IELTS On-Screen Marking Writing Examiners (KK20149976)
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APPLICATIONS – IELTS ON-SCREEN MARKING WRITING EXAMINERS (Germany, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal)

The Organisation


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.  We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

English and Examinations


Through our English and Exams work we aim to achieve more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide and offer access to professional qualifications.  Working with policymakers, government ministers, teachers and learners across the world we help millions of people to access English by supporting the teaching and learning of English in public education systems, and through self-access materials and courses. We teach learners and teachers of English face-to-face in dedicated teaching centres and online through a range of courses. Every year three million people take international exams with help from the British Council, gaining qualifications that can open doors at leading academic institutions and improve employment prospects.


IELTS On-Screen Marking (OSM) is strategically important to the Exams business plan and will transform the way the British Council delivers and manages IELTS.  We are offering existing IELTS Writing Examiners the chance to mark the written section on-screen remotely from home. This is a significant opportunity to become involved in an exciting and innovative approach to marking.


The British Council works in partnership with Comensura, who manage all our non-permanent workforce (NPW) requirements.  Comensura provides the payroll to NPWs through Carbon 60 and successful applicants will be hired and paid through Carbon60. Carbon60 can engage Examiners based outside the UK on a self-employed Consultant basis. Further details can be found in the British Council and Carbon60-Overseas Recruitment link.


Conditions of work

As an IELTS OSM Writing Examiner you should expect the following conditions of work:

Location: working from home (Germany, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal)

Contractual hours:


  • We are looking for a core team that can offer 1.5 – 3.5 days a week (3 weeks a month) from Monday – Thursday (following Saturday tests). Additional work on other days, including after Thursday tests, may be available.

Salary: starting payment is £1.75 per task. Examiners marking a full daily quota can expect to earn £175 (gross) per day.


  • Payments will be made in Pound Sterling; however, if your bank does not accept sterling you must advise Carbon60 before you start marking so this can be reviewed, and an alternative currency sought. Refer to the British Council and Carbon60 Overseas Recruitment link
  • Marking quota: you will be expected to complete an allocated quota of marking within a shift; the daily rate quoted above is based on a quota of 100 Tasks per full marking day.
  • Flexible working: online support will be provided from 7am to 7pm UK time Monday to Friday. You will, however, be able to start and finish work outside these hours and manage your time in the way that suits you best, taking regular breaks as and when you wish.
  • OSM Training will be provided by the British Council IELTS OSM team
  • Support will be provided to OSM Writing Examiners, in line with British Council standards, so we can help you to assess and manage your home-working space, including best practice on Health and Safety.

Required conditions for home-working are listed below:

  • A dedicated office-style working space that allows secure and uninterrupted working - a private space where your work cannot be accessed or observed by others
  • A desktop computer with two 17-inch marking screens (15” if laptop), or one large screen (minimum 26”). See also Mark Manager PC Technical Specifications link below.
  • Adobe Reader
  • A broadband internet connection with average speed 10mbps
  • Adequate heating, ventilation and light to ensure a safe and comfortable working environment
  • An appropriate Internet security/anti-virus package
  • Access to communication channels including email and telephone
  • All OSM Writing Examiners are required to adhere to the IELTS Code of Practice, Confidentiality Undertaking and PSN procedures for OSM Writing Examiners.

Skills and Experience:

The British Council is looking for suitably qualified, active and experienced IELTS Writing Examiners to join our team of IELTS On-Screen Writing Examiners.

You will need:

  • Active IELTS Examiner status for Writing (you must be active on the day you start marking)
  • Suitable IELTS Writing Examining experience
  • Suitable IELTS Writing certification and monitoring history
  • The required qualifications and professional attributes for the role

We will be recruiting on an on-going basis between October 2018 and March 2019.

To take advantage of this opportunity please email and include all the items listed below:

A completed application form 

  • Your IELTS Examiner number (in the body of the email as well as on the application form)
  • Your IELTS Examiner certification letter and PSN monitoring records (in pdf format)
  • Full contact details for your current test centre

Please note the following before applying:

  • The vetting process can take between 4-12 weeks
  • You will not be able to start marking until you have completed vetting
  • Training is remote and must be completed before commencing marking
  • You must fully meet the requirements set out by Carbon60 in the British Council and Carbon60-Overseas Recruitment link

Deadline for applications

If you would like to be considered for these initial vacancies, please apply before 23:59 UK time on 9th October 2018. Recruitment will remain open throughout the OSM roll out period, so we will continue to consider applications sent after this time for any further vacancies.


On-Screen Marking Examiner Application Form 2018
Mark Manager PC Technical Specifications
OSM Examiner FAQ’s
British Council Carbon 60


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.