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.

Apply for a job with Leeds City Council online

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. 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.

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.


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.​​





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