Appointments at Lambeth Council are made based on the applicant’s experience, knowledge, skills and ability to do the job. This ensures that the best person is selected for the job.

To apply for a job with us you must complete an online application form.

We do not accept CVs as they are unlikely to show that you fully meet the job requirements and make it difficult for us to compare candidates fairly. We also do not accept faxed application forms.

1. Completing your application online

The online application system is organised into the following sections:

  • main details
  • work experience
  • qualifications
  • behaviours questions
  • references (two required)
  • training and development
  • equal opportunities.

We decide whether or not to interview you for a job from the information you give us on your application form, so it is important that you give us clear and relevant information and that you answer all the questions.

Before you start, read the job description, personal specification and any other information you have been sent. Applicants will be assessed on how they meet the requirements stated in the personal specification.

You might want to make a rough copy of your answers first so that you can decide exactly what you want to say before you complete the form itself.

You should submit your application before the closing date. If your application is successful you will be invited to attend the next stage of the assessment process.

2. The application form explained

Main details

It is important that you complete this section in full, as these details will be used to contact you if we need to invite you for an interview.

Work experience

Please provide details of your employment history covering at least the last 10 years, where possible. Start with your present or most recent employer giving the title of your job and the dates you were employed and then work backwards. Make sure the dates are correct and in the right order. You may also want to give details of any community, voluntary, or unpaid work you have undertaken. It is particularly important that you note any periods of unemployment so that we can consider your full history in making employment decisions.


Please give details of your education history since the age of eleven including college/university courses and any qualifications obtained. You will be asked to produce copies of relevant certificates of your qualifications prior to an offer of employment being confirmed.


This is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience we are looking for based on the personal specification. You will need to answer each question within this section, so it is very important that you read the personal specification carefully. Think how you meet the requirements and show how you meet each of the behaviours giving examples where possible. Voluntary and unpaid work can be used in addition to more formal experience.


If you are working now or have been working, we require your present or most recent employer's name and address as an employment reference. For your second reference you may want to give us a past employer who can comment on your suitability. If you have just left school or have recently obtained your professional qualification, you may want to give your teacher or tutor's name. For both references please state in what capacity you know the referee, for example if they are your manager or teacher.

References will only be taken up after the interview process has been completed

Training and development

Please include in this section any training courses or development activities you have been involved with or attended. These may be courses provided by your employer or events you have participated in outside of work.

Equal opportunities monitoring

In order to make sure that our Dignity at Work policy is working effectively, and to measure the effectiveness of our advertising, monitoring information needs to be collected and analysed. This information is confidential and is monitored by Human Resources. It will not be used for selection purposes.


If your application is successful, you will be invited to take part in an interview process. However, due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that it is not possible for us to respond to every one. If you don't hear a response within four weeks from the closing date, please assume that at this time your application was not successful.

3. Jobs email alerts

We receive a high volume of applications at Lambeth and competition for jobs is strong. If you are not successful the first time, please do consider trying again.

Keep an eye on our website or register your details to receive email notifications of vacancies that may interest you.

4. Living Wage Employer

Lambeth Council is a Living Wage Employer. Find out more about the Living Wage scheme.