We want talented, collaborative and team orientated people to feel welcome and included at Oxford City Council - and that starts before you join us.

Our application process varies from role to role, but below are some stages you may find as part of your application.

We are an equal opportunities employer, so if you need any support or assistance at any point in the application process, please email recruitment@oxford.gov.uk We will be very happy to make any reasonable adjustments you need.

Your application processes

All our vacancies are advertised online:

View and apply for job vacancies

We ask you to register on our recruitment system to check the progress of an application and make multiple applications.

If you don’t see a role that matches what you’re looking for right now, please join our talent pool by emailing recruitment@oxford.gov.uk and we’ll notify you if anything suitable becomes available. Please keep checking our website, though, as new roles we won’t have recruited for will appear often, and they may be of interest.

Your application matters

Once you have submitted an application, we will let you know that we have received it.

When the role reaches its closing date, we will email you to let you know that we are reviewing your application against the role’s criteria.

We will also let you know if you have not been successful.

To arrange an interview we will send you a link for you to select a time that suits you.


We will invite you to interview with us - virtually in–person, depending on the circumstances. In your interview invitation, we’ll let you know who will be interviewing you and if there are any additional tasks for your interview such as planned or presentations or assessments Again, should you need any support with reasonable adjustments, please let us know.

Psychometric assessments

For some roles, we will ask you to complete psychometric assessments. These tools vary from role to role, but typically they are online questionnaires designed to learn more about your attributes and behaviours, measured against our organisational values. If you are asked to take part in this, we will provide you with more detailed information at the time.

Compliance and vetting

If you are successful in your application, we will carry out compliance and vetting before you join us. The checks we undertake will vary from role to role but will include right-to-work checks and references. We may also conduct a DBS check, driving license check or professional bodies verification. There are further checks specific to certain roles in Oxford City Council but we will let you know what these are as we support you through the process.

Guaranteed interviews

At Oxford City Council we are proud to operate guaranteed interview schemes under our commitment to disability confident.

We really hope that you have a positive experience with Oxford City Council. We wish you the very best of luck in your application.

Recommended reading before you apply

Leisure centre job vacancies

For job vacancies in our leisure centres, visit the Serco Leisure website.

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