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House of Commons

The House of Commons is the democratically elected house of the UK Parliament, responsible for making laws and checking the work of Government. Typically, every 5 years the UK public elects 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs consider and propose new laws and can scrutinise government policies by asking ministers questions about current issues either in the Commons Chamber or in Committees. This makes the House of Commons a unique and exciting place to work by being at the heart of our thriving democratic system.  

Behind the scenes, the House of Commons Service is made up of 3,000+ employees that support and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the Houseby providing professional services to Members of Parliament, their staff, and the wider parliamentary community. We have a wide range of opportunities available in a variety of areas such as Hospitality, Parliamentary Procedure, Research, Customer Service, Security, Maintenance, Visitor Services, Education, Construction, Project Management, Marketing, Design, Finance, Law, HR and many more…    

Together, our mission is to support a thriving parliamentary democracy and everyone in the House Service has a part to play in helping to make this happen.   

If you are looking for a new opportunity and are eager to take on a new challenge, you’ll find a wide range of career opportunities with us. 

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Our Values

We’re proud of our organisational values, and we’re looking for people who can bring them to life:    

  • Inclusive: We value everyone equally. We respect each other and all have a voice.   
  • Courageous: We try new things. We own our actions and decisions and learn from our mistakes.   
  • Trusted: We trust each other to do a good job. We’re impartial and build confidence in Parliament through our integrity.   
  • Collaborative: We share our knowledge and experience. We work towards a shared vision and know we work better in partnership.   

Our commitment in return is to build a culture which is inclusive and enables people from a variety of backgrounds and experience to join us.    

Recruiting new people

We’re looking for individuals that understand and strive to live our values. Our commitment in return is to build a culture which is inclusive and enables people from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels to join us.    

 We look for a variety of skills and abilities in the people who work with us. We’ll always set out the essential skills and/or experience needed in our job descriptions, and criteria will always be relevant to the role being recruited to.

Supporting our people

We want the House of Commons to be a great place to work for everyone. We also want people working with us to feel they can be themselves and they are supported to reach their full potential. We’re committed to:    

  • Supporting professional and career development.  
  • Safeguarding health and wellbeing   
  • Providing guidance, training, and support to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits and importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace   
  • Introducing mentoring programmes, including reciprocal mentoring   

Benefits and Support

In addition to your salary, we offer an attractive range of benefits including:    

  • 30 days’ annual leave (increasing to 35 days after 2 years' service).   
  • Interest free season ticket loan and bicycle loan.   
  • Flexible working.   
  • Access to training and development.   
  • Civil Service Pension scheme.     

Find out more about the benefits of working for the House of Commons including our various Workplace Equality Networks (WENs) and more. 

"The mission of the House Service is to support a thriving parliamentary democracy through delivering a high level of professional services to Members, their staff and the wider parliamentary community. Everyone in the House Service has a part to play in helping to make this happen.”    

Diversity & Inclusion

The House of Commons is committed to increasing diversity and providing a positive, inclusive working environment where everyone has a voice. Our aim is to be representative of the society we serve. This means making parliament more accessible, diverse, and free from discrimination.    

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, faith, ethnicity, race, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual identity, caring responsibilities, and socio-economic background. Find out more in the House of Commons Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.    

The House of Commons and House of Lords have established Workplace Equality Networks (WENs) to provide an opportunity for groups of people to discuss and consider issues relevant to their situation or of interest to them. Whether your part of these characteristics or want to join the community – there’s a place for everyone.    

  • ParliABLE: in support of disabled people in Parliament. It is open to both those who consider themselves to have a disability and those who have an interest in supporting disabled 
  • ParliGENDER: in support of gender equality. Our aim is to achieve gender equality across Parliament.   
  • ParliREACH: in support of increasing awareness and appreciation of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage issues in Parliament.   
  • ParliOUT: in support of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and questioning) people in Parliament.   
  • ParliON: in support of increasing awareness of issues around socio-economic inclusion. 
  • ParliCare: in support of and increasing awareness of all staff and Members of both Houses of Parliament with caring challenges.

Reasonable Adjustments

As an inclusive employer we are dedicated to making reasonable adjustments if you need support with your application, taking a test/assessment or interviewing. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and are committed to ensuring our selection process is equal and inclusive.    

Beyond the selection process we will make any appropriate reasonable workplace adjustments so that you have everything you need to do the job. Our team will always work with you to identify the best solution to prevent, reduce or remove obstacles you might face at work. This includes mental health, and physical or non-physical requirements.    

If you require any reasonable or workplace adjustments, please contact the House of Commons Resourcing team.

How to apply and what to expect

We welcome applications from everyone.   

Our job descriptions give you additional details on what the role involves and the essential requirements we’re looking for, including essential skills and experience criteria needed for the job. To apply for our roles, you’ll either need to submit your CV or fill out our online application form which usually includes questions specifically related to the role.  

In your application, you’ll need to tell us how your skills, knowledge, and experience meet these criteria. You can save your application and come back to it any time before the deadline.    

Once we’ve reviewed your application, we may ask you to complete a test or an as part of a selection process – this may happen before decisions are made on who to invite to an interview, or at the same time as an interview. We will always give you advance notice on the next stage of the process.    

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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