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It takes a surprising number of different jobs to run the House of Commons, from clerks and doorkeepers who support debates in the Chamber to teams of project managers, electricians and plumbers.

Finance and HR professionals provide back-office support while chefs and catering staff run 17 different outlets.  Research staff brief Committees and individual MPs, and Outreach and Visitor Service staff help the public understand our political processes. 

This page tells you about just some of the jobs in the House of Commons.

Committee Specialist

House of Commons Committees include MPs from all political parties. They look at policy issues, scrutinise Government work and expenditure, and examine proposals for legislation.

There are various types of committees: Commons Domestic Committee, which deal with the administration of the House of Commons; Commons Select Committees -  one select committee for each Government department which scrutinises its spending, policies and administration. General Committees, including Public Bill Committees, which mainly look at proposed legislation in detail. 

Working on a range of inquiries for a specific committee, committee specialists identify topics, plan the inquiry programme, identify potential witnesses and organise evidence, meetings and hearings. 

They also draft briefing material, suggest questions for oral evidence sessions and write reports for the Committee.

Committee specialists undertake research in areas of interest to the Committee, analysing previously published material and consulting experts becoming knowledgeable on subject areas such as energy prices, counter terrorism, cycling safety, High Speed rail, and payday loans.

Management Accountant

Our management accountants work in specific departments, giving financial advice to operational managers. Depending on the department, our management accountants might be developing financial plans to maintain a UNESCO World Heritage site or advising catering managers on improving profitability and providing value for money.

Management accountants have experience gained in a finance environment, understand and interpret financial information and reports, communicating trends and variances to a range of audiences. 

Their work involves preparing 3 year financial plans, annual estimates, profiled budgets and forecasts, and providing advice and other information to help staff manage budgets and meet targets.

Management accountants are either studying for or are members of one of the accounting bodies CCAB or AAT.

 

Mechanical and Electrical Shift Technician

Keeping all 33 of our buildings running requires regular maintenance and building services. It is a vital role that ensures the continuous operation of parliamentary business without interruption.

Mechanical and electrical shift technicians are the first point of call for a variety of maintenance issues. Working in shifts, they have to be ready to troubleshoot and react to a range of jobs, from lifts not working and lighting problems to plumbing issues and faulty radiators. They also maintain the steam pressure of the boilers and the equipment in the plant room.

Because of the hours MPs sit in the House, our M&E shift technicians work out-of-hours shifts to help us deliver client services.

Senior Project Leader –
Parliamentary Estates Directorate

The Parliamentary Estates Directorate (PED) maintains and manages all the buildings on the estate. Senior project leaders oversee the full life cycle of a variety of large-scale, complex construction and conservation projects and programmes in buildings – many of which are in operation 24/7. 

Our senior project leaders act as the intelligent client or ‘project sponsor’, making sure project requirements and outcomes are defined, while keeping stakeholders up to date throughout the project.  

Senior project leaders write business cases, secure funding, appoint and brief external consultants, and ensure successful project completion and delivery.

Working on a range of modern and historic buildings, the team maintains the integrity of a World Heritage site that is also a fully-functioning 21st century work environment. 

Educational Outreach Officer

Our team of education outreach officers aim to inform, engage and empower young people in the work of Parliament, politics and democracy. They provide resources and support for students and teachers to increase their knowledge and understanding of the role, work and history of Parliament.   

Education outreach officers provide a range of curriculum-linked workshops, activities and training opportunities, taking Parliament into classrooms across the UK. They also operate a programme of visits to Parliament, which welcomes around 40,000 young people each year.

Education outreach officers keep up to date with the business at Westminster, even when based in another part of the country.  They establish close relationships with schools and other educational establishments within their area, promoting and marketing their outreach services.  The programme has a target reach of 10,000 7 to 18 year old students.

Commis Chef

Entry level commis chefs are moved between each kitchen at the House of Commons on a regular basis to gain skills and experience in each area to be ready for promotion. They are given a broad range of catering experience including fine dining, banqueting or canteens across the Parliamentary Estate.

Commis chefs will have a buddy of a higher grade who will pass on their skills, such as butchery, presentation skills and stocktaking.  Generally, when a commis chef joins a kitchen they will have a discussion with a sous chef to find out what excites them and to put an informal development plan in place. 

Duties of a commis chef can include running a whole section of a kitchen and ordering in that area, assisting senior chefs with food preparation and cooking and complying with relevant health and safety procedures.

Commis chefs will have the opportunity to participate in external competitions alongside experienced chefs who will pass on their knowledge and experience.

Commis chefs will attend mandatory training courses, such as health and safety and food safety, which are recognised externally. They are fully supported in undertaking further courses which are relevant to their role.