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About us
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues.

We are responsible for policy and regulations on:


- the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals

- sustainable development and the green economy

- food, farming
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- animal health and welfare

- environmental protection and pollution control

- rural communities and issues


Although we only work directly in England, we work closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and we generally lead on negotiations in the EU and internationally.


Read more about the Department, including key facts and figures, our priorities and objectives on our website.
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What is it like to work at DEFRA?

4.0
Work/Life Balance
3.7
Salary/Benefits
3.3
Job Security/Advancement
3.4
Management
3.6
Culture

What are people saying about the leadership at DEFRA?

89%
of employees approve of CEO’s performance
CEO Approval is based on 27 ratings
3.0
Challenging and constantly changing environment
Written by Senior Manager (Former Employee) from London, Greater London on 21 April 2020
Typical days at work were very long. I regularly worked from 7am to 7/8pm most days.

The management had very high expectations of delivery despite the constantly changing objectives. There was not always clear direction and support in achieving these aims and as such.


The workplace culture was fast paced and challenging.


The hardest part
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Pros
Flexibility to work from home
Cons
Really Long Hours
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What jobs are available at DEFRA?

Top work locations
4.0
Newcastle upon Tyne
4.0
Worcester
3.8
London
3.2
York
Most popular roles
4.7
Secretary
4.0
Administrative Assistant
3.6
Administrative Officer

DEFRA jobs:

What did candidates say about the interview at DEFRA?

Interview experience
Based on 33 interviews
Average
Interview difficulty
Based on 34 interviews
Medium
Interview process length
Based on 29 interviews
About a day or two
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