*During first year of employment only

The work of a Meat Hygiene Inspector is of crucial importance in protecting public health and ensuring animal welfare. Career progression possibilities include official veterinarian work, imports and exports in the UK. Welcoming applications from UK residents and people with an EU passport who meet the following entry-level requirements.

If you join us as a Meat Hygiene Inspector we will helo you settle into the UK by arranging accommodation and a bank account here. We have done so for many MHIs from overseas.  An excellent package includes a competitive salary a company car, phone, laptop, training and support.

  • Experience: no experience necessary, training will be provided

To work as a Meat Hygiene Inspector at Eville & Jones you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Degree in one of the following areas of study: Animal Science and Technology, Food Biotechnology, Food Safety for Manufacturing, Food Science Engineer, Food Science Technician, Safety and Quality in Animal Production, Veterinary Biotechnologies, Veterinary technician and Zoo-technician.
  • English: Intermediate level of English.
  • Driving license: B category mandatory.

Experience: no experience necessary, training will be provided.

  • As a Meat Hygiene Inspector, you’ll work in a slaughterhouse or meat processing plant and ensure that all meat is being produced safely and in accordance with relevant laws.
  • You’ll help the Official Veterinarian (OV) check that live animals and poultry are all healthy and inspect carcasses to make sure that no nasty diseases are present.
  • Any actions that you recommend must be implemented immediately.
  • This is a very important role, as you’ll be responsible for the safety of the public who purchase meat products.

The tasks of a Meat Hygiene Inspector, typically vary from day to day but will include the following:

  • Assisting the OV in purely practical tasks as defined in the MOC
  • Verifying that animals are properly identified and taking any necessary actions
  • Verifying animal welfare activity including plant specific action plans and undertaking Animal Welfare checks at the required frequency as part of the Animal Welfare Action Plan.
  • Carrying out post-mortem inspection for detection of abnormalities of all carcases and offal presented.
  • Identifying and detaining uncommon conditions for further inspection by the OV and Emergency slaughtered animals.
  • Applying the health mark in accordance with the legislation.
  • Verifying the FBO application of the identification mark.
  • Correctly collecting and despatching samples for disease, conditions and residue purposes.
  • As a Meat Hygiene Inspector, you’ll be expected to be able to deal with slaughterhouse staff and other inspectors; this means someone who is a good communicator able to build effective working relationships and sort out issues as they arise.
  • You’ll need to be able to understand legislative issues so that you can help make effective decisions when required.
  • Difficult situations will arise occasionally as part of the job and you’ll need to be the sort of person with the necessary diplomatic and communication skills to sort these out. And you’ll need to have a comprehensive knowledge of the meat processing sector.
  • A Meat Hygiene Inspector should expect to work between 37 and 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday but this can vary, and overtime might be required to align with the plant hours or as the result of a breakdown; also, you may have to work outside normal working hours if you’re visiting a slaughterhouse or processor.
  • You can expect to spend some time travelling around from one inspection to the next so a driving license and access to transport is useful; conversely, if you’re inspecting on the production line you can expect to be standing in one place for a while.
  • You’ll have to be physically fit to be able to work with heavy meat carcasses; and sometimes the working conditions might be hot or cold, and you’ll be expected to wear protective clothing such as boots, hats and overalls.
  • This is not a job for anyone who doesn’t like strong smells and a noisy environment!

Job Description

Frequently Asked Questions

Sending your CV:
After you have sent your CV to our recruitment department (recruitment@eandj.co.uk) and it meets our requirements, we will contact you with more information about the position you have applied for. Please make sure to check your email inbox (including your spam folder) regularly to keep track of our emails, especially the acceptance of our privacy policy (GDPR) for us to be able to process your personal data.

English assessment:
Before we schedule a Skype interview, we need to make sure your level of English is appropriate, therefore we have designed an internal English assessment test which you will need to take.

If you pass the test, we will move ahead with the recruitment process and schedule you for a Skype interview.

Interviews:
After you have passed the English test, we will arrange a formal interview, which is usually done via Skype with one of our recruiters. The interview will last around 30 to 45 minutes depending on the questions asked, during which time we will aim to give you all the information you need to make your decision, as well as it being an opportunity to get to know you better so we can give you the best possible professional advice.

Outcome of the Interview:
We will inform you about the outcome of the interview as soon as possible, in fact you can expect to be told during the formal interview if you are successful or not. We understand that it is better for you to know the outcome straightaway and we will aim to tell you immediately whenever this is possible. However, it is sometimes necessary to confirm other information first (such as your location or availability to work) and in these cases there can be a short delay in letting you know the outcome of your interview.

Document collection:
If you are successful, as part of the recruitment process you will need to send us a copy of certain documents. Please make sure to produce good quality copies/scans in order to avoid any delay to your application.

Online training:
As soon as we have compiled all the documents required, we will register you to use our Online Training Platform so that you can access the relevant courses that you need to complete. The online theoretical training can be done on a full-time or part-time basis. If you choose to do it full-time (5 days per week, 8 hours per day), it will take approximately 6 weeks to complete. These courses must be completed BEFORE you start the practical training in the UK.

Establishing the arrival details:
During your formal interview we will discuss a provisional arrival date in the UK. As soon as you have confirmed your arrival date, we will provisionally book your accommodation in the Leeds area, making the final arrangements shortly before your arrival. Once again, please always check your email inbox because all the necessary information will be sent to you via email.

Leeds office induction:
The final step, before your practical training takes place in the field, is to meet you in person at our Office Induction course. Here you will be welcomed by our Eville & Jones team who will guide you through the next steps of your training and your first days at work.

Practical training in the UK:
The practical training in the UK will be 10 weeks long. It will start as soon as your office induction finishes, and it will take place, ideally, at the plant(s) where you will be based. Please bear in mind that you will need to drive from our headquarters in Leeds to the area you will be informed about during your induction. From here our operations team will take over and they will guide you through your practical training and the steps you need to take afterwards.

In order for us to be able to register you with the Food and Drinks Qualification (FDQ) for the Meat Hygiene Inspector training you need to provide the following:

  • Diploma/qualification in one of the following: Animal sciences and Technology practices, Food Biotechnology practices, Food Safety for Manufacturing practices, Food Sciences Engineer, Food Science Technician, Safety and Quality in Animal Production practices, Veterinary Bio-technologies practices, Veterinary Technician, Zoo-technician or a proof of work in meat inspection in the UK.
  • Proof of citizenship of a European Community country (EU passport copy – EU National Identity Card)
  • Driving licence
  • Passport picture
  • EU or international driving licence
  • In some cases, we might require the academic records from the University that you have graduated from

FDQ Is the leading awarding organisation, specialising in work-based qualifications for the food and drink industry.  Approved and regulated by the national qualifications regulator in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it has powers to develop and award vocational qualifications.

These qualifications meet the skills needs of those who work in the food and drink industry and its supply chain.  EU regulations require those who work in meat inspection to be suitably qualified. The qualifications offered by FDQ cover the handling and inspection of poultry and red meats in many species, including broilers and hens, ducks and geese, non- hunted game, turkeys, sheep and goats, pigs, cattle and lagomorphs.

One of the main requirements to be able to register you with the FDQ is that you have a diploma or a background which you can prove, in the following:

  • Animal sciences and Technology practices
  • Food Biotechnology, Food Safety for Manufacturing practices
  • Food Sciences Engineer
  • Food Science Technician
  • Safety and Quality in Animal Production practices
  • Veterinary Bio-technologies practices
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Zoo-technician
  • Proof of work in meat inspection or food processing in the UK

For more information about the FDQ please visit their website at fdq.org.uk/

The best way to tell if your level of English is high enough is if you pass our online English assessment. Before we schedule the Skype/face-to-face interview, we will give you access to our e-learning platform for the assessment. The English assessment consists of 25 questions that test your English understanding and reading skills, and it will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. You will need to correctly answer at least 13 questions out of 25 in order to pass the assessment.

After passing the English assessment, we will schedule a Skype interview where we will also check your English speaking and listening skills. The interview consists of friendly questions and you must be able to interpret the language and respond appropriately in order to participate in the conversation.

Before starting your practical training in the UK, you will have to complete the FDQ Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection theoretical training. It is available anytime, anywhere, allowing you to complete it at your convenience.

You will need access to the internet and a laptop or PC with a web camera for this. We are aware that everyone needs a different amount of time to absorb and process information, and with our online learning you will be able to take things at your own pace, this is why we are able to offer you the following 2 options:

Full-time online training – which can be completed in 6 weeks if you study 5 days per week, 8 hours per day.

Or

Part-time online training:
which can be completed in 12 weeks if you study 5 days per week, 4 hours per day. Usually this is preferred by people who have a full-time job, as it allows them to continue working while they do the online training

Please note that if you choose full-time training, you will receive financial compensation of £420 once you start the practical training in the UK. Compensation is not, however, available for those completing the training in more than 6 weeks.

 

The FDQ Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection assessment course consists of 15 theoretical modules including: Ante-mortem Inspection, Animal Welfare, Anatomy, Microbiology, Parasitology, Post-mortem Inspection for all species, and other modules. This training Programme includes additional activities such as the safe use of knife skills and master classes in non-hunted birds, horses, and large game.

Before arriving in the UK for practical training, you must complete the Meat Hygiene Inspector Administrative Online Induction. This is a short online course for those candidates who are soon to begin working for Eville & Jones. This course will assist you in understanding Eville & Jones as a company, as well as its procedures and policies. It will guide you in taking the next practical steps towards becoming a Meat Hygiene Inspector, and you will learn about the equipment that you will be provided with, cars, taxes, salary, etc. The average amount of time to complete this course is 16 hours.

A tutor will be assigned to you, to guide you during this time. You will have their email address and telephone number to clarify any uncertainties or answer any questions that you may have during your training period. Upon your arrival in our Leeds office, a full induction training day will take place and the final arrangements for your practical training will be organised.

Practical Training in the UK:

The practical training will be arranged in the region where your base plant will be. This may be anywhere in England or Wales and, as such, you must be prepared to potentially travel a long distance from Leeds.

The total period of the practical assessment is 10 weeks, as the FDQ requires a total of 400 hours of practical training in post-mortem duties in all species from every trainee, before they can obtain the final qualification.  You will, again, during this time be assigned a coach/tutor to help answer your questions and guide you throughout the process.

Certification obtained after the theoretical and practical training period is finished:

Upon successful completion of the course, the following certificates will be issued by FDQ:

  • Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection
  • Level 2 Award in Principles of the Safe Use of Knives in Meat Inspection
  • Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection

 

Please note that you will be provided with a PDF copy of the FDQ certificates once they have been issued. The certificates will be held by the company until you complete your 1st year of employment with Eville & Jones.

If you choose to cover the costs of training yourself, you will have immediate access to the certificates.

The best way of getting to Leeds is to fly to Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA). Once there, bus services (flyingtigerbus.co.uk) to the city centre are available. From the city centre you can take other transportation to travel onwards to your assigned accommodation. In the event that no flights are available to LBA, our recommended options are:

  • Sheffield Airport, located in Doncaster and only 45 minutes away from Leeds, by train or bus
  • Manchester Airport, located one-hour-and-a-half away from Leeds by train or bus
  • Liverpool Airport, located two-hours-and-a-half away from Leeds by train or bus
  • London Airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted). London airports are less convenient than the other airports we have mentioned, because train and bus tickets are more expensive and travel times are longer.

From the airport you will need to find your way to Leeds and then to the hotel assigned to you. We will be happy to provide you with travelling instructions once you have booked your flight.

For train information please see the link below:
www.thetrainline.com/train-companies/national-rail/national-rail-map
For bus information please see the link below:
www.nationalexpress.com

Please note that you are the person responsible for purchasing and arranging your travel tickets from your home country/city to Leeds.

Before you start your practical training in the UK, you will need to complete the FDQ Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection Training and the MHI Administrative Online Induction (for more information, please see scroll up the page to ‘What is the training procedure?’). Once you have completed this in your home country and arrived in the UK, you will attend a one-day induction at our headquarters in Leeds. We will inform you of the date and time of the induction, and all you need to do is come along, bringing any documents that we have requested – you don’t need to worry about anything else!

The one-day induction session includes: completion of HR documents, paperwork for opening a bank account, driving tuition (theoretical and practical), company car allocation, company mobile allocation, protective equipment, a face-mask fitting test and other administrative tasks.

After the office induction is finished, you will travel to your allocated work region.

We understand that finding permanent accommodation is a priority for anyone moving to a new country. It is our aim that all our new employees move into permanent accommodation as soon as possible, when they arrive in the UK.  We also understand that meeting the accommodation costs is the biggest challenge at the beginning of your stay in the UK, so here is how we help:

  • We book and pay for temporary accommodation near your workplace base plant (it can be anywhere in England or Wales) at a Bed and Breakfast for one week (Bed and reakfast is typically shortened to B&B or BnB and is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast. Bed and breakfasts are often private family homes that have rooms available for rent).
  • During your week at the B&B, the company will assist you in finding your own permanent accommodation by providing you a number of links, where you will find all the necessary information to arrange viewings of potential rooms/ places.
  • We will provide your landlord or letting agency with a letter of reference.
  • We normally suggest looking for a room in a shared house, as this is the most affordable option at the beginning of your stay in the UK (the bills are usually included in the price of the rent). However, we do take your preferences into consideration, and should you wish to rent a flat or house instead (more expensive and takes longer to arrange) we will assist as above. If you would like more information about types of shared accommodation that you can find in the UK, please visit this link: homeprotect.co.uk/shared-occupancy-insurance/shared-accommodation-types
  • A sum of up to £450 is allocated by the company to every new MHI who joins us. This money is for the first month’s rent of permanent accommodation near the base plant (which can be a room in a shared house where you can stay for as long as 3, 6, 12 months or longer, depending on the contract and your liking). The company will pay a £300 accommodation deposit directly to your landlord. This sum will be paid back to the company by you in monthly instalments. Please note that the deposit (£300 ) will be returned to you by the landlord when you move out of the property.

Please note that, should you need to stay at the B&B longer than estimated due to not being able to move to permanent accommodation, the allocated £450 for the first month’s rent will be affected.

Your cooperation with us is important, as we will try to help you move into permanent accommodation as soon as possible.

Please be assured that 98 percent of our new starters successfully move into permanent accommodation within the first week. We are positive that with our help you can also be one of them.

You can find a list of the possible work locations and the average rent prices for a room in a shared house in these locations, via the PDF version of this document.

A driving licence is required for the MHI position. Anyone with a valid driving licence issue in their country of origin is permitted to drive in the United Kingdom for up to 12 months. Holders of a licence issued in EU/EEA nations can drive in the UK until the document expires. You won’t need to retake your test or exchange your driving documents.

If you hold an International Driving Permit (IDP), you will be able to drive in the UK for up to one year from your arrival date in the country. Please note that you may need to obtain this IDP in your home country. If you hold an IDP, you must apply for a full British driving licence BEFORE the 12-month expiration period is complete. If you wait until after the expiration period to extend the validity of the IDP, you will not be allowed to legally drive in the UK.

As part of your induction, you will be required to undergo a half-hour driving assessment with a qualified driving instructor. If you pass it, the company will give you a company car.

If you do not pass it, we will pay for you to take driving lessons until you become confident driving in the UK and can retake and pass the driving assessment.

We service a high number of plants (slaughterhouses) in the UK, and the schedule at each plant is different.
Therefore, we are unable to provide specific working schedules until we know which plant you will be working at.

Your working hours will be a minimum of 37 guaranteed hours per week, but you are very welcome to work more hours if you would like to. As every plant that we service has different hours of work, we might ask you to take extra shifts depending on the time of year or an increase in demand.

For example, in the south of the UK, we have plants where our inspectors work an average of 40-45 hours per week. If you have a preference for working the minimum number of hours or would prefer to work more, we can arrange that for you as long as you let us know during your recruitment process. If you do this, you can be placed at a base plant that meets your requirements.

Please note that you might have to work in plants other than your base plant if the minimum of 37 hours per week is not met there.

In order for you to be able to calculate how much tax you will need to pay, you must have a National Insurance number (NI number). The National Insurance number is a number used in the United Kingdom in the administration of the National Insurance and social security system. It is also used for some purposes in the UK tax system.

Your NI number is used to pay your taxes, your pension contribution, your NI contribution, and to have access to free medical care and other similar social services that are approved by the government.

You can start to work before your National Insurance number arrives.

When you arrive in the UK, the company will provide you with a temporary NI number until you are able to get a permanent one. You are the only person who can apply for a permanent NI number. Nobody else is permitted to do it for you.

We will advise you how you can get one once you arrive in the UK, but if you would like more information about getting one, please visit: gov.uk/national-insurance/your-national-insurance-number

Your salary will be paid every 4 weeks, which means that you will receive 13 payments a year. You will receive the first payment after your first 4 weeks of work, once the practical training has finished and you have passed your final assessment.

Your exact salary after tax is given in The Terms & Conditions. The deductions for tax and National Insurance contributions are 20 % for a salary range between £12,501 and £50,000 per year.

More information on tax can be found in the PDF version of this document.

You can calculate what your nett salary will be after deductions have been made from your gross salary by following the link below: thesalarycalculator.co.uk/

We are not able to estimate each individual`s cost of living, but if you would like to calculate your approximate monthly expenses, you can click on the link below to get a rough idea of the cost of living in the UK:
numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=United+Kingdom

We have created a simulation of the average monthly costs in the pdf version of this document  (page 8).

You will receive a total of 28 holiday days per year, out of which 20 are offered by the company and 8 are bank holidays, all of them being paid by the company. Your annual amount of holiday days increases by an extra day every year after you have completed one year of employment with us. This means that in your second year of employment, you will be entitled to 29 days of holiday, and in the third year, 30 days, etc.

The dates of public holidays (also known as `bank holidays`) in England and Wales are: New Year’s Day, Easter Friday and Monday, the first and last Mondays in May, the last Monday in August, and 25th and 26th December.

Most of the plants, however, still operate during these bank holidays, which means that our employees are required to work on these days. Because of this, they receive 8 days in lieu, which is added to their regular holiday allowance, making it the above-mentioned total of 28 holiday days per year.

When you book your holidays, you can only book one week of holiday at a time (unless there is a strong reason to book a longer period). The holiday dates will have to be approved by your manager and subsequently by your resource coordinator (the contact person in the office for the area where you are working). You will have access to an online platform where you can book your holiday (we will provide training for this). It is not possible for more than 2 employees from the same plant to take holiday at the same time, as it might leave the other employees unable to cope with the workload.

We are here to support you and help you to acclimatise to your new life in the UK.

We will help you with logistics—by booking temporary accommodation for you when you first arrive and giving you all the details so that you know where to go, what to do, and what you will need (laundry, supermarket, restaurants, bus lines).

We will help with any questions you have about settling down in the UK.

We will help you open a bank account.

We will provide an English mobile number and free phone calls within the UK.

We will pay your mileage during training and give you an allowance for food and drink during practical training.

We will try whenever possible, to place you in an area of the country where you already have family or friends.

We can advise you on how to register with a doctor (also called a GP).

We will provide driving tuition with an instructor to help you adapt to the British driving system.

We will advise you on how to arrange time off to attend the National Insurance Number (NIN) appointment.

We will give you up to £450 to cover the first month’s rent of permanent accommodation.

We will also pay a deposit of up to £300 directly to your landlord and provide references for you in order to help you secure permanent accommodation.

Starting as a Meat Hygiene Inspector, you will become part of the team within Red & White Meat Slaughterhouses.

This role requires keen observation skills, good communication and great attention to detail. Whilst you are working as an MHI, depending on your performance and confidence, you may be assessed and offered different opportunities to progress within the company. You may be offered a chance to become:

  • Eville & Jones’ Assessor
  • Eville & Jones’ Trainee
  • You will also be eligible for roles in the Eville & Jones management team, which means you can progress even further within the company if you decide that you would like to.

We will always keep you informed about the opportunities where you may be able to advance to managerial positions such as Area Resource Manager (ARM).

If you are from the European Economic Area1 (most of Europe), you will need a valid European Health Insurance Card. Your EHIC will cover you for any necessary treatment in England until you register with your local General Practitioner (GP). It will also cover you for the treatment of pre-existing medical conditions.

When you start to work, you will have access to the NHS, as you will be a taxpayer and you will have a NI number.

The NHS is the national health system that operates in the UK. It is a residence-based healthcare system, which monitors all the public hospitals, GP practices, doctors, nurses and carers within the UK.

In order for you to be able to have easy access to healthcare, you must register with a General Practitioner (GP) also known as a family doctor.

Most NHS services are free to people who are ordinarily resident in the UK and, as such, services are not dependent on nationality, payment of UK taxes, National Insurance (NI) contributions, being registered with a GP, having an NHS number or owning property in the UK.

The term ‘ordinarily resident’ means living in the UK on a lawful and properly settled basis for the time being. You will be asked to prove this.

You do not need to be ordinarily resident in England to access GP services without charge. If you become ill while away from home or you’re not registered with a GP but need to see one, you can still contact your nearest practice to ask for treatment.

For more information, please follow the links below:

services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start

nhs.uk/nhs-services/visiting-or-moving-to-england/

Now that the UK Government has made their position clear with respect to Brexit and the UK has left the EU, we are in a much more stable situation. The UK Government has made it clear that they welcome veterinary professionals from all over the world and they encourage as many as possible to come to the UK and make it their home.