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Our Council and the benefits of working with us

We want you to picture yourself working here, making a difference to the residents we are so proud to serve.   We also want you to share the pride we have in our heritage and the excitement we have about our future.

Top performing and ambitious

We provide more than 800 different services to people who live, work and study in the borough. The Council is officially rated as one of the top councils in the country. The Audit Commission, which checks local government performance, gave us the top rating in 2009. We are one of only 25 councils to keep this top rating since 2002. Find out more about the Council.

We are the second largest employer in our Borough with 2300 employees across a range of very diverse services.

We have six priorities and every person we employ contributes directly to one or more of them:

  1. Creating more jobs and supporting business growth
  2. Improving housing quality and building more houses
  3. Improving health and well-being
  4. Improving outcomes for our young people – education and skills
  5. Supporting and helping the most vulnerable people
  6. Making your money go further – supporting households in difficult financial times through efficient and effective use of council tax.

Benefits to our employees

Employees are at the heart of our organisation. We know we cannot deliver our services and achieve the results we do without hard working, enthusiastic and happy employees. That is why we strive to ensure everyone, regardless of personal circumstances, is treated fairly, equally and have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Flexitime

In most cases, flexible working hours will make it possible to vary start and finish times to balance work and home life.  Contractually we pay 37 hours per week and the commitment of our social work teams is always to get the job done!

Childcare vouchers

We take part in a childcare voucher scheme which saves parents money and support with finding childcare.

Local Government Pension Scheme.

We offer a final salary pension scheme to all employees.

Staff discount scheme

Employees are able to receive staff discount in local shops and cafes just by flashing their ID badges.

Free sports

Access to free sports including swimming and exercise classes (under the re:fresh scheme)

Cycle to Work Scheme

The cycle to work initiative enables employers to lease bicycles and associated safety equipment to their employees through what’s called salary sacrifice. This means that employees receive income tax and National Insurance savings on the value of the salary sacrifice which will depend upon employees marginal income tax and National Insurance rates.

Car Benefit Scheme

The car benefit scheme is designed to allow employees to drive a car of their choice at a competitive price, complete with insurance, servicing, tax, breakdown cover and tyres. The only extra thing you need to pay for is the fuel.

Reduced monthly gym membership

Join our corporate gym membership scheme across all our Leisure Centres from just £15 a month

Health & Wellbeing Support (inc. Employee Assistance Programme)

The Wellbeing service is a single point of access to a variety of services and organisations that provide support and guidance on a wide range of issues that we know impacts on health and wellbeing – including healthy lifestyle advice, training, money management and one to one support.

Self Service for Employees

There is no need to fill in a mountain of paperwork just use your smart phone/laptop technology to claim any expenses, car mileage, additional hours.

Support and Development

Regular supervision, annual appraisal and a comprehensive programme of Continuing Professional Development linked to Personal Development Plans

In addition to formal training programmes, all social workers have access to research and e-learning for further personal and professional development

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