Guidance notes for potential job applicants

We all know that interviews are a two way process – is the candidate a good fit for the employing council and is the council right for the candidate; there are a few steps of diligence that can be taken by both sides to minimise the risk of an unsuccessful appointment.

For the Council – ensure that the Council has a sound mechanism for appraisal, objective setting and mentoring new employees

For the candidate – make your own enquiries about the Council, drill down in its web site and if possible speak to the outgoing Clerk

At the interview – quite often candidates have no questions for the interview panel, this is the opportunity to satisfy yourself that this is the job for you and ask searching questions such as:

[a] What will you expect the successful candidate to achieve in the first 3 months?

[b] How do you deal with staff appraisal?

[c] Whilst the Council is my employer, who will be my point of contact on a day to day basis?

[d] What is the Council’s attitude towards assisted qualification training?


To apply for any of the vacancies on this page please download a pack, complete the application form and email to unless otherwise stated.



Chailey Parish Council - Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: 24th June 2019

Work Place: Parish Council Office

Hours: 25 hours per week

Rate of pay: £18 per hour

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Maresfield Parish Council - Assistant Clerk

Closing Date:

Work Place: Parish Council Office

Hours: 20 per week

Rate of pay: SCP 6 £19,171 pro rata per annum

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Peacehaven Town Council - Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: Friday 12th July 2019

Work Place: Office based

Hours: Full time

Rate of pay: £50,318 - £54,194 pa

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Ewhurst Parish Council (Sussex) - Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: 4th July 2019, 7pm

Work Place: home based

Hours: 14 - 16 hours per week

Rate of pay: £12.50-£15.50 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience) plus LGPS

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Westmeston Parish Council - parish Clerk & RFO

Closing Date:

Work Place: Home based

Hours: 5 per week

Rate of pay: TBC

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Closing Date: 8th July 2019

Work Place: Office based

Hours: 16 - 20 hours per week, to be agreed

Rate of pay: LC2 - SCP 29/30 (£32,029 - £32,878) pro-rata

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Locum Clerk Opportunities

For further information regarding any of the below please email

Southwater Parish CouncilThe requirement is for someone to support the Council initially until the end of June but possibility of extension, hours by negotiation at £35 per hour, working from the Council’s offices in Beeston Square.

Westham Parish Council - A qualified and experienced Clerk & RFO is required immediately to support the work of the Parish Council which has 5,500 electors and a precept of £150,000. Hours will be negotiable but at least 10 each week and a pay rate of £35 per hour, the post will be required until a permanent Clerk is appointed and takes up the position.

Chailey Parish CouncilRequired from mid-July to mid-September, actual dates to be agreed. 6 hours per week at £25 per hour, working from the Reading Room, Chailey Green. The present Clerk retires on 14th July and a replacement is unlikely to be in post before mid-September. An experienced locum Clerk & RFO is therefore required to monitor email traffic, correspondence and notices; the Locum will advise the Council of matters that need to be brought to its attention and act accordingly.