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As a clerk, a lot of factors inform your pay and working hours. See some examples of hours and pay from local authorities and read guidelines from our experts.

Setting working hours

There's no standard recommended number of hours a clerk is expected to work throughout the year, or of how many meetings a clerk should be expected to support.

Clerks' workloads vary greatly according to the individual contracts held with schools, and the needs of individual governing boards. 

Who decides the working hours?

Clerks in maintained schools are either employed by the individual school or by the local authority (LA). 

  • If you're employed by the LA, your working hours will be set out in the terms and conditions of service
  • If you're employed directly by the governing board, all governors have collective responsibility for your contract and working hours. Normally, this task is left to the chair or vice-chair though

Our experts, Keith Clover and Ray Harris, explained this. 

The tasks associated with a governing board or committee meeting should normally take 6-8 hours per meeting, according to Graeme Hornsby, our

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