Committee or Chamber
£35,586 to £44,322

About The Role

Working pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns within the team, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered.

This is an excellent opportunity to work within our Committee and Chamber Office as an Assistant Clerk.

Working in either office you will be part of a team in which you will play a key role in supporting the Members of the Scottish Parliament in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws. This is especially important as we improve the Parliament’s scrutiny function in respect of public policy and legislation, which is often complex and contested.  This includes innovating in our support for Members and to enable the Parliament to be a modern democracy, with the public enabled to participate in the core business of Parliament.

For further information about the role please contact callum.thomson@parliament.scot or tracey.white@parliament.scot

Please apply before 12 pm on Wednesday 27 January 2021. Full details of our selection process is outlined below.

About You

You will demonstrate an acute awareness of the political background with the ability to apply this within a high pressured and high-profile environment. You will have exceptional interpersonal skills and will establish effective relationships, both within and out with the Parliament, providing politically impartial advice.


As a leader, you will role model the Parliament’s values by empowering and motivating others, acting impartially and exercising sound judgement in everything you do. You will have excellent problem solving and organisational skills and will manage competing priorities to meet tight deadlines. You will have political nous, a firm grasp of procedure, and an ability to communicate with great accuracy and impact. You will have an aptitude for innovation, for example in how we engage with the public, to support scrutiny. Through your contribution, and your management of others, you will be confident in your ability to play a leadership role in the realisation of the Parliament’s vision: to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Scotland.

For full information about the role, have a look at the job description .

Our Selection Process

 Stage 1

Click 'apply' and this will allow you to register and upload your CV and supporting statement.  Your CV should no more than 2 pages, setting out your career history, responsibilities and achievements.

Your statement should outline your suitability for the role with reference to the main duties and key requirements set out in the job description. This should be no more than 800 words.

Please note, your CV and supporting statement should be uploaded as one document, in Word or equivalent format.

Your application will be assessed based on your CV and statement. 

Stage 2

At the final stage, you’ll be invited to attend a remote panel interview. This may include a written exercise and/or a presentation. 

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 8 February 2021

Our commitment to an inclusive workforce

We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer and guarantee to interview any disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.  If you have a disability and would like to talk to us about any aspects of this job, please contact us.  More details can be found here.