Parliamentary Assistant

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Parliamentary assistants carry out research and office work for one or more Members of the Scottish Parliament 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:


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

Starting salary for a parliamentary assistant in Scotland is around £21,000 a year, rising to around £32,000 with experience.

Senior parliamentary assistants with considerable experience can be paid between £30,000 and around £44,000 a year.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

You can find jobs advertised in the UK Parliament website, the Working for an MP website or Scottish Parliament Careers website.

Below you will find a list of Scottish Political Parties.


Courtesy of Exeter University

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