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Parliamentary Reporter

Join the Office of the Official Report, providing the official transcripts of sittings of the Assembly and meetings of Assembly Committees

Parliamentary Reporters report and edit transcripts of Assembly plenary sittings, relevant Committee meetings and miscellaneous other material relating to Assembly business and contribute to the production of the Official Report (Hansard) in its various guises.

Parliamentary Reporter

What we're looking for

The main duties of the role are to:

What we're offering
Essential Criteria

Applicants must, by the closing date for applications have:

1. GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes at grades A to C in four subjects, other than English language, plus a GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level pass at grade A or A* in English language. [Applications will be considered from candidates with relevant formal qualifications of an equivalent or higher standard to those stated.]

a) at least two years’ cumulative but not necessarily continuous experience in the preparation, editing and publication of transcripts or exercising editorial judgement in the production of written material for publication or examination.

b) the ability to interpret, research and communicate complicated verbal and written information, arguments, reports etc.

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2. a) At least three years’ cumulative but not necessarily continuous experience in the preparation, editing and publication of transcripts or exercising editorial judgement in the production of written material for publication or examination.

b) the ability to interpret, research and communicate complicated verbal and written information, arguments, reports etc

Quick Q&A for this job...​

The salary range is £29,527 – £30,413. This is an Assembly Grade 7 position. 

Parliamentary Reporters work in the Office of the Official Report (Hansard), which is part of the Parliamentary Services Directorate. The Office is responsible for providing the official reports of sittings of the Assembly and meetings of Assembly Committees and a range of other reporting and editorial services.

The successful candidate will be accountable to an Assistant Editor.

The successful applicant will be based in Parliament Buildings, Belfast.

Completed application forms must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 28 September 2020.

The Selection Process

There are five elements within the Recruitment and Selection Framework:

Experience – the knowledge or mastery of an activity or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it.

Abilitythe aptitude or potential to perform to the required standard. 

Technical – the demonstration of specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications.

Assembly Skills and Behaviours –the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job.

Strengths – the things we do regularly, do well and that motivate us.

All of the above elements will be assessed for this role and the selection methods that will be used are detailed below. Further information on the Recruitment and Selection Framework are included in the Guidance on Recruitment and Selection for Applicants.

Online verbal reasoning testing may be used as a shortlisting tool. Invitation to test does not imply that an applicant possesses the essential criteria. The tests will be held online and instructions and further information will be issued to applicants after the closing date for applications. Only those applicants who meet the minimum standard and who score highest in the tests, will be considered for the next stage of the selection process: the eligibility sift. 

The essential criteria reflect the experience and knowledge that an applicant must possess in order to be able to undertake the role. An eligibility sift will be carried out on the basis of the information contained in the essential criteria section of the application form. You must therefore demonstrate clearly in your form how and to what extent you meet with the essential criteria for the post. 

Those applicants who come through the first two stages will then be invited to a thorough job-related skills assessment, which will include tests covering the use and knowledge of English. Those applicants who meet the minimum standard and who score highest in this third stage will be invited to interview. 

A selection panel will interview applicants who have met the minimum standard and scored highest at the job-related skills test — the third stage. The interview will address the information contained in the job specification and will assess elements of the Recruitment and Selection Framework.

The selection panel reserves the right to hold a further interview stage if deemed necessary. 

Application Pack: Parliamentary Reporter

Below you will find everything you need to apply for the position.

Read all the information about the job and the associated guidance related to working in the Assembly:

You are now ready to complete the online application:

Please note the application form will be unavailable on Saturday 18th September between 00:00 – 09:00 due to maintenance on the system

The deadline for applications expires at 12 noon on Monday 28 September 2020.

Further Information

If you require more information on the recruitment process, please contact the Human Resources Office on 02890 520327.

Visit our website for further information about the Assembly.

Good Luck

Please note the application form will be unavailable on Saturday 18th September between 00:00 – 09:00 due to maintenance on the system