- What jobs are available now and how do I apply?
You can search our current job vacancies on our Anchor Careers page and apply for them online.
If you have seen a specific vacancy elsewhere, please apply using the instructions given in the advert.
- Why should I consider working for Anchor?
Anchor is England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care and an Investors in People employer.
We offer a range of interesting and varied career opportunities across a number of professions throughout the country.
- Are flexible working opportunities available?
Yes, flexible working patterns are available in some job roles.
- Which locations can I work in?
We have around 1,000 locations throughout England giving you a wide range of possibilities.
You can search our current vacancies by region on our Anchor Careers page.
- What career opportunities are there?
Employing more than 8,500 capable, caring and committed people, Anchor provides a wide range of career opportunities to work with like-minded individuals, delivering a first class service to our customers and playing a vital role in our continued success.
- What training and development opportunities do you offer?
We offer a range of training opportunities including:
- Recognised qualifications, such as NVQs and the Registered Managers Award
- Specialist professional training.
- Can you send me a paper application form?
Anchor requires all applications to be made online. It is recommended to use a computer in a library or local Jobcentre Plus if you do not have access at home.
- I have already applied for a role with Anchor; do I have to enter my details again when applying for another role?
Yes, this is essential to ensure that each hiring manager receives your full application.
- I have never had a telephone interview before, what should I expect?
A member of Anchor’s Recruitment team will contact you to arrange a time and date for your telephone interview. The telephone interview will be conducted by a member of Anchor’s Resourcing team and they will call you on your preferred contact number. It is advisable to ensure that you are in a quiet area with good phone signal and available at the time arranged. The questions will all be relevant to the role that you have applied for, this is also an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the role. If you are successful in your telephone interview you will be invited to a face to face interview, which will usually take place at the location where the role will be based.
- I have a holiday coming up – when should I let the interviewer know about this?
If your holiday is within the next 3 months or during a peak season, i.e Christmas, it is recommended to advise the interviewer so they can make a note of this for the Hiring Manager.
- I am having difficulties applying online, what should I do?
Please ensure that you have completed every box, if a question is not applicable to you please type N.A. Applications will also fail if a CV is not uploaded.
- How can I be sure that you have received my application?
You will receive an automatic email confirming receipt.
- A member of my family lives at the location that I’d like to apply for, can I still apply?
You would not be permitted to work at the same location that a family member lives in.
- I live in an Anchor property, am I able to apply for a role within Anchor?
Yes, however, you would not be permitted to work at the same location that you live in.
- How do I know the closing date for a role?
The closing date will always be included within the advert.
- How soon will I hear about a role that I applied for?
After the closing date has passed, the applications will be shortlisted, in most cases you will hear within 2 weeks if you are to be invited to an interview.
- How many people will interview me at a face to face interview?
You will usually be interviewed by a panel of 2; one interviewer will be making notes.
- Can I take my own notes into an interview?
It is recommended to ask the interviewer if you can use notes, however, it would be advisable not to rely heavily on your notes during an interview.
- What training will be available to me?
Anchor currently has more than 60 internal training courses available. We recognise the importance of Learning and Development and you will have access to a range of courses. New starters will also have the opportunity to attend an Induction Event during their probationary period.
- Is there a uniform?
For all office based roles a ‘business wear’ dress code should be adhered to. Uniforms are provided for operational (customer facing) roles, further detail can be clarified at interview.
- Do you provide work wear?
Yes, corporate work wear is provided for some jobs.
- Do I have to advise that I have a Criminal Record?
Yes, this information should be discussed with your interviewer.
- How can I become a volunteer in an Anchor home?
To apply for volunteer posts, use the search term ‘volunteer’ in the jobs section in the same way you would search for a paid post.
- I already have a DBS check – can I transfer this?
For a small annual subscription of just £13 (free for volunteers), applicants can have their DBS Certificate kept up-to-date and take it with them from role to role, within the same workforce, where the same type and level of check is required. This is by joining the DBS Update Service online https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.
- What would my annual leave entitlement be?
Leave entitlement differs dependant on role and the amount of hours worked, this would be fully detailed in your employment contract.
- How long is the probation period?
In most cases, 3 calendar months.
- Are there any opportunities for development and promotion?
Yes, your line manager will support your personal development and there are many opportunities to progress, one of the many advantages of working with a large organisation.
- I have an interview arranged with Anchor, but I have been offered another job, who do I advise?
It is essential that you advise firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to withdraw your application, or if you have simply changed your mind. We understand that changes happen and in some instances this may mean that someone else is offered an opportunity in your place.