This information is for people who are applying to work for CQC.
Before you apply
Skilled Worker sponsorship
We can sponsor Skilled Worker visas for a small number of roles in our Technology, Data and Insight teams. Currently, those roles are:
Data and insight
- Enterprise Data Platform Lead
- Data Sharing Lead
- Data Management and Compliance Lead
- Data Governance Lead
- Data Architect
- Senior Data Modeller
- Senior Data Engineer
- Application Development Manager
- DevOps Manager
- Senior DevOps Engineer
- Senior QA Engineer
- Senior Software Engineer
You must be eligible to take part in this scheme. Check if you qualify for a Skilled Worker visa on the GOV.UK website.
At the moment all our roles are UK based and we are unable to offer relocation support.
Seek your line manager’s permission before applying for secondments.
We recognise continuous service for national and local government, NHS and Civil Service organisations To confirm if your continuous service will count, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fixed term contracts
We’re changing how we regulate to improve care for everyone. As part of this, we are creating a new target operating model. We offer some roles as fixed term contracts as part of the transition to our new operating model.
The role you apply for may exist in the future structure. But, you should be aware that the following applies to fixed term contracts.
- have no automatic right to be considered for a permanent role, or deployment at the end of your contract.
- not be considered in any selection pool for redundancy.
- have no right to any other mitigation of or compensation for redundancy.
You may apply for advertised vacancies which arise during your employment with CQC.
Your application and interview
Breaks in employment
Tell us about any break in employment in the employment history and references section of your application. Include the dates you were taking the break.
Guaranteed Interview scheme
You are eligible to apply under our Guaranteed Interview scheme, if you are a person with a disability.
The scheme ensures you will progress to the next stage of assessment if you have the relevant essential skills and experience. This may be the interview, but it might also be a written task, test or other form of assessment.
The job description will tell you the essential skills and experience needed for the role.
You can tell us in your application form if you want to apply under this scheme.
The interview panel
There may be an Independent Panel Member (IPM) present as part of your interview. This depends on the role you are being interviewed for.
An IPM works at CQC, but is not directly involved in the role you are applying for. They provide an impartial view and support our Diversity and Inclusion strategy. This ensures our recruitment process is open, fair and transparent.
We do not pay travelling expenses for interviewees. This is in line with most government organisations.
There may be exceptional circumstances. We will need to agree these in advance.
Help throughout your application (individual adjustments)
We want CQC to be a great place to work, where all our people can thrive, feel valued and make a difference.
We want our teams to reflect the communities we serve and welcome applications from everyone.
We can make individual adjustments to the recruitment process to support candidates who are disabled or neurodivergent. (These are also sometimes called 'reasonable adjustments'.) This might include things like:
- extra time for tests
- sending you documents in a different format
- changing the way we do your interview.
After the interview
We aim to contact successful candidates as soon as possible after an assessment event takes place.
If you are successful, we will contact you via telephone.
If you are unsuccessful, we will contact you via email.
We do not have a waiting period between applications. You are more than welcome to apply for as many roles as you would like.
We receive a high volume of applications across all our vacancies. This means we cannot give individual feedback at the application stage.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
Our operations roles are subject to a satisfactory DBS check.
Our HR Services Team will wait until your approval before approaching your referees. We will not ask for references before you hand in your notice.