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Pay and benefits

We aim to offer our employees a very competitive pay and benefits package.

Pay

We have different pay scales for the various jobs we advertise. If you are employed, you will start at the bottom of your salary range and progress one point each year until you reach the top of the pay scale. Progression through the management pay scales (MM and above) is based on individual performance. You will progress one point up the scale each year based on your performance, until the maximum point of the grade is reached. 

Annual leave

We will offer you 24-32 days of holiday when you start, which will be based on the job pay scale. If you are still with us after four years, we will add extra days to your annual leave from your fifth year.

Completed years of continuous service from 31 March each year
Pay range 0-4 years over 5 years
Up to and including scale 4 24 days 29 days
Scales 5-6 25 days 30 days
SO1 and above 26 days 31 days
MM and Head of Service 29 days 31 days
Assistant Directors and Directors 29 days 32 days
Executive Directors 32 days 35 days

You will get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas. You may be able to take extended annual leave by transferring some of your leave entitlement from one year to the next.

Other leave

We also offer leave for:

  • dependency and adoption
  • maternity and maternity support
  • paternity

Benefits

Pension scheme

We offer an excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).  For more information on its range of benefits, refer to pensions or the LGPS guide.

Child care vouchers

We provide a childcare salary sacrifice scheme that can save you money on the cost of childcare. If you join this scheme, your gross salary will be reduced by the salary sacrifice amount. You will save money by not paying tax or National Insurance contributions on the amount that you have ‘sacrificed’. There is a limit on the amount you can sacrifice each month.

100 per cent interest free season ticket loan

We can offer you an interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.

Vehicle allowances

You will be able to claim mileage if you use your car for work-related activities. The rate for this mileage will depend on how many miles you do in a year. If you are on a MM2 or above salary grade, you can only claim for reimbursement of reasonable work-related expenses and the cost of travel incurred while travelling outside of the borough.

If you use your pedal cycle or motor cycle for business travel, you can claim a small allowance.

Tax free bikes for work

We can provide employees with new bikes and safety equipment on a tax-free basis. Safety equipment can include:

  • helmets
  • locks
  • panniers
  • reflective clothing

If you join the scheme, you can choose a new bike and safety equipment, up to the value of £1,000, from a local partner bike shop. You will need to agree to a reduction of your gross salary for a 12 month period to cover your hire costs.

Parking

We offer staff parking at a number of our sites, including free parking for Blue Badge holders. You can choose to pay for your parking via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Working life balance - flexible employment

We operate flexible working hours to carry out duties during a wide range of hours. This is subject to the business needs of each individual service. You may also vary your working hours (subject to approval) to suit personal circumstances and accrue time off if you work extra hours in many of the roles.

We also offer a variety of flexible working arrangements, enabling eligible employees to apply to change the way they work to:

  • part-time
  • job sharing
  • compressed working hours (this allows you to work your total weekly hours over fewer working days)
  • home-working
  • staggered hours (this allows you to start and finish your day at different times)
  • term-time only (some of our posts can accommodate term-time only working patterns)

Career development - your learning experiences

We provide a range of training courses and learning methods for your development. For more information, visit training and development. We may fund you for studying specific qualifications to help you do your job.

Retaining talent

We have created an environment to give employees the opportunity to achieve their ambitions without leaving us.

Long service award

We recognise loyalty, dedication and hard work and regularly celebrate the contribution made by those who have completed 25 years of service.

Health and leisure

We have negotiated discounts with various organisations to enable you to make choices about your health and lifestyle.

Employee Assistance Programme - advice and counselling service

We have an Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family household. We can help with:

  • financial advice (queries regarding mortgage or debt management)
  • general information and citizens' advice services (consumer issues, tax)
  • legal advice (advice on property or tenancy issues, wills)
  • telephone and face to face counselling

Terms and conditions of employment

If you are successful in your application, we will write to you with terms and conditions of your employment.