Working at Elections

At busy periods such as polling days we rely on a bank of dedicated additional staff to support the delivery of a really good election.

Applicants may be added to our database to be contacted about election specific roles.

We ask that you only apply for election roles if you would be prepared to work under any COVID restrictions, but we can assure you that we will be running our elections in a COVID-secure environment for all available roles.

Our plans include deep cleaning all polling stations, one way systems, observing the 2 metre distance rule, communication to voters asking them to wear masks, sanitise their hands and bring their own pen, provision of PPE and hand sanitisers to staff, step by step online training to staff.

Polling station staff will need to work on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and will ensure that voters are able to cast their vote in secret, free from influence and in a calm atmosphere. If you are a good communicator, methodical, and quick to learn, apply to work in one of the many polling stations in our authority. There are two roles:

1. Poll Clerks work under the direction of the Presiding Officer. They assist with keeping the polling station clean and tidy, answer electors' questions and hand out ballot papers.

View the Poll Clerk job description

2. Presiding Officers are experienced polling station staff with good knowledge of the voting process. They must be able to manage a small team of poll clerks, ensure that people with additional needs can cast their vote, liaise appropriately with tellers, party agents and polling station inspectors, and maintain the secrecy of the ballot.

View the Presiding Officer job description

Applying for a job

To express an interest in either of these roles, please complete the online application form.

Please note the following terms of employment:

  • election roles are paid on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis, which means that tax may be deducted from your earnings. If you are not a tax payer you will be responsible for claiming the tax back from HMRC
  • any work that you do may affect any state pension or benefit that you receive. You will be responsible for telling your pension or benefit provider about your earnings
  • any work you do may affect how much tax that you are required to pay. You will be responsible for telling HMRC about your earnings
  • you will be required to provide proof of entitlement to work in the UK