Working at Parliament - Introduction

Working at Parliament is a dynamic and rewarding career, with staff supporting and helping improve the most important democratic institution in the UK. There is a range of opportunities to work in the Commons or Lords, or across both Houses, from clerical staff to executive and graduate positions

Thousands of people work for Parliament. Although it's possible to work directly for an MP or Lord, we are like any large organisation, with positions in many different offices and departments at every skill level.

Benefits

Benefits of working for Parliament include pension schemes, season ticket loans, childcare vouchers, personal development programmes and an on-site nursery (all childcare vouchers are accepted and a Salary Sacrifice option is available).

Equality

Staff will have equality of opportunity in employment and advancement, based on their ability, qualifications and suitability for work. There must be no discrimination on grounds of gender, marital status, age, race, colour, disability, religious affiliation or sexual orientation.

This policy is in line with Civil Service policy statements, UK legislation on equality of opportunity and equal pay, and European Community law.

Placements

We offer placements over an entire academic year for university sandwich students.

Students in secondary education can usually apply to complete work experience in one of the departments of the House of Commons. The application process for 2015 placements will open on 01 February 2015.

For further information about this scheme, please visit our work experience webpage.

The Workplace Equality Networks

The four WENs

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 people.

Parliagender: in support for 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

Related information

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