Barton House evacuation: information for residents.

How to apply to work at elections, eligibility and rates of pay.

There are many different roles available both in polling stations and at the count.

We've made some videos detailing what the job roles involve and what is required for you to apply.

We recommend you watch the videos before completing the application form for the post you want.

The election posts and Elections Team

This will give you an overview of working with the Elections Team.

When you work for us you must be polite and professional and politically neutral.

Working at the Postal Vote Scanning Centre

Watch our short Postal Vote Scanning Centre video and working at the Postal Vote Scannig Centre video for information on the role.

Read the short description for the  pdf Postal Vote and Scan Centre roles descriptions (23 KB) .

Working at a polling station

Watch our short polling station video and working at the polling station for information on the roles.

Before you apply, watch the short videos about the different roles:

Read the short descriptions below for the following roles:

Working at the count venue

Watch our short count venue video and working at the count video for more information.

Before you apply, watch the short videos about the different roles:

Read the short descriptions below for the following roles:

Before you apply

Right to work checklist

You will need to upload a copy of a document showing your right to work in the UK. Check which documents can be used on the government right to work checklist.

Choose your post

If you tell us on your application form the area you want to work in, such as a polling position or a counting position, you'll be considered for all jobs in those areas.

If you've worked for the Bristol City Council Election Team recently  then you don't need to complete an application form. Keep an eye on your email account as we'll send out communications when we start recruiting into the various positions.

Apply

Apply to work at elections 

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station or as a counting assistant.
  • You'll need to provide your National Insurance number, and either your original passport or relevant supporting information which confirms you are entitled to work in the UK.
  • If you are registered unemployed, you are advised to consult your local unemployment benefits office before you accept any offer of employment we may make you.
  • Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate.

Rates of pay

We'll introduce part-time roles for Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks in 2024.

Night shift pay will also be reflected in the pay scale. Pay will be introduced for day and night shifts.

May 2024 pay scale before tax

Election staff pay rates vary depending on the job role and the type of election.

Polling Station Inspector

Hourly Rate: £22.69 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: £40
Approx. Total working time: 17 hours

Presiding Officer

Hourly Rate: £17.49 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: £40
Approx. Total working time: 18.5 hours

Poll Clerk

Hourly Rate: £12.12 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: £30
Approx. Total working time: 16 hours

Table Supervisor

Hourly Rate: £14.19 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: £40
Approx. Total working time: 6.5 hours

Count Assistant

Hourly Rate: £12.12 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: n/a
Approx. Total working time: 6 hours

Ballot Verification Officer Supervisor become Table Supervisor

Hourly Rate: £15.99 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: £40
Approx. Total working time: 6.5 hours

Ballot Verification Officer become Count Assistant

Hourly Rate: £12.39 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: n/a
Approx. Total working time: 6 hours

Runner

Hourly Rate: £12.12 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: n/a
Approx. Total working time: 6 hours

Porter

Hourly Rate: £12.12 per hour (plus 12.07% payment in lieu of holiday entitlement)
Training Fee: n/a
Approx. Total working time: 7 hours