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Applying for a job with the Council

​The quickest and easiest way to apply for a job with the council is online. You can search and access details of all our current vacancies.

Please ensure you complete and submit your application by midnight on the closing date, as applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

The information below aims to help you complete the form and answer some questions that you may have about the application process. 

Completing the application form
Please read the application form, job description and employee specification carefully, so that you understand what the position involves. 

You should also read the recruitment service guidance notes carefully. This advice is designed to help you complete the application form as thoroughly as possible.

You will only be shortlisted if you meet the essential requirements of the employee specification. The decision to shortlist you for interview will be solely based on the information you provide in the application form.

Please make sure that you address all the areas covered in the employee specification and make sure that your application demonstrates the skills and experience you have for the specific job you are applying for.

Check that the information you provide is accurate. If you conceal or misrepresent relevant information at any stage during the recruitment process you will be disqualified.

Disabled applicants

We encourage everyone to apply for jobs at the Council and will consider all applications regardless of your circumstances. If you have an impairment which could prevent you from carrying out any aspects of a post, we still encourage you to apply as it may be possible to change the duties of the post.

We can provide information in large print, braille, or on tape. If you have difficulty in completing the application form you may submit a curriculum vitae (CV), but this should contain the same information as we ask for on the application form.

Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria of a vacant post are guaranteed an interview. Please let us know if we need to make any arrangements for you to come to an interview in the 'for disabled candidates' section.

Pre employment checks
If you are successful at your job interview, we will need two satisfactory references before we can offer you the position. At least one of these should be from your present or last employer.

For jobs which involve direct access to vulnerable adults and children, your offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Asylum and immigration check
Before your appointment we will carry out a check to make sure that you have the right to work in the UK. This is a legal requirement under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.

We only employ people who need a work permit for posts where the Home Office recognise them as shortage occupations, e.g. social workers, highly qualified technicians or specialists with rare skills.

Interview process
If you are successful at the shortlisting stage you will be given at least five working days notice of a job interview. Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive we are not able to let you know you if you haven’t been shortlisted for interview.

Relatives of elected councillors or senior council officers

If you apply for a job with the Council you must tell us if you have any relationship with a councillor or senior officer of the Council. If you don’t tell us, you may be disqualified from appointment. Councillors and senior officers must also tell us about any relationship they may have with someone applying to work for the Council. 

  • ’Senior officer‘ is defined as any council officer whose salary is graded at SO2 or above.
  • ’Relationship‘ refers to any relationship, however remote.

Canvassing

You must not try to influence any councillor or officer of the Council in relation to your job application, or you will be disqualified. This means you must not seek the support of a councillor or officer, or attempt to ask them to influence the decision on who to appoint.

Criminal convictions

When you apply for a job with us, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 means that you must tell us about any criminal convictions you may have which are not ‘spent’. If you don’t tell us, we may dismiss you from your job if you are appointed.

Prison sentences of more than 2 ½ years can never become ‘spent’. It is the sentence imposed by the court that counts (even if it is a suspended sentence) and not the time actually spent in prison.

For some jobs you must declare all criminal convictions or cautions, regardless of whether or not these are spent. The information in each job description will tell you if the job falls into this category.

I have found a job I would like to apply for, is there any guidance to help me?

​Guidance notes can be found on the link below. Read the guidance notes carefully. Unless other pre-selection techniques are used, the decision to shortlist you for interview will be based solely on the information you provide in your application.​

Guidance notes webpage

Do you have a register for people interested in employment with Leeds City Council?

​By clicking the ‘Search jobs’ link on our job site and searching for keywords, you will be given the option to request automatic email alerts for jobs that match your search criteria. This will ensure that you are the first to hear about vacancies of interest to you as soon as these are released.

Can I download an application form in Microsoft Word format and email my application?

​No. Applications can be submitted electronically by applying online. Alternatively, if you wish to submit a paper application, please contact the Recruitment team on 0113 22 43022 to request a paper application pack (this will be sent to you by post).

I am having problems logging in to the jobsite, what should I do?

​There are two possible reasons for problems logging in:

The first is that you may have not registered with the job site. To be able to apply for jobs online you first need to register. To do this, please click the ‘Register today’ link on the home page and follow the instructions.

The second reason is that the email address or password you have entered may be unsuitable. Due to the nature of the information stored on the site, passwords are required to be as secure as possible. Your password must therefore be between 8 and 15 characters long and must contain a number and a special character (e.g. apr1c£tst0ne).

Can I save my application form half way through and come back to it at a later date?

​Yes. During the application process you can press the ‘Save’ button at the top of the page at any time.

Clicking the 'Next' button at the bottom of the page will also automatically save the information you have entered. If you do not save your application on a regular basis you risk losing your information.

How do I know that my application form has been received?

When you submit your application, the job site will send an automated email to your inbox to confirm that you have submitted your application form.

Please note that you may experience a delay in receiving this email. Also, some email providers (especially Hotmail) may flag your confirmation as junk mail (so you may find the email in your junk mail folder rather than your inbox).

I would like to amend my submitted application form can you please make it available?

Unfortunately it is not possible for us to make your application form available for editing once it has been submitted.

How will I know if I have been shortlisted for interview?

​Applicants who are invited to attend an interview will be contacted by email or by post once shortlisting has taken place (and at least five working days before the interview date). Applicants who have not been shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email or post to be informed that, on this occasion, their application has been unsuccessful. If your application is unsuccessful, please do not let this deter you from applying for future positions.

If you would like feedback on your application, please contact the Recruitment team on 0113 22 43022 and we will be able to arrange this.​

There is personal information on my application form, is this information secure?

Yes. We are required under the Data Protection Act (DPA 1984 and 1998) to inform you that details of your name, address and the post applied for will be held on a secure database to facilitate the recruitment process. The information you provide on the equal opportunities monitoring page will also be held, in order to monitor the effectiveness of our policies.

To comply with our retention policy all applications submitted or un-submitted will be deleted after six months. The details on your online CV will be held for 12 months.

Do I need any special software on my computer to use the jobsite?

​Apart from your internet browser, you do not need any additional software on your computer to use this site effectively.

Additional job details may sometimes be attached as PDF documents. To view PDF documents, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your machine. You can download this for free.

I am having difficulty using the site, who can I contact?

​If you have any queries about the site you can contact our Recruitment team on 0113 3943022​ or email us.

How do I make a complaint regarding the recruitment process?

​To make a complaint or submit a compliment to us about any council service, please use our online complaints form which can be found in the compliments and complaints section.

Compliments and complaints