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International Hansard Team - Flexible Working    


Division: Legislative Services

Team: Table and Publications Office

Hours per week: Casual – hours by arrangement

Salary: £78.00 per audio hour

Closing Date: Tuesday, 20th December 2022

__________________________________________________________________________________________________The Office of the Clerk supports the work of Tynwald, the Isle of Man’s parliament. We are inviting expressions of interest from individuals wishing to join an outside team of ad hoc Hansard reporters to assist with our International Hansard Services.

About the role

In addition to its day-to-day Tynwald work, the Hansard team drafts ‘essentially verbatim’ Official Reports for the parliamentary assemblies of Gibraltar, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. The work involves producing highly accurate transcripts of speeches by members during their parliamentary sittings, using audio transcription, document formatting and proofreading skills to produce essentially verbatim reports of the proceedings.

We are seeking people who possess a high standard of English language proficiency and computer literacy, in addition to excellent keyboard and audio skills. Successful candidates will have the ability to work independently, accurately and efficiently, while maintaining clear lines of communication with the wider team and the team co-ordinator; from time to time there will be the opportunity to join the office-based team.

The work is demand-led and deadline-driven, as agreed with the client jurisdictions.
Interested parties should be aware that the timing and volume of work which face parliamentary reporters has ‘peaks and troughs’ and that, when work is accepted, there will be strict delivery timings associated with that work.

The work will be undertaken remotely; therefore, reporters will be required to provide their own workspace and PC and have a good and reliable internet connection.

Training and advice will be provided with regard to the required software, remote access to files and team working methods. Style guides, speakers’ logs and templates will also be provided, and reporters will be expected to follow these work-aids closely. Successful candidates will be required to quickly learn the intricacies of parliamentary debate and procedure as well as to become familiar with a range of voices and accents.

This role is on a self-employed basis, with invoices for completed work being submitted to the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office for payment. Rates will be agreed per audio hour processed, according to experience, complexity, the level of work carried out and the requirements of the client jurisdiction.

About the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald

You will be working alongside a small team delivering a wide range of parliamentary and administrative services. The office delivers high-quality services to Tynwald and the public, while maintaining a reputation for excellence both on and off the Isle of Man.

What this role can offer you

This role provides the opportunity to assist the work of a small, forward-thinking parliamentary office. You will develop your understanding of parliamentary procedures and current affairs.

The role would suit a person who wishes to work from home and balance their workload against their personal commitments or interests.

Inclusion and Diversity

The Office of the Clerk of Tynwald offers an inclusive workplace culture and welcomes expressions of interest from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability. 

How to find out more and apply

 For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Andy Cooke on 685514 or by e-mailing a.cooke@tynwald.org.im.

Applications forms can be found by following the links on this page. To apply, send a completed application form with a copy of your curriculum vitae (cv) to enquiries@tynwald.org.im. Please mark your application for the attention of Mr Jonathan King, Clerk of Tynwald. Hard copy applications should be sent to Mr Jonathan King, Clerk of Tynwald, Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3PW. 

Interview and Assessment

You will be updated on your progress via the email address you provide. Please check your Junk Mail and Spam folders to make sure you don’t miss any correspondence.

We anticipate holding interviews on 10th January 2023. If candidates are not available on that day, they should indicate this clearly on their application form.

The interview will comprise of an assessment and a panel interview. During the interview, we will be interested to hear about you, about what you can bring to the role and any relevant experience you have.  ​​