Guidance notes for potential job applicants

We all know that interviews are a two way process – is the candidate a good fit for the employing council and is the council right for the candidate; there are a few steps of diligence that can be taken by both sides to minimise the risk of an unsuccessful appointment.

For the Council – ensure that the Council has a sound mechanism for appraisal, objective setting and mentoring new employees

For the candidate – make your own enquiries about the Council, drill down in its web site and if possible speak to the outgoing Clerk

At the interview – quite often candidates have no questions for the interview panel, this is the opportunity to satisfy yourself that this is the job for you and ask searching questions such as:

[a] What will you expect the successful candidate to achieve in the first 3 months?

[b] How do you deal with staff appraisal?

[c] Whilst the Council is my employer, who will be my point of contact on a day to day basis?

[d] What is the Council’s attitude towards assisted qualification training?


To apply for any of the vacancies on this page please download a pack, complete the application form and email to unless otherwise stated.

Milland Parish Council - Parish Clerk / Responsible Finance Officer

Closing Date: 6.00pm on FRIDAY 10th APRIL 2020

Work Place: Home-based, but the Clerk will spend a significant amount of time in the Parish

Hours: 14 hours per week, to include some evenings

Rate of pay: £14.03 - £16.65/hour (£26,999 – 32,029 pa pro rata), dependent upon experience and qualifications. Holiday pay and contributory pension

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Queens Park Community Council - Community Development Officer

Closing Date: 20th April 2020

Work Place: Office based

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (or 30 hours subject to negotiation)

Rate of pay: NJC points 29-36: £32,029-£38,813 depending on experience + London Allowance of £3,543 pro rata

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Locum Clerk Opportunities

For further information regarding any of the below please email


There are currently no locum opportunities in our area that we are aware of.


If you require a locum clerk please contact Trevor Leggo using the details above.