Election Staff

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Casual / Seasonal / Bank / Permanently Variable hours
Working Pattern:
Please see advert text
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 16/04/2021 23:59
Job Category:
Democratic Services/ Registrars
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Across Northumberland
Number of posts:
Closing date:
16 Apr
Further Information

With just a few weeks to go until election day (6 May 2021), Northumberland County Council are looking to recruit a number of election staff including presiding officers, clerks and counting assistants. This is an excellent opportunity to see local democracy in action!

Anyone can apply for the roles and you only need to meet a few requirements.

To undertake election duties, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age before 27th April 2021
- Be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996)
Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate.

Full training will be provided, and don’t worry if you haven’t worked at an election before, you will be fully supported by experienced staff.

You can earn some extra cash by applying for the below available roles and get involved in the effort on election day and beyond:

- Polling Station Staff (Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks) across Northumberland.

- Postal Vote Opening Staff, with all sessions taking place at Blyth Sports Centre on:
Tuesday 27th April, 10am till finish
Wednesday 28th April, 10am till finish
Friday 30th April, 10am till finish
Tuesday 4th May, 10am till finish
Wednesday 5th May, 10am till finish
Thursday 6th May, day 12noon till 6pm & evening 7pm till finish.
Above time are subject to change.

- Verification and Count Staff, with all sessions taking place at Blyth Sports Centre on:
Thursday 6th May, commencing at 10pm till finish.
Friday 7th May, day. Time to be confirmed.
Saturday 8th May, day. Time to be confirmed.

The responsibilities for each of the available roles are in the job descriptions, which are listed in the supporting documents section.

Rates of Pay
Presiding Officer - £292.16 (includes training & mileage allowance)
Poll Clerk - £196.80 (includes training & mileage allowance)
Postal Vote Opening Assistant - Day £10.30 per hour. Evening £12.88 per hour
Verification/Count Assistant - Day £12.56 per hour. Evening £18.26 per hour

If you are interested in any of the roles listed above, please complete the electronic application form by selecting 'apply now'. Alternatively, paper applications are available on request by contacting the Elections Office at electionstaff@northumberland.gov.uk.

Following the submission of the electronic application form, you will be required to do a virtual ID check with a member of our HR team. Due to the urgency of the recruitment of election staff, you will need to provide ID including right to work documentation as soon as possible. Once your application has been received, you will be contacted to arrange a visual check.

We will then contact successful applicants to give details of the role(s) to which they have been appointed.

Please note that Public Health for England guidance on Covid 19 will be adhered to at this election and you may be required to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) which will be provided where it is deemed necessary.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.