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Conditions of Service and Benefits

To help attract, motivate and retain staff we have in place conditions of service and benefits that recognise the importance we place on our people:

  • Competitive salary with incremental rises each year until the top of the salary grade is reached.  Appointments will be made at the first point of the advertised grade unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Nationally agreed cost of living awards. Salaries are paid on the 27th day of each month.   
  • Unless otherwise stated the standard working week is 37 hours.
  • Appointments are subject to a 6 month probationary period.
  • Minimum of 26 days annual leave, rising to 31 days after 5 years local government service. This is exclusive of bank holidays.
  • Occupational sick pay scheme - up to 6 months’ full pay and 6 months’ half pay after 5 years local government service.
  • Contributory final average salary pension scheme (variable contribution rates).
  • Flexi-time Scheme – dependent on post.
  • Flexible working hours and patterns to help maintain work life balance.
  • Relocation Scheme (subject to meeting eligibility criteria).
  • Confidential counselling and welfare service.
  • Childcare voucher scheme.
  • Range of family friendly policies including generous maternity/paternity entitlements.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Season ticket rail loan scheme.
  • Financial assistance for career development.
  • Loans for car purchases (designated user posts only).
  • Smoke free buildings/sites.
  • Discounted parking whilst at work


Note – these are for posts covered by the NJC and Soulbury.