Changes due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we're following government advice and this may result in interviews being held via telephone or video call.

Interviews for some vacancies may also be put on hold. All applicants will be notified of this, will still be considered, and interviews held when it's appropriate to do so. Your application is very important to us and we appreciate your patience.

Why choose us?

We're an award-winning council serving around 227,000 people in South Yorkshire. Working together, we aim to make Barnsley a better place for everyone who lives in the borough. 

We're a lean council, with a shared vision, a renewed sense of direction and a collaborative, people-first culture. We call it Future Council, and it's already producing results: higher-performing schools, increased investment, more local jobs and a revitalised town centre. It’s a bold strategy - one we’re all committed to – whatever our individual profession. You can take a look at our vision and values and read our quarterly performance report. We’re working as a council to make Barnsley a great place to live, work, invest and visit through Town Spirit.

Our recruitment service standards tell you want you can expect when you apply for a job with us.

Pride of place - our people

Many diverse talents, backgrounds, personalities and cultures come together to make Barnsley a great place to live, work and visit; from teachers and carers, to surveyors, accountants, HR specialists, refuse collectors and gardeners. The variety of roles on offer is immense and so is the difference each one of us makes to the communities we serve.

Together, we’re constantly refocusing and refining the services we offer; empowering the communities we serve in a challenging, changing environment. We’re building a thriving, vibrant economy while developing as an organisation that prioritises learning and enables people to reach their potential.

Living and working in Barnsley

Find out more about our town and what we've got to offer.

Working for us

Check out what we're trying to achieve and whether you want to be a part of it.

Equality and diversity

As an equal opportunity employer, our workforce reflects the diversity of our population.

Help to find a job

Useful advice to help you get into employment.

Help with your application

Make a good first impression - read our tips on filling in your application.

Interview tips

First impressions count - read about the interview process and how to prepare.


Do you want to work and gain a qualification at the same time?

Work placements

Find out about our work placement opportunities for 14 to 18 year olds.

Volunteering with us

There's lots of ways you can volunteer with us - find out how to search opportunities here.


If you work for Barnsley Council, you'll be contributing to our vision and values to work together for a brighter future, a better Barnsley.  

Rewarding our people for the valuable work they do helps us attract and retain the very best talent. Check out our Just4YOU quick reference guide to see the employee rewards you'll benefit from if you choose to work for us. 

What our employees think

  • The people here really care about doing their best for Barnsley. We’re always looking for ways to improve – but not for profit. The services we deliver are about helping people to live healthy, happy lives.
    Anna (Scrutiny Officer)
  • I get along with everyone on the team and we have a good sense of humour. Plus, it makes me feel good to know that I have made someone happy by cleaning up their garden or property. I feel very proud knowing I help the general public.
    Matthew (Neighbourhood Pride Apprentice)
  • Every day is different; fast paced and filled with new challenges and changing processes. I’ve worked here for seven years and the council seems like a different organisation – we have strong leaders, clear direction and engaged people.
    Natalie (Assistant Commercial Services Manager)
  • I enjoy the variety of my work. My role is forever evolving as the council improves. I also feel like I have a direct impact, in how we adapt the service and on my local area. I like having flexi time too and, having commuted for many years, I love working locally.
    Victoria (Contracts and Data Officer)

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