Greater London Authority elections - 7 May 2020

Greater London Authority (GLA) elections will be taking place on Thursday 7 May 2020, as a result we are now recruiting staff to work on these elections.  If you wish to work on these elections, please complete and return an application form.  We expect to make appointments towards the end of March, so please return your application by 6 March 2020.


Applications from those who have been unsuccessful will be placed on the reserve list.  If people drop out, you may still be contacted up to polling day and asked if you are available to work. If you do not hear from us, please consider your application unsuccessful.


Polling hours will be from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 7 May; which means arriving at polling places at 6am.

All staff at polling stations are required to complete a training session of about 1 to 1.5 hours. Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks will need to complete a training course. The training is anticipated to be via an online module; however, this is subject to change as per GLA requirements. Payment for completing training is included in the expected fees below, as are all expenses.


Please note: GLA ballot papers are counted electronically, as a result we will not be recruiting staff to hand count ballot papers on this occasion.


Postal vote opening sessions will be held from Monday 27 April up to polling night (7 May).


Postal vote assistant – £12.25 per hour

Senior presiding officer – £412.12 including transport of ballot boxes and use of mobile phone

Presiding officer – £390.90 including transport of ballot boxes and use of mobile phone

Poll clerk – £249.06

Runner (election night) – £28.40 per hour


For more information about the roles, please see the job descriptions.


Completed applications should be returned by email: or by post: Borough Returning Officer, Electoral Services Office, Merton Civic Centre, Morden, SM4 5DX



Every year we recruit a number of canvassers to assist with updating the electoral register.

Recruitment for working on canvassing duties has now closed.

Please check back around July/August when we will be recruiting again.