Staff needed for May elections

Published: Friday, 26 February 2021

Members of the public are invited to apply for a range of paid positions which will be available at polling stations across Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire,

on Thursday, 6 May, and at the ballot paper count, which will take place at the Silverstone Circuit on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Monday 10 May.

The local election on 6 May is a much larger event than in previous years, as residents of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire can not only vote for councillors who will represent the new West Northamptonshire Council, but also for councillors to represent their Parish Councils and for the new West Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

People living in Northampton will also be able to vote for their local representative on the new Northampton Town Council.

Anna Earnshaw, Returning Officer for the West Northamptonshire elections and the Chief Executive of the new Council, said: “Due to the scale of this forthcoming election, we need more staff than ever before, so we are opening these positions up to the general public.

“This is the first election for the new West Northamptonshire Council, so it’s also a chance to be part of a historic moment in local government in the county.”

Additional Covid safety measures will be in place at all venues to protect staff and voters, including one-way systems, hand sanitiser, safety screens, two metre markers, and one person or one household entry to polling stations.

The following positions are available:

Poll Clerks
Hours: 6.30am – 10.30pm (polling stations operate from 7am to 10pm)
Rate of pay: £155 to £185 for the day depending on number of elections running at the station
Location: various

Duties include helping to set up and close down the polling station, marking electors off the register, issuing ballot papers, and ensuring that the station is kept clean and tidy.

Presiding Officers
Hours: 6.30am – 10.30pm (polling stations open from 7am to 10pm)
Rate of pay: £225 to £275 for the day depending on number of elections running at the station
Location: various

Duties include collecting the ballot boxes and dropping them off at the local Council building or the Silverstone Circuit, being responsible for setting up and closing down the polling station, completing paperwork at the close of poll, and overseeing the smooth running of the station and work of the poll clerk. Applicants must have three previous experiences of undertaking this role. 

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks will be also be paid 45 pence per mile for their travel and will receive an additional training fee of £30 for an online training session which must be completed by 30 April.

Count Assistants
Hours: 9am – 5pm (approx.)
Rate of pay: £15 per hour
Location: Silverstone Circuit

Duties include sorting and counting ballot papers quickly and accurately, and recounting papers as required.

Verification Assistants
Hours: 9.30pm on 6 May through to 5am or later on 7 May
Rate of pay: £17.50 per hour
Location: Silverstone Circuit

Duties include confirming the number of ballot papers found in ballot boxes at the close of poll.

Security Staff
Hours: Depending on duty
Rate of pay: £15 to £17.50 per hour depending on time of day
Location: Silverstone Circuit

Duties include security at verification and counts.

Anyone interested in these positions should contact their local district or borough council to request a job description and short application form, using the following email addresses:

Daventry District Council: [email protected]

Northampton Borough Council: [email protected]

South Northamptonshire Council: [email protected]