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House of Commons

Working at House of Commons is a unique experience. There is a broad range of interesting, sometimes unexpected, jobs held by people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We're also a friendly and supportive employer, committed to diversity and inclusion, and learning and development. We are positive about work/life balance.

And you don't just have to take it from us. In last year's staff survey, 74% of respondents said that they would recommend House of Commons as a good place to work, whether they have been working here for some time or have recently joined us.

Behind the scenes at House of Commons there are around 2000 members of staff working to make sure Parliament runs smoothly. We serve Parliament, not the government; although our terms of employment are broadly in line with those of civil servants. The House is a unique and friendly workplace.

 

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Vision and Values

The Westminster Parliament is a unique institution, known world-wide and the House of Commons is the central element in our democracy. It is supported by the House of Commons Service.

The House Service of nearly 2,000 people is a high-achieving, professional organisation supporting the parliamentary process in a remarkable variety of ways.

We are not civil servants (we serve the Legislature, not the Executive) and we are rigidly politically impartial. We have great pride in what we do, and in the vision and values which guide our work.

Diversity

The House of Commons is committed to being an inclusive employer.

At the House of Commons we aim to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience that they bring to work. Our aim is to be representative of the society we serve. This means making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination.

All staff deserve, and should expect, to be treated with respect for who they are and what they do. This treatment should be consistent and inclusive.

Inclusivity means not excluding people on the grounds of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity, or any other irrelevant attribute.

Benefits at House of Commons

List of all the benefits that House of Commons are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Secondments
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 30 days annual leave per annum, increasing to 35 days after the first full leave year
  • You will be eligible for the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) from the day you join
  • Season ticket and/or bicycle loan for transport into work
  • Membership of a trade union
  • Subsidised late night transport
  • Service Charge, tips and gratuities (catering grade staff only)
  • Rental deposit loan
  • Welfare Loan
  • Post Office and Cash Dispensers
  • Flexible and Remote Working
  • Parliamentary Guardians Scheme
  • Pay and Remuneration, allowances and overtime
  • Tickets to events (through ballots: State Opening, Heads of State Visits)
  • Christmas Advance Pay
  • Catering Services
  • Meals on duty (catering staff only)
  • Professional subscriptions
  • Civil Service Sports Council membership
  • Staff recognition scheme

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