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Frequently asked questions

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

Find out more on the Museums Association website.

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.

We occasionally recruit casual workers. Details are posted on our jobs page, so please check back regularly.

Wages are determined by assignment and are paid in line with the London Living Wage.

If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview, and if you are successful at the interview stage, you will be offered a casual contract subject to passing our security screening process.

Rather than send the Gallery your CV in this way, we would suggest that you register for job alerts on our online recruitment system and apply specifically for any that you think would be suitable.

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

Certificates of Sponsorship for skilled jobs are not issued to individuals; an application for a Certificate of Sponsorship can only be made by a United Kingdom Home Office-licensed employer in the UK, who has a specific skilled job to offer a named person. The National Gallery currently holds a United Kingdom Home Office licence.

The United Kingdom Home Office considers visa applications from individuals with a job offer 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. 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.

This information correct as at September 2023 and is kept under review.

The National Gallery undertakes to treat all applicants fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against anyone who is the subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.

Read our recruitment of offenders and ex-offenders policy.

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