Jobs and careers
Benefits and perks
We offer a wide range of benefits to our employees and detailed below are just some of the amazing things you can access, in most cases, from day 1 of your employment. Our primary aim is to support your wellbeing as well as providing value for money perks for you and your family.
Since October 2019 our pay structure, through a collective agreement with Trade Unions, is under local pay arrangements, enabling us to future proof our pay. Our annual salary review, which takes place in April, will ensure salaries remain competitive.
All employees receive the same leave entitlement of 28 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays and 2 additional statutory days. Currently the 2 statutory days facilitate the office closure over the Christmas and New Year period.
Our Ways of Working allows our employees the freedom to manage their work and their working hours. For most roles, subject to service requirements, you choose when and where to work, leaving you with time to take care of things that matter to you.
Training and development
We have an extensive learning and development programme called The Learning Tree. All employees can access training regardless of their specific job role. We actively encourage our employees to develop their skills and encourage continuous learning to help shape their future.
Collaborative work spaces
Our ways of working are now designed for remote working, however if you need to work collaboratively or for personal wellbeing, need to work in an office based environment, our buildings have been transformed into modern, high specification work spaces, with bookable desks, bookable parking and wellbeing space built in.
Perkbox – EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
We offer our employees access to a fantastic online employee assistance programme full of benefits, wellbeing advice and assistance, feedback options and rewards and recognition as part of our total reward package.
Discounted gym and swim membership
We have 4 leisure centres across the district, run by our partners Places Leisure, and discounted membership rates are available for individuals and their families.
Buying and selling annual leave
As part of our continued commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of our employees, this scheme allows employees to buy or sell additional holiday entitlement. It is offered through a salary sacrifice plan by making deductions from your salary before tax and National Insurance contributions.
LGPS pension scheme
You will become part of the Local Government Pension scheme which offers a career average pension on retirement. The LGPS scheme is one of the most generous schemes in the UK and some of the benefits include:
- A secured future income. You have the option when you draw your pension to exchange part of it for a tax free lump sum
- Flexible retirement from the age of 55 where you can draw part of all of th benefits you have accumulated helping you to ease into retirement. You have the freedom to choose when you draw your pension (between the age of 55 and 75)
- Death in Service benefit of 3x salary rate
Green car salary sacrifice scheme
A salary sacrifice arrangement means you agree to give up the right to receive part of your gross salary in exchange for a brand-new car. The salary sacrificed is deducted before income tax and National Insurance resulting in tax savings on the benefit.
This scheme enables employees to have a new low emission car of their choice which is fully maintained and insured. In addition to having a new low emission car. The car is a company car for tax purposes and only cars with the lowest income tax charge have been included in the car scheme.
We support our employees cycling to work and offer a full bike package to eligible employees. In addition to the HMRC approved cycle rate payment which is not subject to tax and National Insurance.