Applying for Jobs with Us

  • Cardiff Council recognises the critical role that recruitment plays in its commitment to the Welsh Language and in pursuit of this, our recruitment process welcomes applications in either Welsh or English,with advertisements and supporting documents being available in both languages.


    The quickest and easiest way to apply for a job with Cardiff Council is on-line. To apply on-line, simply click on ‘Apply Now’ on the top and bottom right hand side on the job advertisement and the application form will be displayed.


    All adverts on our career site close at 11.59 pm on the specified closing date. Please pay particular attention to the date that the advert closes, as on-line applications cannot be submitted once the closing time has passed. In addition, once a job has closed, job descriptions and person specifications will no longer be available on the site and in view of this it is advisable to save a copy to your local drive.


    In exceptional circumstances, if it is not possible for you to apply on-line, you may request an application pack by telephoning (029) 20872222 and quoting the job reference.


    If you require help in completing your application, please contact the Council’s Into Work Service, who are able to provide free help for any Cardiff resident looking for work or to up skill in their current job.Please Telephone (029) 20871071 or use the following link to contact them:-


  • Completing your Application

    The information you provide in your application must be accurate. If you conceal or misrepresent relevant information at any stage during the recruitment process, your application may be disqualified.


    Supporting Information Section


    The supporting information section is the most important part of your application form as the decision on whether to shortlist you for interview is mainly based on the information you provide here. When drafting this section, please pay particular attention to the person specification, as it lists all of the essential and desirable criteria, together with the behavioural competencies, which you need to evidence. You must ensure that you address all of this in your application form in order to be shortlisted for interview. In order to help you please refer to the Behavioural Competence Framework which is available on our website by clicking the link below. Also available is our Application Guidance document, which provides more information on how to structure the evidence you provide against the competencies.

    The supporting information section should not include your CV or personal information such as name, address, email address etc.




    When completing your application you will be asked to provide the name and contact details of two referees, one of which must be your current or last employer. If you have not been employed before, we will require a character referee such as a college tutor, teacher or someone other than a relative, who can comment on your suitability. Referees will not be contacted until after a verbal offer of employment has been made.


    Criminal Convictions


    The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 sets out that when applying for jobs you do not need to disclose any criminal convictions you may have which are “spent”. Some jobs however are exempt from the provisions of this act, which means that you must state on the application form all criminal convictions, cautions and reprimands etc. you have, regardless of whether they are spent or not. The application form will clearly state what you need to disclose.


    Declaration of Interests


    When applying for a job with the Council you will be asked to disclose any relationship you have with an elected member or senior officer of the Council. Additionally you will be required to declare whether you are,or have been an elected member of the Council in the last twelve months and whether you have any business or other interests, which would cause real or observed conflict with the duties and responsibilities of the post you are applying for.

  • Shortlisting

    Anonymous Recruitment


    The Council embraces equality and diversity. In order to ensure that shortlisting decisions are free from bias, all candidate identification details in our application forms are only visible to recruiting managers once they have completed the shortlisting stage. In view of this, any communication you receive up to that stage in the process will be addressed to you as ‘applicant’ rather than by name. Should you wish to raise a query in respect of your application, prior to the point at which the shortlist has been drawn up you will need to quote your candidate ID number which is included in the e-mail you will have received acknowledging your application.


    Candidates with a disability


    Cardiff Council is an accredited Disability Confident employer and actively promotes its commitment to good disability employment practice. As part of this commitment, applicants with a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the role, will be offered an interview and will be asked prior to attending whether they require any reasonable adjustments to allow them to participate in the process. 

  • Offers of Employment

    If you are successful at interview there are a number of pre-employment checks which may be required, depending on the post you are being recruited to and whether you are currently employed by Cardiff Council. Pre-employment checks are as follows:-


    Occupational Health Check.

    Right to Work Check

    Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate

    Education Workforce Council Registration

    Social Care Wales Registration


    Further information relating to the pre-employment checks applicable to your offer of employment will be included in your conditional offer pack.

  • Data Sharing


    The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018


    Cardiff Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and as such it may use the information you have provided on your application form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing and administering public funds for these purposes.


    For further information, please see our Fair Processing Notice Condensed text at:



    and Cardiff Council’s Privacy Notice at:



    For further information, please also refer to the Fair Processing Notice Full text on the Wales Audit Office website:



    or contact the Data Protection Officer at:


    County Hall


    CF10 4UW

    Telephone:(029)2087 2087

  • Policy

    For a full copy of the Council’s Recruitment and Selection Policy please e-mail or Telephone (029) 20872222  

  • Associated supporting documents available on our Jobs Website


    Behavioural Competency Framework

    Application Guidance

    Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

    Employee Charter


    The information contained in this document does not apply to schools based jobs,for which a separate process applies.