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Employee terms, conditions and benefits

If you are thinking of applying for a job with us here are some on the terms, conditions and benefits of working for the Council.

Standard working week

Our standard working week is 37 hours and our normal office hours are:

Day Hours
Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm
Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm

Flexitime scheme

We are committed, wherever possible, to providing employees with a degree of flexibility in their working hours to enable them to balance their working life with their domestic circumstances. The Flexible Working Hours Scheme aims to provide this flexibility by allowing a choice in the start and finish times, whilst at the same time offering the Council the flexibility to manage fluctuations in workloads.

The current scheme entitles employees to one full day or two half days of flexitime can be taken each month (pro rata).

The scheme is open to all employee, subject to the demands of the department within which the employee works. The scheme operates on a pro rata basis for part-time employees.

Requests for flexible working

We extend the right to request flexible working beyond those categories of staff who have a legal entitlement. So that any employee can make a request to vary their contract of employment in order to work more flexibly.

Annual leave

In addition to the public bank holidays employees also receive 2 extra statutory days and 1 local days. Leave entitlement varies according to the level of continuous service pro rata at 1 April. In the case of part-time working, this will be pro rata.

Period of Continuous Service Annual Leave Entitlement (days)
0 to 4 years 21
5 to 9 years 26
10+ years 29

The leave period shall be from 1 April to 31 March. Officer's starting/leaving during the leave year are entitled to the appropriate proportionate amount of leave. Our offices are closed between Christmas and New Year and one day of staffs' leave entitlement is used to enable this to happen.

Pension arrangements

All eligible employees are automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). If employees do not meet the criteria to be automatically enrolled they may still elect to join the scheme. Contributions to the scheme are made by both the employee and the Council. Information about the LGPS including details of the criteria and full guidance on the scheme can be found at www.yourpensionservice.org.uk. A contracting out certificate is in force for the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Sick pay

If you are ill this includes an injury or other disability we will pay you a sickness allowance. The amount you receive depends on the your service, less certain benefits payable under the National Health Insurance Scheme see the scale below:

Service Full Pay Half Pay
1st year (after 4 months service) 1 month 2 months'
2nd year 2 months 2 months
3rd year 4 months 4 months
4th/5th year 5 months 5 months
After 5 years 6 months 6 months

Parking

All employees are eligible to receive a parking permit which allows them to park in one of the Council's car parks free of charge during working hours.

Eye tests

We provide all display screen users with a free eye test on request. We have a corporate eye care scheme which includes the eye test and a pair of glasses if required solely for display screen use.

Occupational health

Our occupational health services including access to personal counselling.

Relocation package

We provide assistance in appropriate cases towards the cost incurred on relocation up to maximum sum of £5,125.

The assistance is available to newly appointed staff and their household, who as a result of their appointment may find it necessary to move house.