Official Reporters (part time, term time)

Ref: 602404

Working pattern: Permanent, 24 hours per week, spread over three days (Tuesday-Friday), 36 weeks per year (term-time). Other flexible working patterns may be considered.
Salary range: £32,709 to £40,560 per annum (pro rata, can be paid over 12 months)

Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Closing date: Sunday 18 March

Do you have a passion for language? An enthusiasm for politics and current affairs? A desire to work at the heart of the democratic process?

It doesn’t really matter what field you’re in now. Working for the official report of the Scottish Parliament, you’ll be reporting on subjects from air pollution to travelling circuses, local government finance to early years education, business rates to wildlife crime. So having people from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible with knowledge and expertise across the range of topics that come up in the Scottish Parliament’s chamber and committees really matters to us.

What also matters is that you have an excellent grasp of the English language, a sharp and questioning mind and political nous. You’ll need to be confident in making sound judgments under pressure and have the flexibility and resilience to thrive in a busy, rapidly changing environment, working to tight deadlines.

It’s not just the political landscape that’s changing. We want to transform the Official Report into an attractive, searchable, reusable digital resource, so if you have knowledge and experience that can help us to deliver that and market it to our readers, we’re particularly keen to hear from you. Although we only infrequently report spoken Gaelic and its interpretation, we’d welcome applications from those with ability in written Gaelic. Opportunities may also arise to contribute to Gaelic content across the organisation.

We have a number of permanent positions available. Your primary role will be to produce accurate, clear, impartial Official Reports of proceedings in the chamber and committees, attending as required to note proceedings. You’ll also proofread and maintain our digital archive, and there are opportunities to drive projects to improve our product and services as well as to play a key role in initiatives across the Parliament.

We are looking for people who can work three days a week when Parliament is sitting (usually 36 weeks a year). More information on the working pattern is in the further job information. We’re excited about the opportunity to welcome new members to our skilled and friendly team. If the opportunity to work at the heart of Scottish public life, putting your editorial skills to the test in an interesting and dynamic political environment, excites you, we look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

The first stage of the process comprises an editing assessment and an application form. Further instructions about the editing assessment are included on the assessment sheet. On the application form, please ensure that you address each of the criteria in the “Skills, knowledge and experience required” section, as indicated on the form. Please return the completed editing assessment and application form to by Sunday 18 March 2018.

If you are successful at the first stage, you will be invited to complete further editing assessments at the official report offices in the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh in w/c Monday 9 April.

Successful candidates at that stage will be invited to interviews in w/c Monday 23 April.

Those appointed will benefit from a 10-week training programme starting on Tuesday 5 June (excluding recesses—see further job information), comprising a combination of classroom-based and on-the-job training, with lots of exposure to various parliamentary proceedings. We may run another training programme starting in October—please note your availability and preference. Both training programmes will run from Tuesday to Thursday, and you need to be available for one or the other.

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A Day in the Life

Catherine Grant - Official Reporter

“Working three days a week in the Parliament enables me to experience the whole range of parliamentary business while giving me the time and space to pursue outside interests and take care of an elderly relative. My week starts on Tuesday morning, when I can usually be found attending meetings of the Health and Sport Committee, and ends on Thursday afternoon, which is usually spent listening to and reporting the debates in the chamber. It’s busy, but there can’t be many part-time jobs that give you a ringside seat when history is being made—I was in the chamber for the debate on equal marriage, when members made powerful and moving speeches about their personal experience of discrimination.”