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.

Ash Parish Council - Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer

Closing Date:

Work Place: Office based

Hours: Full time

Rate of pay: Salary: LC3 – SCP 33 – 42 (£35,934 - £44,632) dependent upon experience and qualifications

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West Hoathly Parish Council - Assistant Clerk

Closing Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020

Work Place: Parish Office

Hours: 9 hours per week

Rate of pay: £12.50 to £13.50 an hour dependent on experience

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Crowhurst Parish Council (East Sussex) - Clerk/RFO

Closing Date:

Work Place: Home based

Hours: 10 per week

Rate of pay: £15 per hour subject to qualifications and experience

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Crowborough Town Council - Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: 12noon, Friday 28th February 2020

Work Place: Office based

Hours: 15 hours per week Plus evening meetings (approx. 6 p.a.)

Rate of pay: £45,591 pro rata SCP 43

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Littlehampton Parish Council - Community Resources Officer

Closing Date: Midnight Monday 24th February 2020

Work Place: Office Based

Hours: 37 hours per week (Monday - Friday)

Rate of pay: NJC Scale 6 SCP 18 - 22 - £24,313 - £26,317 per annum (£12.60 - £13.64 per hour)

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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.