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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 an automatic enrolment 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)
  • Discount on drink and food in the café bar.
  • Access to the discounted staff menu.
  • Discount on selected Creative Engagement activities and workshops.

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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, 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.Essex Family Friendly Employer 1

We’ve been accredited as a Family Friendly Employer by Essex County Council. We promote a positive culture and attitude towards different ways of working. The Mercury have family friendly policies and practices enabling parents and carers to thrive in the workplace. To find out more click here.

Open Vacancies

Kitchen Apprentice

The Mercury is a great night out. We produce and present entertaining, thought-provoking, funny and lively theatre. We are a launchpad for talent and innovation.

We have a 529 seat theatre, a 98 seat studio theatre, on-site workshop and wardrobe facilities, rehearsal rooms and creative learning studios, and a fully renovated café bar and foyer.

The Mercury is a significant local employer. We recently won Colchester Business Awards’ Business of the Year. We play a key leadership and strategic role in the cultural life in Essex and the wider area of East Anglia. It is the only full-time producing venue in Essex.

Working at the Mercury as Kitchen Apprentice, you’ll be in a warm and friendly creative environment that will equip you to work in a variety of customer hospitality roles including: café bars, restaurants and coffee shops. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have a clear understanding of what food preparation and good customer service is, and how it can be applied to hospitality, retail and event environments.

If you are enthusiastic, cheerful and have a passion for food, we want to hear form you!

Applications close on Monday 10th June 2024

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