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Working at the Mercury

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation, parental or caring status, or age.

Where posts are graded at the National Minimum Wage of National Living Wage, we pay the highest amount of National Living Wage (intended for people aged 25+) irrespective of age.


  • We operate a stakeholder pension scheme
  • We offer an interest free season ticket loan
  • We encourage attendance at in house productions with an allocation of tickets for our team (subject to availability and our ticket policy)
  • Free membership to SmarterCard (subject to availability), which gives discounts in a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure outlets around Colchester.

We are proud to be a Forces Friendly employer. We are currently the only theatre in the country to be recognised on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We have held our silver award since 2016 and work hard to support, nurture and value the large garrison community we have in our town. We pride ourselves on flexible working, supporting working parents and their family’s changing situations, and nurturing talent in individuals from all backgrounds and experience.

We are also a strategic partner with PiPA (Parents in Performing Arts), who campaign to enable and empower parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitude and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. We are always happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their caring responsibilities with their working lives, for example through job shares or flexible working arrangements.





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Current Vacancies

Line Chef

Are you looking for an exciting short term contract? We’re seeking a creative and experienced Line Chef to join the Mercury’s award winning team for 6 months.

​As one of our Line Chefs, you must demonstrate culinary skill, have great taste, and be passionate about delivering exciting food for our audiences and visitors.

You will share responsibility for the overall kitchen operation, including stock control, food quality and hygiene standards, alongside supporting the creation of our seasonal menus available in our new café bar.

Do you have previous experience in preparing and serving fresh, high quality, locally sourced food in a fast-paced environment and a creative approach to menus, ensuring that tasty dishes are served quickly, while understanding margins, costing and stock control?

If you have the ability to successfully handle the multiple demands on the kitchen, from pre-theatre snacks and cake after class, to conferences, and pre-theatre dining – we want to hear from you!

Download the candidate pack here and apply via the People HR link. Submit your application by 10:00am on Monday, 23rd May 2022.





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