Benefits of working for the House of Lords
The Palace of Westminster is a dynamic place and a continuous focus of public interest in the parliamentary process. The House of Lords plays an important part in that process and is an interesting and rewarding place to work.
The work of the staff of the House is varied and the staff themselves are from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. We believe the House benefits greatly from the diversity of its staff and we intend to continue to build upon it.
Benefits available for members of staff include:
A staff pension scheme
Eligibility to apply for an interest free season ticket loan and childcare vouchers after two months service
6 weeks holiday entitlement per year to be taken during parliamentary recess
Personal development through learning and training
Extensive In-house training programme covering history and future of the House as a legislative executive
Diversity and Equality
It is the House of Lords policy that staff shall have equality of opportunity or employment and advancement on the basis of 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.
Case Studies of Staff Working in the House
After taking early retirement from the Post Office, where I worked for seventeen years, I became an Attendant in 2005. I like working as an Attendant as there is great variety and interest in the different duties. My tasks range from booking committee rooms to preparing the Chamber for the House to sit, sorting and distributing the mail, to being prepared to answer the myriad of questions from Members and staff. An unexpected opportunity has been the ability to develop my knowledge of IT and there is always the possibility of promotion to Senior or Principal Attendant or higher.
Sofiane, Staff Restaurant Manager
I came to the House of Lords in 1999 as a Senior Chef de Partie and after one year was given the opportunity to run one of the kitchens as a Senior Sous Chef. From there I became a Chef Manager and I was responsible for the running of an entire restaurant. In autumn 2006 the newly refurbished River Restaurant and Lords’ Bar opened for service, and following success in a promotion competition, I was promoted to a senior management post, running this outlet and managing over 20 staff. The job is very demanding but also very satisfying, providing service for members and staff. I have learnt a great deal, and the House has supported me in improving my skills and broadening my experience. The House of Lords is a very interesting place to work.
Hadia, Committee Assistant
I joined the House of Lords Committee Office in the summer of 2006. I worked as a Committee Assistant on the Economic Affairs Committee for two years and more recently have moved to a Sub-Committee of the European Union Committee (Economic and Financial Affairs and International Trade).
I provide administrative support to the clerk of the Sub-Committee by assisting in the preparation of committee papers and organising committee meetings and visits. I liaise with witnesses and deal with public inquiries. I am also responsible for organising the archiving of committee records. The Committee Office is an open and team orientated environment, and this makes it an enjoyable and friendly place to work.