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Parliamentary Assistant

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Parliamentary assistants carry out research and office work for one or more Members of the Scottish or UK Parliaments, or sometimes for think tanks and pressure groups. They are often active members of a political party who have ambitions to become full time politicians. They are sometimes called politician’s assistants or political researchers.

The Work

You would provide a range of support services for one or more members of the Scottish or UK Parliaments.

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salary for a parliamentary assistant in Scotland is around £20,000. This rises up to £31,311 with experience.

Senior parliamentary assistants with considerable experience can be paid between £30,000 and £40,704 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1716
2.3 %
RISE
2023
1756
  United Kingdom
2018
13217
2.2 %
RISE
2023
13506

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

You can find jobs advertised in the UK Parliament website and the Working for an MP website.

Parliamentary assistants currently work in the European Parliament, but this will change in 2019 when the UK leaves the EU and no longer has Members of European Parliament.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Tel: 020 7631 6900
Website: http://www.cipr.co.uk/
Twitter: @CIPR_UK
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CIPR.UK

Scottish Conservatives
Tel: 0131 524 0030
Website: http://www.scottishconservatives.com
Twitter: @ScotTories
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishConservatives

Scottish Green Party
Tel: 08700 772 207
Website: https://greens.scot
Twitter: @scotgp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishGreens

Scottish Labour Party
Tel: 0141 572 6900
E-mail: scotland@labour.org.uk
Website: http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/
Twitter: @scottishlabour
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishLabourParty/

Scottish Liberal Democrats
Website: http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/
Twitter: @scotlibdems

Scottish National Party (SNP)
Tel: 0800 633 5432
E-mail: info@snp.org
Website: http://www.snp.org/
Twitter: @theSNP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theSNP

Scottish Parliament
Tel: 0800 092 7500
Minicom / Textphone: 0800 092 7100
E-mail: info@parliament.scot
Website: http://www.parliament.scot
Twitter: @ScotParl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottishparliament

Scottish Socialist Party
Website: http://www.scottishsocialistparty.org/

UK Independence Party (UKIP) Scotland
Website: http://www.ukip.scot
Twitter: @UKIP_Scotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKIPInScotland/

w4mp
Website: http://www.w4mp.org

The site for everyone working for an MP

Work for MSPs
Website: http://www.work4msps.scot

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