Len Ironside, chief executive of the council, said: 'Aberdeen has lost out on a lot of money, particularly over the past four years, in terms of projects for social inclusion and development.
'We suffer because everyone thinks of Aberdeen as being an oil-rich area. However, if you are not well-off in a city where there is a lot of wealth, you suffering is 10 times worse.'
Mr Ironside said the fact that the council was seeking a lobbyist was no reflection on the abilities and persuasive powers of the Aberdeen-based MSPs.
Access to the lobby service would be provided by the council free of charge. Mr Ironside said: 'We felt incredibly remote from Westminster and we are determined not to feel the same about the new parliament.'