Kew, Richmond





Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time



FOI Researcher

Domesday Book. Shakespeare’s will. Tweets from Downing Street. War time records. These are just some of the 11 million items held by The National Archives. With a collection like this – the largest in the world – it’s no surprise that we handle over five percent of all Freedom of Information (FOI) requests received by the Government. As an FOI Researcher, you’ll have a great opportunity to work with closed historical records and make decisions regarding their access. Join us and you’ll work in an organisation that offers great support and exceptional benefits.

About the role:

The majority of the FOI requests we receive are for closed historical information. The role of FOI Researcher requires an individual capable of managing a heavy workload with good decision making and communication skills to ensure The National Archives meets its legal obligations under FOI.
Working on a team with other FOI Researchers and Assessors, supported by FOI Team Managers, one of your key responsibilities will be to research closed records held by The National Archives in response to Freedom of Information requests, assess whether FOI exemptions apply and to make recommendations regarding the release of information. You will develop expert knowledge regarding the application of the FOI Act and related information rights legislation. In depth knowledge of specific records series held by The National Archives will enable you to produce guidelines regarding potential areas of sensitivity.

About you:

To join us, you must have a degree in history or related subject, or significant relevant experience. Ideally you will have knowledge of the FOI Act and related legislation. It’s equally important that you have the judgement to make key FOI and access decisions and the ability to escalate issues when required. Excellent team working skills, a flexible approach and a high standard of written and verbal communication are essential too. You’ll also need to demonstrate the ability to work well under pressure in order to manage casework and meet deadlines, whilst providing a professional service to the public and other government departments.


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