Job Description – Parliamentary Assistant

Location: Constituency or Westminster

Salary: IPSA Payscales

Full time (6 months fixed term contract)

Margaret Ferrier MP is looking to recruit a full-time Parliamentary Assistant to join her team, based either in the constituency, or in Westminster.

The position would suit a candidate seeking the next step in their career in Parliament, who has a good understanding of Parliamentary procedure, can manage competing priorities efficiently and calmly; is competent and confident acting on their own initiative, as well as being a strong team-player.


  • Experience of working in the House and a broad knowledge of Parliamentary protocol and procedures
  • Outstanding written skills, with keen attention to detail
  • Ability to complete work quickly, to a high standard, often under pressure
  • An interest in current affairs and an understanding of devolved politics

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Compiling research for MP, on local, national, and regional issues
  • Ensuring the MP is fully briefed on business of the House
  • Drafting and tabling Parliamentary Questions and EDMs
  • Proactively prepare for the Parliamentary day/week and keep MP updated
  • Overall responsibility for keeping website updated
  • Speech writing
  • Draft policy/lobby responses to constituents, and correspondence to UK Government and Scottish Government Ministers
  • Horizon scanning: proactively identifying opportunities for MP

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines

Closing date: 25th June 2021

Interview dates: 6th & 7th July

Salary: Within IPSA pay scales (dependant on location)

Contract: Six months fixed

To apply: please submit your CV and covering letter to setting out your suitability for the role.

In the email subject matter, please state ‘[YOUR NAME] – Parliamentary Assistant Application for Margaret Ferrier MP’