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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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Working for the House of Lords

Working for the House of Lords is a rewarding career. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and scrutinising the government. Staff work in range of posts and student placements are also available.

Posts in the House of Lords

The House of Lords has a wide range of specialist, graduate, administrative, and support roles. These include policy specialists, clerks, baristas, and waiters.

Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS)

Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) is a joint department of both Houses of Parliament. It provides technology and online tools and is transforming Parliament to become digital first.

Diversity and equality

The House of Lords has a diversity and equality policy in line with UK legislation on equality of opportunity and equal pay.

Internships for people from ethnic minority backgrounds

The House of Lords Administration has partnered with the Windsor Fellowship to launch a new internship programme, offering four opportunities to individuals aged 18 and over, from an ethnic minority background.

We are offering a paid, 1-month internship for four individuals aged 18 and over from an ethnic minority background. You can choose to apply for placements within four Offices across the Administration.

Find out more and apply at the Windsor Fellowship website. The deadline to apply is 11.59pm on 17 April.

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).

Student placements

There is office-based work experience placements for school students aged 15 to 18 years old.

Diversity and inclusion in Parliament

The House of Commons and House of Lords have established Workplace Equality Networks (WENs) that provide support, increase awareness and create an open forum for people from all backgrounds to come together to learn and share their experiences.  The WENs are open to all employees who support and champion the missions and objectives of the network. 

ParliABLE: in support of those who consider themselves to have a disability (visible and non-visible).  

ParliGENDER: in support of gender equality. The aim is to achieve gender equality across Parliament.     

ParliREACH: in support of increasing awareness and appreciation of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage in Parliament.     

ParliOUT: in support of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and questioning) people in Parliament.     

ParliON: in support of promoting equality of opportunity across Parliament and working to raise awareness of issues around socio-economic inclusion. 

ParliCare: in support of raising awareness of and support for all staff within Parliament with caring needs.