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, customer-first culture. We strive to 'Be Even Better', and this focuses on our staff working together as our ambition to be an even better council never stops. As we're looking forward and move into a new phase of our organisation’s improvement journey, we’re working to our 2021 to 2024 priorities which has been created by our communities, residents, businesses and employees through the Barnsley 2030 work. Our priorities are:

  • Healthy Barnsley
  • Learning Barnsley
  • Growing Barnsley
  • Sustainable Barnsley
  • Enabling Barnsley is our underlying priority to ensure that our council is modern, inclusive, efficient, productive and high-performing.

Take a look at our Council Plan for more information on Be Even Better and our Barnsley 2030 strategy.

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 make Barnsley the place of possibilities.

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)

Proud to Care

Find out about working in Barnsley's invaluable care sector, and start a rewarding career you can be proud of.

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Recruitment advertising

We offer high quality, flexible recruitment advertising packages at competitive rates.

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Disclosure and Barring Service

We provide a fast online service for DBS checks and offer advice, support and training in all aspects of the DBS process.

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Human Resources

We provide a modern, proactive HR service to schools and academies, with significant knowledge and expertise in the education sector.

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