People Working

Working for the British Council offers you a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in international cultural relations.

You will be part of a modern, rapidly changing organisation with worldwide influence and impact. Our jobs offer you a scope for versatility, initiative and creativity in a stimulating and supportive environment.

You will be encouraged to pursue your personal and professional development via training, on-the-job-coaching and individual study.


As part of our response to Covid-19, the British Council has decided to put the majority of our recruitment on hold for the foreseeable future. 
This means that we will not be taking your application forward at this time. As a global organisation operating in many locations, we are impacted in different ways by the current situation. We will be constantly monitoring our operations, and will re-start recruitment when we are able to do so.
For certain existing vacancies we may contact you if there is a decision to proceed after our review.  However in most cases vacancies will be cancelled and new jobs posted.

On 30 March 2020, we are updating our recruitment system, so we encourage you to visit and register for job alerts. 
Thank you for your interest in the British Council and your understanding at this time.


In line with our values, every staff member of the British Council is required to display the following behaviours:

  • Creating shared purpose
  • Connecting with others
  • Working together
  • Being accountable
  • Making it happen
  • Shaping the future

Consult our overview of behavioural competencies (PDF 260KB).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We value diversity and inclusion, as is reflected in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Please consult our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion page for further information.

Privacy policy

The British Council is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of personal information and undertakes not to divulge any of the applicants’ personal information to any third party without the prior consent of the applicant. Please see our Privacy and terms for details.