How to apply


Search and apply for jobs

  1. Find a role that interests you.
  2. Read the job description and person specification carefully before deciding whether the opportunity is right for you.
  3. Select the 'Apply Online' button to complete and submit an application form electronically.

If there are no relevant roles at the moment, please keep checking the website as vacancies are added on a regular basis.

No access to a computer?

If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, you can access one at your local library, or alternatively, please contact our recruitment team by emailing recruitment@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 2757.  We'll then send you a paper application form to complete. Large print application forms are also available on request.

Application process

Our recruitment process is designed to be both fair and effective:

  1. Applications will be accepted until midnight on the closing date.
  2. Following the closing date, all applications are sent to the recruiting manager who will review your application against the job description and person specification.
  3. If you're successful at this stage, you advance to the selection stage.
  4. We use a variety of selection methods depending on the role we're recruiting for. This will usually include a face-to-face interview with at least two council employees which gives you an opportunity to promote your knowledge and ability by answering set questions. You may also be asked to give a presentation to support your application or do some relevant tests. Sometimes a second interview may be required.
  5. Before the interview, re-read the job description and person specification, view the content on our careers site and do some research of your own. It's important you know and understand our values. You'll need to bring proof of your identity and right to live and work in the UK to the interview.
  6. If you are successful, we'll let you know as soon as possible, usually by phone. If you're unsuccessful, you'll be notified by email, phone or in writing.
  7. Any offer of employment will be subject to us completing employment checks, including a medical check, written references, and where necessary a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, work permit checks, and confirmation of qualifications. If the role requires a DBS check, we'll ask for references after short listing has taken place. It's important that you don't resign from your current job until these checks are complete.
  8. Once all your employment checks have been successfully completed your new line manager will contact you to arrange a suitable start date. You'll then receive your contract.
  9. You can ask us for feedback if you are unsuccessful at any stage of the recruitment process.

CV applications

Unfortunately, we cannot accept CVs (with the exception of Social Workers). Instead you will be asked to complete the Council's application form as this helps us to make sure we have all the information from you that we need to consider your application fully.

Making the most of your application

  1. Check that the vacancy is open to external candidates (if you don't already work for us).
  2. Your application is your opportunity to show us what makes you well suited to the job. Make sure you tailor what you write to the role.
  3. Read the job description and person specification carefully. You might also find useful extra information on this website.
  4. Make sure you demonstrate in your application how your skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours match the job description and person specification and our values.
  5. It may be worth including details of experiences or achievements outside of a work context. If they seem relevant to the role you're welcome to include them.
  6. Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  7. If you're interested in a job share, please state this clearly on your application form.
  8. You must have the right to live and work in the UK to join Reading Borough Council.

Disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks

If the job you apply for would involve substantial access to children or vulnerable people, or personal confidential information about them, you must agree to a disclosure notification being sought from the disclosure and barring service. This requirement will be made clear in the job advertisement and in the role description.

The DBS check includes a search of the police national computer and the barring lists held by the DBS. It will include all criminal convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands and you're required to declare these if the relevant posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The disclosure of a criminal conviction will not necessarily exclude you from appointment. There are many offences which may not disqualify you, for example less serious offences, or those committed some time ago, when you were a juvenile, or under extenuating circumstances and where there have been no further offences. However, if you fail to declare any conviction, this may disqualify you from appointment, or result in dismissal if information subsequently comes to light.

If you would like to discuss whether a conviction would be likely to exclude you from being considered for a post, please contact our recruitment team by emailing recruitment@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 2757. They will be happy to give you confidential advice.

Reading Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

DBS checks are carried out in accordance with the Code of Practice for Disclosure and Barring Service Registered Persons, published by the Home Office.  The DBS also publish Privacy Policies covering Standard and Enhanced Disclosures, and Basic Checks.  If you wish to see a copy of the Code of Practice or the Privacy Policies please contact HR or visit www.gov.uk.

If you have a disability

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The Council signs up to the Disability Confident scheme (formerly known as the 'Two Ticks' scheme). If you have declared a disability on the application form we can guarantee you an interview if you meet the essential criteria for the job.

If you are invited for interview, you will be asked if you need any reasonable adjustments in order to attend, and we will make these wherever possible. An example would be ensuring that the interview is held in an accessible room or building.

If you are offered a job, we will make any reasonable adjustments that you might require.

The right to live and work in the UK

Under The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 we must check all potential employees before they start work to ensure only those able to work legally in the UK are offered employment.

If you're short listed for interview, you must bring original documents (not copies) with you that enable us to complete these checks. Your invitation to interview letter will detail which documents to bring.

If you're from overseas and already working in the UK on a relevant visa, we'll still need to apply to the Home Office for you to change roles or employers. This also applies if you currently work for Reading Borough Council. For certain EU countries (e.g. Croatia), you may also still need a work permit or a registration certificate to work in the UK.

Interview Expenses

Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse interview expenses unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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