HR: Why work for us

Working for the British Council offers you a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in international cultural relations.

You will be part of a modern, rapidly changing organisation with worldwide influence and impact. Our jobs offer you a scope for versatility, initiative and creativity in a stimulating and supportive environment. We have 7,400 members of staff in offices, teaching centres, libraries and information and resource centres in the UK and more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.

The British Council Bangladesh is made up of about 150 colleagues across offices in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. At the British Council we recognise that it is individuals that are the driving force behind our work, and we continually look for additional ways to inspire and motivate them. Here are just a few reasons why the British Council might be the right place for you

Whatever your area and level of work, a job in the British Council is a unique opportunity to develop highly transferable skills which will serve you well in the future.

Work environment

We live and work by our values of integrity, mutuality, creativity, professionalism and valuing people. Our work environment is therefore one of trust, empowerment, mutual respect and flexibility where you are encouraged to voice your opinions and contribute to our cultural relations work. 

Staff development

We provide a number of learning opportunities to help staff achieve their individual development goals, and encourage managers to help realise each team member’s full potential. Our learning and development offerings include on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, face-to-face workshops, digital learning resources and a career development toolkit. The British Council has introduced the My Learning site for employees, which has an extensive range of learning materials available.

All staff have career conversations with their line managers twice a year, which look at ways of developing themselves to grow further. 

Equal opportunity and diversity

As a cultural relations organisation, equal opportunity and diversity lie at the core of what we do. We celebrate the aspects that make our staff members unique, and provide a work environment that does not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of any individual or group on the basis of age, gender, disability, religion, work-life balance or ethnicity. If you are an applicant with special needs, we guarantee an interview if you meet the essential criteria. To learn more about the work we are doing in this area, please visit our equal opportunity and diversity page.

Work-life balance

We encourage our staff to strike a work-life balance by committing to working smart and making time for personal activities and pursuits. We offer a number of flexible working options, encourage staff to take their full annual leave and offer counselling services to staff in distress. The term 'flexible working' embraces the different ways in which the we can support employee aspirations for a better work-life balance in line with business needs, for example flexi-time, reduced hours and job-sharing.