Welsh Language Commissioner

Body: Welsh Language Commissioner
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Education
Location: Flexible. For information, the majority of the Commissioner’s staff are based in the Cardiff and Caernarfon offices
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post will attract a salary of circa £95,000. The salary is subject to tax and national insurance and is pensionable.
Time Requirements: 5 days a week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    17/06/2022 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (“the Measure”) confirmed the official status of the Welsh language in Wales, created a new regulatory system of Welsh
language standards, and created the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner (“the Commissioner”). The appointment of the Commissioner is made by the First

The term of office of the Commissioner is 7 years and is non-renewable.

Key areas of responsibility:

(i) Promoting and facilitating the increase of Welsh language services, and other opportunities to use Welsh

(ii) To work towards ensuring that the Welsh language is treated no less favourably than the English language and that persons in Wales should be able to live their lives through the medium of the Welsh language if they choose to do so

(iii) To encourage best practice and to offer assistance to bodies in relation to mainstreaming the Welsh language in policy development, with the aim of increasing the use of Welsh, increasing opportunities for persons to use the language, and ensuring that Welsh is not treated less favourably than English

(iv) To be responsible for regulating the Welsh Language standards system.
Approximately 120 bodies are currently required to comply with standards.

This work includes:

 Give compliance notices to bodies that come under standards, and consult on a draft version of a notice

 monitoring the performance of bodies in accordance with the duties imposed on them and keep under review compliance notices, varying and revoking them as appropriate

 issue codes of practice for the purpose of providing practical guidance to bodies with respect to the requirements of standards

 determine on applications for the Commissioner to decide whether the requirement to comply with the relevant standards is unreasonable or disproportionate

 publish decision notices following investigations into complaints of non-compliance with relevant standards, in accordance with the enforcement policy

 deal with complainants, service providers, the Welsh Language Tribunal and any other parties involved in any appeals procedure

 create and maintain a register of enforcement action detailing all investigations, outcomes and any appeals to the Welsh Language Tribunal

(v) Following an application by an individual, consider investigating cases where there is an alleged attempt to interfere with the freedom of Welsh speakers to use the language with one another, and determine on cases which are investigated

(vi) To keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of the law relating to the Welsh language and to advise Welsh Ministers on any changes that may be required

(vii) To work collaboratively with the Public Services Ombudsman Wales and other ombudsmen and commissioners as appropriate

(viii) To contribute to the process of appointing an Advisory Panel and to consult with the Panel in exercising his or her duties

(ix) To produce a 5-year report focusing on the position of the Welsh language over that period. A copy of the report must be laid before the Senedd

(x) To produce an annual report including, amongst other matters, a summary of the action taken in the exercise of the Commissioner’s functions and his/her proposals for a work programme for the following year. A copy of the annual report must be laid before the Senedd

(xi) To conduct and commission research into the Welsh language

(xii) To play an active role in the international network of language commissioners, and to share best practice and implement best practice from other countries where appropriate

(xiii) To make recommendations or representations, or give advice, to any person including the Welsh Ministers in connection with any of his or her functions.

(xiv) To lead and manage the Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner and appoint a Deputy Welsh Language Commissioner

(xv) To act as Accounting Officer and be responsible for ensuring the efficient financial management of the Commissioner’s Office and preparing accounts of expenditure and estimates of income and expenses as required. The Commissioner will be responsible for an annual budget of around £3million

(xvi) To create and maintain a register of interests of each relevant office holder.

Person Specification

Essential requirements

The person we are looking for will be able to demonstrate the following key skills and knowledge:

 Proven leadership qualities

 Experience of organisational design and development

 Knowledge of Welsh language policy issues; an understanding of the issues facing Welsh speakers and learners; and a commitment to increasing the use of Welsh.

 Excellent interpersonal skills in Welsh and English and the ability to work effectively through the medium of Welsh in all kinds of situations including working with a wide range of people such as Ministers, senior representatives of both private and public bodies, and engaging with members of the public.

 Experience of dealing and talking with the press and media

 Credibility at a level which will command the confidence and respect of the Welsh Government, Senedd Members, local government, public, private and third sector organisations and the public

 Proven ability to work effectively in partnership with stakeholders and external bodies to resolve difficult issues satisfactorily

 Strong financial and people management and governance experience

 A clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.

Welsh Language

Welsh language skills are essential.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner please contact Alan Jones:
Email: alan.jones4@gov.wales
If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please email publicappointments@gov.wales.
For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments

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