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Application FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a job that suits my needs?

Visit the search and apply page to find positions that might be right for you. The search results page will show all the open positions that match your criteria. Click on the job titles for detailed descriptions and the option to apply for a job.

What if there’s nothing suitable for me at the moment?

If the search results aren’t showing any suitable positions you can still register your details with us.  When a new position that meets your search criteria becomes available, you’ll be emailed or texted with an alert.

Can I send just send in my CV anyway in case something comes up?

Sadly, we can only accept applications for open vacancies which are advertised on our website. But please register your details and search criteria with us as mentioned above.

How flexible are you in terms of working locations and hours?

As you can imagine, it depends on the role. But we offer practical support in many ways to help our people meet their personal responsibilities. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to offer more flexibility, whether it is working from home or job sharing. Our priority is to enable you to work effectively wherever you are, and in ways that suit you.

What training and development opportunities would I be given?

We have a range of professional and personal skills development programmes and our apprenticeship scheme is one of the biggest in the UK. We positively encourage our people to keep learning and participate in the programmes that are right for them.

What opportunities are there for me to advance my career?

We’re a big and complex business, so the opportunities for you to move up the career ladder are numerous. Or you could explore the possibility of moving into a role in a completely different part of the organisation. We believe strongly in giving our people the scope to set and realise their own goals. If you want to make the most of your career, we'll encourage you all the way.

Are there any international opportunities?

We have operations in the UK, Europe, North America and the Republic of Ireland so the opportunities exist. But realising them will depend on your particular skills and motivation.

Do you recruit graduates?

We certainly do and have a number of award-winning graduate programmes in engineering; information systems; subsurface; finance; marketing; customer operations; analysis; human resources; and health, safety & environment. For more details, please visit our graduate pages.

I’m interested in working as a British Gas engineer. Where do I get more information?

We would love to hear from you! Please visit our British Gas Jobs website to find out more.

I believe that I have a condition or circumstances which require adjustments to the assessment process. What should I do?

If you have a condition or circumstances that may affect your application you should alert the Centrica Recruitment Team when asked during the application process. They can then make the hiring manager aware so that possible adjustments can be discussed with you.

There are no adjustments required to our online personality and ability tests because they have already been adapted. There is no time limit when completing any online personality questionnaires, so you can take as long as you need to complete them. Our online ability tests are specifically designed to avoid the adverse impact that timed tests can have on candidates whose reading speed may be affected by visual impairment and conditions such as dyslexia, as well as on those who speak English as an additional language.

The tests avoid an adverse impact on those with a slower reading speed by using a number of features:

  • Time limits are extended by 25-50% for all candidates, which research has indicated does not advantage non-dyslexic candidates, but does ensure that dyslexic candidates can demonstrate their full ability
  • Verbal tests contain business English only and do not require any culture-specific knowledge
  • Numerical tests keep verbal information to a minimum to prevent scores being affected by speed reading
  • All tests can be adjusted within your browser to adopt large print-sizes, high-contrast settings, and are fully compatible with screen-readers and refreshable Braille
If you offer me a job, what pre-employment checks will you make?

Any checks will vary depending on the role and the country you have been offered. Please check with your recruiter for further information.

What is National Security Vetting and does it apply to me?

National Security Vetting is an enhanced level of screening for employees working on sites considered to be of importance to the UK’s national infrastructure. In the case of Centrica, it applies to only a small number of roles. If it is relevant to you this will be pointed out in the job description and again during the recruitment process.

If you have already gone through an appropriate level of screening due to the nature of a previous role, you may not be required to undertake it again. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you feel that this may apply to you, please bring it to the attention of our recruiter at the earliest opportunity.

Do I need a work visa?

We are unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work for Centrica in the UK.

If I have a criminal conviction, do I need to declare this in advance?

Yes. When asked, you should declare any unspent criminal convictions (no matter how irrelevant or minor you may feel they are). You should do this on your application or at the earliest opportunity.

Having an unspent criminal conviction does not automatically disqualify you from working for us. Before making a decision, we would consider the nature and number of offences, and whether we think they would have a negative impact on your ability to carry out your role.

But, if you fail to self-declare and we later find out about a conviction, we may view this as an attempt to conceal the offence from us.

If we offer you a position, we will obtain a Basic Disclosure check. This will confirm to us any convictions (including road traffic offences) not considered spent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. In a limited number of cases, a higher level of investigation may be conducted, but where this is the case it will be stated in advance.

It is your responsibility to know if any offence you've committed is spent or not. If you're unsure you should seek guidance from the issuing authority. Please note that this will include road traffic offences.

If I have any adverse financial history, do I need to declare this in advance?

Yes. You should do this on your application or at the earliest opportunity. When asked you should declare any bankruptcies, sequestrations or debt relief orders. You must also disclose any County Court judgements, Sheriff Court decrees, individual voluntary arrangements, protected trust deeds, and administration or composition orders. If we offer you a position, we will conduct a financial check which will look at all these things.

Having a County Court judgement or Sheriff Court decree registered against you does not automatically disqualify you from working for us. We will take a realistic view as to whether your adverse financial history, in its entirety, fits within what we consider to be an acceptable limit.

But If you fail to self-declare and we later find out about a personal financial issue, we may view this as an attempt to conceal it from us.

I’m worried that the recruitment offer may not be genuine. What should I do?

It is important to be aware of fraudulent recruitment activity, so you’re right to be alert. Centrica will never offer you a job or a contract without first having gone through a detailed recruitment process which will involve at least one face-to-face meeting or assessment. If an offer looks fraudulent, it probably is. Offers coming from e-mail accounts which are not from the Centrica group - such as .yahoo, .msn, .hotmail accounts - are fraudulent. Do not share personal information with these accounts and report anything suspicious to