TARGETjobs black logo


8.3 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2019)


"I work nine and a half hours a day at my current site but only four days a week. Fantastic!"
Graduate, live in Ashford, work in Dungeness
"My employer is extremely flexible on my current secondment and does not expect me to work over my contracted hours."
Graduate, Liverpool
"Hours depend on where you are on secondment. They are usually around 40 hours a week and tend to be very flexible around your personal life."
Graduate, Warrington
"We have core hours that we have to work, but we can start at any time before them and finish at any time after them."
Graduate, Warrington
"This varies between secondments but most placement hosts allow for flexible working."
Graduate, Bristol
"This depends on who you are on placement with at the time. Most employers are very flexible given that you're a free resource for the companies you're on secondment with. In general, the nuclear industry is very good for work/life balance."
Graduate, Variable
"You work the hours of the company you are seconded too. Sometimes this is 40 hours a week and sometimes it is 37 with every Friday off."
Graduate, Derbyshire, Vienna and now London.


"I generally do not feel that I am required to make plans to stay late or work additional hours, though there have been instances where I have had to do extra work at home (often nucleargrads paperwork). We do not get paid overtime so it is important to try and claim some of that time back when possible. The offices I have worked in have all had flexi-time so it has been easy to recover these hours when necessary."
Graduate, Derby/London
"The hours are quite flexible. You have core hours to work and, as long as you do your weekly hours, you can have late starts or early finishes."
Graduate, Manchester
"It's mostly standard hours, but they range from secondment to secondment."
Graduate, London
"We have relatively flexible hours but this depends on where you're on secondment at the time and can vary between line managers."
Graduate, bristol
"Our working hours depend on the secondment host but they're typically quite standard."
Graduate, Whitehaven


"This depends on the place at which the secondment is based."
Graduate, I have worked in many places during my graduate scheme including Cumbria, Lancaster and Australia.
"Working hours are agreed with the secondment organisation. Most host organisations are flexible as long as you stay within your contracted hours as set out in your contract for the graduate scheme."
Graduate, Somerset
"I currently work from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm but your hours will depend on the company that you're completing a placement with."
Graduate, Whitehaven, Cumbria
"You are contracted for 37.5 hours a week but how you work these hours depends on your secondment sponsor at the time. I currently finish at 12.30 pm on Fridays!"
Graduate, Birchwood, Warrington
"I have very flexible working hours currently. The main thing is that the job gets done and you are at work for the core hours."
Graduate, Nationwide - Currently Derby based
"Working hours tend to be fine and I don't usually have to stay late. We complete university modules as part of the scheme in our own time so this can take up evenings and weekends at certain times of the year."
Graduate, London currently. As part of the scheme you move around the country on different secondments, so your location changes (you have a say in your secondments and therefore your location).


"You do whatever hours are assigned by your secondment company. I have spent a lot of time in training and on-site visits."
Graduate, Manchester
"The work hours depend on the organisation you are working for at the time. At Sellafield Ltd I worked from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm, whereas at the ONR I worked 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. It is very dependent on where you are working."
Graduate, Liverpool
"Depends on the company. Some have flexi-time and some have office hours. You usually end up doing extra hours on other Nucleargraduates stuff ie starting and running a business."
Graduate, varied
"I work a normal 8.30 am – 5.00 pm day. Some secondments may include shift work or longer hours."
Graduate, Burton-upon-Trent
"Depends how flexible your host company is with working hours. Generally you can move your start and finish times by up to an hour."
Graduate, Harwell
"Working hours depend on the secondment. In my first secondment the hours were 7.30 am – 3.40 pm Monday to Friday. In my second secondment I worked 8.30 am – 4.45 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 am – 3.00 pm on Friday. The scheme requires hours to be put in during your spare time for various reasons. The main two being for NTEC modules if you decide to study for the postgraduate certificate in nuclear technology (optional) and the small-medium enterprise (SME) task, in which you start and run a business for around twelve months."
Graduate, Heysham
"Hours depend on the rules of the company/department you are on secondment with. Some secondments have involved fixed working hours and some have had flexible hours."
Graduate, North West
"You will generally work 37 hours but this varies from company to company a bit. Some companies have flexible hours or four-day weeks, some have rigid office hours. It's good to experience all these things."
Graduate, Various


"I found that a lot of work was required in the evenings and weekends, in addition to studying/training and taking part in the Footprints activities."
Graduate, North West
"Nucleargraduates work on a 37.5 hour working week, although the hours are not set due to the variety of sites people work on. For example, on my current secondment I'm on a 38 hour week, where we are in Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 4:15pm and Fridays 7:30am to 12:30pm. My previous secondment worked on flexi-time with the core hours being between 9:00am and 3:30pm."
Graduate, Glasgow
"Work hours can depend on the requirements of the company hosting the nucleargraduate on secondment."
"I rarely have to work more than 7.5 hours a day and I am regularly out of the office which offers variety."
Graduate, London
"You are encouraged to work under the same hours as your hosting company. Generally, we do 37.5 hours a week, but it is up to you to arrange your working hours with your host company."
Graduate, Derby
"Hours are long and we are often expected to contribute to work in the evening hours (we are expected to set-up and run an SME during our time on the scheme). This can be as rewarding as it is frustrating; however, you get out what you put in."
Graduate, Warrington


"In the office the hours are standard (37.5) but the scheme does dig into your personal time quite a lot with both a PGCert in Nuclear Technology and a Small-Medium Enterprise project to deal with, I have often found myself working through the evenings and on the weekends."
"We adopt local site rules. Time of arrival and departure is flexible."
Graduate, Derby
"Every company that you have a secondment with have their own working hours. I am currently working on a flexi-time meaning I can start work between 7-9:00am and finish between 3-5:00pm up to a total of 37 hours a week which is very convenient."
Graduate, Seascale
"I work flexi-time, so as long as I am in for the core hours and complete 37.5 hours a week in the office I am fine. This allows you to be flexible in your social life, if you're going away at the weekend you work a little more early in the week and can leave with plenty of travel time. Having said that you are out of the office on work time quite a lot too, I spend four-five hours a week in schools doing STEM activities."
Graduate, Derby
Our 'Insider Reviews' are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Insider Reviews material lies solely with GTI Media.