder in Defence Business Services (DBS) will let you know when you can hand in your resignation and agree a start date.

Reed Talent Solutions provide candidate care for all candidates going through our recruitment and onboarding process. They are a separate body to Defence Business Services (DBS), who manage onboarding, and will offer additional support.

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More about Defence Equipment & Support

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Who we are

Part of the Ministry of Defence, we’re a mix of 12,500 talented civil servants and military personnel located across the UK and abroad.

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What we do

Delivering a programme of work of over £13bn annually, we ensure the UK Armed Forces have all the equipment and support they need for their operations.

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Work for us

Join us in specialisms from engineering to project management to commercial – take your first step to a more rewarding career with DE&S.

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