Your on-boarding process

Congratulations on your offer to work here at DE&S – we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the team.

Over the coming weeks, you’ll hear from a number of our partner organisations as we get everything organised for you to start.

Below is a brief overview of who will be in touch and how long their process may take.

Defence Business Services (DBS)

DBS is an organisation within the Ministry of Defence who help provide a full range of civilian human resources and pay services to Defence. DBS will contact you to help arrange your pre-employment checks which need to be completed before you can start in your new job.

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Process length: up to 2 weeks

OH Assist are our occupational health services provider. The occupational health check can take up to two weeks, sometimes longer depending on your medical circumstances.

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Process length: 20 days to a number of months

UKSV is the main UK government provider of security clearances. There are two types of security clearance within DE&S and it depends upon what type of role you are allocated to as to which level of security clearance you require:

SC security clearance:

In most cases, this clearance should take 20 working days to clear but could take longer for a variety of reasons depending upon your personal circumstances.

DV security clearance:

This clearance can take a number of months to clear as it’s a higher level of security and requires you having an interview with the vetting department.


Process length: one week

References are obtained via your HMRC tax record and usually take one week to complete. Where a written personal reference is also required, this can take longer.

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