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Election roles available

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Combined election 2021 - 6 May 2021

Electoral Services are now recruiting staff for the Police and Crime Commissioner/Tees Valley Mayoral combined election which will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Roles available

Please only apply for roles that you can commit to.

Bagbuster / Runner

Working as part of a team in the count venue, you'll be responsible for collecting ballot boxes, unused ballot papers, and other documentation and equipment as they're delivered by Presiding Officers. You'll need to deliver these quickly and efficiently to the correct teams, and assist with the sorting and packing of documents and equipment.

Hours of work
9:30pm to 2am (approximately) on Thursday 6 May

Rate of pay
£76 for the first 4 hours, then £19 per hour thereafter (if needed)

Presiding Officer

You must have previous experience as a Poll Clerk. Presiding Officers are responsible for conduct in their polling station and must have a good knowledge of the voting procedures. As a Presiding Officer you'll be responsible for complying with all instructions, and ensuring the integrity and secrecy of the ballot. You'll assign work to the Poll Clerk(s), ensure the accuracy of the poll, and account for all of the ballot papers. You'll be responsible for collecting and delivering your ballot box, and you may have responsibility for ensuring your polling building is open and closed on voting day.

Hours of work
6:30am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May. You will also need to attend a training session before voting day.

Rate of pay
£243

Poll Clerk

As Poll Clerk you'll help the Presiding Officer to run a polling station. You'll help to set up polling station equipment, assist with issuing ballot papers to members of the public, mark the electoral register, and help with the accurate completion of paperwork.

Hours of work
6:30am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May. You will also need to attend a training session before voting day.

Rate of pay
£157.63 (£171.07 from 1 April 2021)

Count Assistant

The purpose of the count staff is to open ballot boxes, verify that the number of votes in the ballot boxes matches the number of ballot papers issued, then count the votes for each candidate in the election. A Count Assistant's duties are straightforward but undertaken in an environment which can, at times, be pressurised, as the count is undertaken in the presence of candidates, their counting agents, or other observers. The greatest of care must be taken to help avoid mistakes.

Hours of work
9:30pm to 2am (approximately) on Thursday 6 May
9:30am to 4pm (approximately) on Friday 7 May

Rate of pay
Thursday - £64 for the first 4 hours, then £16 per hour
Friday - £44 for the first 4 hours, then £11 per hour

Security Assistant

Working in the count venue, you'll be responsible for checking the identity of those entering, and recording attendance. This will include candidates, their agents, and media representatives, as well as count staff.

Hours of work
9:30pm to 2am (approximately) on Thursday 6 May
9:30am to 4pm (approximately) on Friday 7 May

Rate of pay
Thursday - £64 for the first 4 hours, then £16 per hour
Friday - £44 for the first 4 hours, then £11 per hour

Postal Vote Opener

The purpose of the Postal Vote Opener is to ensure that the postal packs returned by electors (or their proxies) who have chosen to vote by post, rather than in person at a polling station, are opened, checked, verified and tallied in a secure manner. Votes for candidates are not counted as part of this process.

Hours of work
10am to 4pm (at Middlesbrough Town Hall) on Friday 30 April, Tuesday 4 May, and Wednesday 5 May, and 7pm to 12am (at Middlesbrough Sports Village) on Thursday 6 May.
You must be able to attend all 4 sessions.

Rate of pay
£13 per hour for Friday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
£16 per hour for Thursday

Count Team Leader / Senior Count Assistant

You must have previous experience of working at the count. You will be training and supervising a team of Count Assistants, and ensuring data is entered into our count system accurately.

Hours of work 
9:30pm to 2am (approximately) on Thursday 6 May
9:30am to 4pm (approximately) on Friday 7 May

Rate of pay (Count Team Leader)
Thursday: £104 for the first 4 hours, then £26 per hour
Friday: £76 for the first 4 hours, then £19 per hour

Rate of pay (Senior Count Assistant)
Thursday: £80 for the first 4 hours, then £20 per hour
Friday: £56 for the first 4 hours, then £14 per hour

Apply

All applications to work on elections are through our secure online portal, MEA.

Please email recruitelections@middlesbrough.gov.uk with your name and home address (including postcode).

We'll then send you a link and login details for MEA, so you can indicate your availability and select your preferred role.

Middlesbrough Council employees

Middlesbrough Council currently allows time off for its employees to undertake roles that take place during normal working hours - you do not need to take annual leave or flexi-time. However, if you are a Middlesbrough Council employee, you must get approval from your line manager before applying.