Working at the Gallery

We are delighted you are considering applying for a job at the National Gallery. We hope the information in this section will encourage you to apply.

At the moment the Gallery has about 600 employees ranging from security staff, curators and art handlers to conservators and finance staff, and from fund raisers and front of house staff to education, exhibition and design experts.

Our visitors come from many different backgrounds and we think the Gallery can only benefit from having staff who are equally diverse. We work hard to recognise, support and develop our staff and believe that everyone who works here should be treated with the same level of respect regardless of their background. We are genuinely committed to equality of opportunity and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

All staff are based in central London. Depending on the work they do, some are located in the Gallery itself on the north side of Trafalgar Square. Others are in refurbished open-plan offices behind the Gallery's Sainsbury Wing.

Where does the Gallery advertise vacancies?

National Gallery vacancies are posted in the jobs section of the Gallery’s website and those advertisements could also appear on www.nationalmuseumjobs.org.uk [external website] or in the national press and specialist publications.

I would like a career in a gallery or museum - how could I find out what type of experience and qualifications I would need?

Jobs in museums and galleries are wide ranging and each could require different qualifications, experience and skills. The Museums Association has some advice for those interested in a career in the sector. 

Find out more on the Museums Association website [external link]   

Could I work as a volunteer or undertake work experience at the National Gallery?

Unfortunately, as the Gallery is a comparatively small organisation we lack the space and other facilities to offer voluntary work, and only very rarely have any opportunities for work experience.

Can I send my curriculum vitae to the National Gallery speculatively?

Rather than send the Gallery your CV in this way, we would suggest that you regularly check the current vacancies posted on our website and apply specifically for any that you think would be suitable.

If I am not a United Kingdom or European Economic Area national could I still work at the National Gallery?

This would depend on the type of current visa you have in your passport and the post you are applying for.

Work permits for skilled jobs are not issued to individuals; an application for a work permit can only be made by a United Kingdom Border Agency-licensed employer in the UK, who has a specific skilled job to offer a named person. The National Gallery currently holds a United Kingdom Border Agency licence.

The United Kingdom Border Agency considers applications under the points-based system. Points are awarded for the level of qualifications required, prospective earnings and areas in which there is a particular skills shortage in the UK. The United Kingdom Border Agency also needs to be satisfied that a vacancy could not be filled by a UK or European Economic Area national. In addition, under the points based system, two statutory requirements must be met – a certain level of English language skills and the ability to maintain yourself financially when you first arrive in the UK.

What are the pay bands for jobs at the National Gallery?

There are 10 pay bands at the Gallery, not including the Director:

Bands 1-2
Directors and Senior Heads of Departments

Bands 3-4
Heads of Departments and Senior Specialists

Bands 5-6
Specialists and Middle Managers

Bands 7-9
Support Staff and Junior Managers

Band 10
Gallery Assistants and Security Staff

The pay bands for the tax year 2013/14 are as follows:

 

Band Range
1 £59,381 – £74,405
2 £53,141 – £66,586
3 £43,461 – £54,458
4 £34,272 – £42,944
5 £28,492 – £35,700
6 £24,619 – £30,846
7 £21,085 – £26,043
8 £18,975 – £23,024
9 £16,684 – £20,767
10 £15,468 – £17,648

 

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