Welcome to the home of Parliamentary Jobs
Working at a Parliament or Assembly can provide you with an exciting and rewarding career as it involves working at the heart of democracy along with some of the most important institutions in the UK.
These job opportunities exist at UK Government level at the House of Commons and House of Lords and also across the UK’s devolved administrations through National Assembly for Wales, Northern Ireland Assembly and Scottish Parliament. In addition there are opportunities across other administrations including the Greater London Authority, States of Jersey, The Tynwald on the Isle of Man, and the States of Guernsey.Read more...
While elected politicians employ staff to support them these are considered to be political jobs, whereas Parliaments and National Assemblies independently employ staff to support the workings of parliament and offer many different roles at various skill levels.
Parliamentary staff are not Civil Servants and are independent from Governments acting impartially and solely on behalf of the parliament. These roles range from Clerks, who support elected Members with parliamentary work and procedures, to to security and ICT staff, Finance, Communications and Human Resources.
Each Parliament has a Clerk/Chief Executive, which is the Parliament’s most senior official, and has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring it operates smoothly and efficiently.
Parliamentary jobs offer many of the same benefits as civil service jobs including pension schemes, cycle loans, childcare voucher schemes, personal development programmes and flexible working arrangements.
Most parliamentary jobs provide a comprehensive induction programme for new starters followed up with mentoring programmes and further support through many staff networks. Parliaments are great places to work with many receiving awards for being excellent employers. For example, the National Assembly for Wales has gained recognition as being named the number one LGBT employer in the UK as well as being in the Top 30 employers for working families.
Some parliaments offer a wide range of graduate jobs and internships with the Houses of Parliament offering a graduate fast stream entry into employment.
Career prospects are generally very favourable as parliaments offer excellent training and development opportunities to staff and career progression tends to be competency based, which opens wider opportunities that are not necessarily based on the need for expertise in a specific area.
Furthermore experience of working in politics and political systems can lead to job opportunities for the Government or Civil Service Jobs, working for a local authority or being employed in political jobs by an elected Member or political party.
Alternatively, those with experience of working in a parliamentary environment can move into public affairs and policy jobs as consultants or lobbyists. Other less directly related roles include political journalism, or working for a charity.
Parliamentary Job Salary Information
The salaries the House of Parliament and Assemblies can vary considerably and according to the specific role and area of work. Higher salaries are evident in senior management, heads of departments and at director level or above.
At the National Assembly for Wales, salaries for administrative roles start at £17,804 per annum, while a Committee Clerk can earn up to £60,476 per annum.
A working week for most full-time House of Commons staff is 36 hours, starting at £19,570 up to £75,201.