Our reward package

We’re looking for an exceptional Junior Database Administrator to help us make a difference to our planet.

Our Junior Database Administrator will work a hybrid pattern of homeworking and 3 days per week in Exeter HQ.

Why join us?

We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science to deliver extraordinary impact and benefit across the globe. Our work helps people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

As our Junior Database Administrator, your total reward package is potentially worth up to £36500.00 annually, which includes basic salary, market supplement, potential corporate bonus and employer pension contributions.

Your starting salary will be £24146.00 and you will have opportunities to progress to £26641.00 over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minima.

In addition you will be paid £2500.00 per annum as a market supplement to reflect the demand for your skills. You will be paid this market driven allowance from April 2022 until March 2024 in your monthly pay whilst performing this role.

Your package includes:- Outstanding Civil Service Pension- Flexible hours and homeworking- Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) after 5 years and option to buy or sell up to 5 days per year of annual leave- Cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel- Access to discounted shopping on a range of retail, leisure and lifestyle categories

We believe that well supported teams deliver the most effective outcomes and that’s why you will enjoy the benefits of a flexible working day, aligned where possible around you and your lifestyle.

Who we are

We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, to help people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.


  • We’re a force for good – focusing on our environmental and social impact
  • We’re experts by nature – always learning and developing to do things better
  • We live and breathe it – putting our purpose at the heart of decision-making
  • We’re better together – understanding partnerships and inclusivity make us greater
  • We keep evolving – pushing boundaries to make tomorrow better for our customers

Find out more about our values on our careers site.

Job Responsibilities

As our Junior Database Administrator, the key duties are:

  • Service Support:
    • Maintaining and monitoring the services. Assist with the delivery of effective and adaptable database administration services, ensuring both operationally and non-operationally supported databases meet project and/ or customer expectations.
    • Assist with installation, upgrade and configuration tasks, maintenance of system security, perform back-up and recovery procedures in line with agreed best practice to deliver and maintain efficient and reliable databases.
    • Involvement in diagnosing and resolving database problems, including using database management tools, to meet the agreed service levels.
    • Getting a thorough understanding of effective Change, Incident & Problem Management.
    • Proactively addressing issues which have a wider impact on service delivery.
    • Maintaining procedures and other documentation for colleagues, other support teams, users, IT Operations and customers.
  • Workload Management:
    • Following local best-practice and/ or guidelines, involvement in peer reviews of work undertaken and reviewing the documentation as necessary.
  • Team Working:
    • Work effectively and help to contribute to the success of the Corporate Database Team. Suggest areas for enhancement to monitor and drive continuous improvement.
    • Gain an understanding of complex technical information, enabling concise communication to non technical specialists including business colleagues and customers.
    • Gain an understanding of services & projects and carrying out activities to improve the services offered.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Candidates must demonstrate a basic understanding of database technology, ideally Oracle version 12 and/ or 19 or PostgreSQL version 9 and above.
  2. Great team-working skills and, when appropriate, the ability and enthusiasm to work on your own initiative.
  3. Ability to create and maintain working relationships with other teams at any level as cross team co-operation is essential for successful service delivery.
  4. Capacity to follow, update and produce documentation to support troubleshooting and various other daily tasks for colleagues to follow, together with enthusiasm for “show and tell”.
  5. An enthusiasm to deliver, get involved and take ownership of issues.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

We encourage you to apply if you believe you meet our essential criteria, but your application will be even stronger if you have:

  1. Programming with Oracle PL/ SQL or Postgres PL/ pgSQL
  2. An understanding of/ capability with linux.

How to apply

If you share our values, we’d love to hear from you. Apply below using your CV and a Supporting Statement (which must explain how you meet each of the essential criteria).

Closing date 21/ 09/ 2022 at 23:59 with interviews commencing from 28/ 09/ 2022 . You will hear from us once the closing date has passed. Our interviews are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

If successful, please note we are unable to offer expenses for travel to your normal place of work. Please ask at interview if you would like extra clarity on how often this requirement is likely to be.

How we can help:

If you are considering applying and need assistance to do so, please contact us via . You can request adjustments either within your application or by contacting us. Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity.

You can select in your application to be considered under the Disability Confident (Guaranteed Interview) Scheme. To be invited to interview/ assessment under this scheme, your application must meet the essential criteria for the role.

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from those with all protected characteristics. We recruit on merit, fairness, and open competition in line with the Civil Service Code.

We can only accept applications from those eligible to live and work in the UK – please refer to GOV.UK for information. We require Security clearance, for which you need to have resided in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years to be eligible. You will need to achieve full security clearance within your first 6 months with us.

We operate an on-call roster in Technology to provide 24/ 7/ 365 support to respond to operational service requirements. This post may be part of an on-call roster and the postholder would be required to participate in an on-call roster where in operation. GOLD