Working for Electoral Services

Apply to work at elections

We employ many staff to work at an election, for example:

  • Polling clerks who work at polling stations.
  • Counting assistants.

Poll clerks

These staff are employed to carry out duties at polling stations. Staff are responsible for making sure that the proper procedure for voting is followed both in polling stations and after the close of poll at the Count.

On election day, polling staff are required to work from 6.30am until after 10pm without leaving the polling station. Staff are also required to attend a training session.

Counting staff

Staff are also employed to assist in counting the votes. This role requires high levels of concentration and accuracy.

Apply to work at elections

Print and complete the application form and return this to us with your proofs of entitlement to work in the UK.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station or as a counting assistant.
  • If you are not employed by the Council of the Isles of Scilly you will need to provide your National Insurance number, and either your original passport or relevant supporting information which confirms you are entitled to work in the UK.
  • If you are registered unemployed, you are advised to consult your local unemployment benefits office before you accept any offer of employment we may make you.
  • Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate.

Rates of pay

The rates of pay for election staff vary depending on the job role and the type of election.