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Parliament and Westminster Bridge (aerial)

We are currently recruiting for two roles.

Please note we do not accept CVs and covering letters. We select for interview through a blind review of responses to an online test and a series of skills based questions relevant to the role. Details of the online application process are contained in the Job Information Packs which can be downloaded below.

DEADLINE: 10am, Monday 7 August 2023

18-month fixed-term contract; salary: £38,000 per annum

We are looking for a full-time Researcher to expand our work on the parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation. The purpose of this role is to:

  • support the day-to-day delivery of our legislative monitoring service, the Statutory Instrument Tracker®;

  • strengthen our research capability, particularly in relation to legislative standards and the delegation of power in primary legislation;

  • help promote the recommendations of our Delegated Legislation Review; and

  • provide training on the legislative process (eg for parliamentarians, MPs staff, legal and public affairs firms, and civil society organisations).

The post is based at our Westminster office with the option of working from home for some of the time.

For further information about the role and how to apply, download the Job Information Pack.

DEADLINE: 10am, Friday 11 August 2023

Part-time contract - 0.2fte; salary: £28,000 per annum pro-rated (so £5,600)

We are looking for a part-time Finance and Administration Officer to support a range of key operational functions, particularly finance and membership administration. The role is equivalent to one day per week initially, but with the possibility of increasing the hours over time. There is considerable flexibility about how the hours are worked each week.

This is an ideal role for someone who is highly motivated, has previously worked in an administrative capacity, ideally with some exposure to finance, and who possesses good organisational skills and attention to detail. Supporting our business-critical functions you can make a big impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of our organisation.

The post is based at our Westminster office with the option of working from home for some of the time.

For further information about the role and how to apply, download the Job Information Pack.

The Society is currently accepting interns only through academic programmes with work placement components, primarily via the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull. If this changes, information will be advertised on this page, on social media and via our e-newsletter, and on websites such as jobs.ac.uk / www.w4mpjobs.org.

As we are a small team we are currently unable to provide work experience placements outside such programmes.

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