Renfrewshire Council

Scottish Parliament Elections 2021 - Staff recruitment

The Scottish Parliament elections will take place on Thursday 6 May and we are looking for council staff who would like to work to support the elections here in Renfrewshire.

As you will appreciate because of the current coronavirus pandemic this election will be slightly different. We want to reassure you however that your health and wellbeing is our main priority and that's why this year, there will be some changes to the way we normally do things to keep you and our residents safe.

About the roles

Thursday May 6

Locations - various

Polling Clerk/ Information Officer - To assist in the voting process at a polling station. This includes but is not limited to; meeting and greeting voters, directing to correct polling stations, checking the electoral register, and assisting the Presiding officer in the issuing of votes. The majority of roles will be in locations across Renfrewshire, with a small number in neighbouring local authority areas (East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde).

The hours of poll will be from 7am to10pm and you must be present at your polling station by 6.30am on the morning of Thursday 6 May 2021. You will be paid a total of £200 (£175 + £25 for advance online training).

We will also require a reserve bank of polling clerks and anyone on the standby list will be paid £30 plus £25 for attending online training. If required you will be called and deployed to a polling place, in which case you will receive the full balance up to £200.

Friday May 7 / Saturday May 8

Location - Braehead arena 

Enumerators / Vote counters-Responsible for assessment that ballots are valid, checking the vote cast and counting of votes. Undertake integrity checks and/or recounts as required. 

The count will take place on both Friday 7 May and Saturday 8 May between approximately 8am-6pm. Staff can choose to work one or both days and will be paid £120 for Friday and £180 for Saturday.

How to apply

Please complete the attached application form and return it to Election Office, Finance & Resources, Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1TR or email to by Friday 19 March 2021.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing this form please contact 0141 618 2300.

You can apply to work all three days if you wish. If you wish to work on polling day and the count - please tick both roles as listed in part 1 of the 'Application to Work' form.

If you are applying to work at the count, please confirm which days you wish to work in the 'previous experience' box at part 4 of the application form.

If you have already expressed an interest in working at the count, then there is no need to apply again. We will be in contact with you shortly with an offer of appointment and next steps.

Special Leave

Special Leave is available to all council staff who would like to cover election duties, in line with the requirements of your service. Staff should not be required to use annual leave to cover election duties and should speak with their line managers about this before accepting a role.

Keeping you safe at work

All our polling stations will be following the latest Scottish Government and public health advice with appropriate hygiene and physical distancing.

Every polling station has undergone an individual risk assessment, and there will be a number of changes to our usual processes, including  the use of protective screens, sanitiser stations, single use pencils and one-way systems, all of which will been agreed in consultation with trade unions and discussed in detail at your training.

All staff working at a polling station will also be asked to complete a short health and wellbeing survey to help us identify any additional support you may require to work on election day.


Polling Clerk / Information Officer

Given the current restrictions, all training will be carried out in advance and online via Microsoft Teams.  All staff must attend an online training session that will cover details of the role and the specific arrangements that will be in place at each of the polling stations to ensure the safety of staff and voters.

Training will take place in April and we will contact you with details of the session once we have confirmed your appointment. Training will be paid.

Enumerators / Vote Counters

No training is required for these roles however you will receive a briefing at the beginning of your shift.

Next steps

If successful we will contact you in the coming days with an appointment letter and details of the polling station you have been assigned to.

For those who have expressed an interest in working at the count, we will contact you if you have been successful in the next few weeks.

This will also include the health and wellbeing survey as highlighted above and a welcome letter which sets out some key information we wish to draw your particular attention to, including the health and safety measures in place and the all-important payment details.

Thank you.

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