Working at Parliament

Parliament relies on the work of thousands of members of staff. There is a wide variety of job roles across the House of Commons, House of Lords, and Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) that contribute to the running of Parliament.

The House of Commons and House of Lords are separate employers and PDS works as a joint department serving both Houses.

Diversity

Parliament welcomes applications from all qualified candidates and champions a diverse and inclusive workplace.

House of Commons

The House of Commons makes laws, holds the Government to account, and debates topical issues. The Commons relies on teams with varied skillsets to carry out its business. Applicants from diverse experiences and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

House of Lords

The House of Lords shares the task of making laws and debating bills before they become laws. There is a variety of job roles that help the Lords carry out its work, from policy specialists to pastry chefs, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS)

PDS works as a joint department and helps the Commons and Lords with technology and online tools. They are transforming Parliament to become digital first. To achieve this, PDS hires people from a range of backgrounds and skillsets.

Benefits

Benefits include generous annual leave, interest free season ticket loan and bicycle loan, flexible working, access to training and development, in-house gym, onsite nursery, and a contributory pension scheme. 

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.

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

Nursery

Parliament has an onsite nursery for staff. It is a bright and modern facility with capacity for 40 children (aged three months to five years) and offers a stimulating and secure environment for children’s personal educational development.

Visit the Nursery page for more information.