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Houses of Parliament

A career at the very heart of the political process

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4 years






This is your chance to be part of an institution at the heart of democracy. As a Fast Streamer on the Houses of Parliament scheme, you'll witness at first hand the democratic processes and political events that shape the nation.


  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:2 or higher in any degree subject
  • existing civil servants can apply without a degree

What to expect

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The programme will appeal to your interest in the constitution, politics and public policy. It will also give you the experience and skills you need to become a leader of the organisation in the future. As a 2017 Fast Streamer, you’ll be employed by the House of Commons and serve Parliament, not the government of the day.

What do they say

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Life on the Houses of Parliament Fast Stream

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What's in it for you

Learning and development

While most of the learning is on the job, after induction week you can look forward to weekly seminars to help you understand Parliament and develop the skills for promotion.

You’ll also have in-house and external training relevant to your job or development, and a training pathway document full of activities and milestones. Support will come from your line manager, a training coordinator and Fast Stream talent managers.

Up to 49k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £49k.



You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.

Promotion will see you earn around £49k in 3 to 4 years, while other benefits include generous leave (usually only when Parliament isn’t sitting), choice of pensions, professional qualifications, season ticket loan, in-house gym, childcare vouchers and more. 

Application process


Online tests

The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.

We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.


Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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