West Berkshire Council

What's it Like to Work For Us?

Choosing to work for West Berkshire Council gives you the opportunity to work in your community and for your community. It can give you a real sense of achievement and the satisfaction that you're able to make a difference to local people.
Here's what our staff told us in our 2015 Staff Satisfaction Survey:

  • Over 70% feel a sense of personal achievement through their work
  • There's a great team ethic, with 86% saying that their colleagues co-operate well to get things done
  • Over two thirds say they are able to strike a good work-life balance
  • Most of our staff tell us they're proud to work for us

In a large, sometimes complex and fast-moving working environment, these are figures we're really proud of, and compare favourably to the best private sector workplaces

We employ around 1,500 staff across the organisation.  Most of these are based in Newbury, at our offices in Market Street or West Street. However, with so many different jobs we also have people who work out in the community, at one of our smaller satellite offices, in libraries or schools or even sharing space with some of our partners in other buildings. If you're interested in applying for a job we'll tell you where it's based in the job description.

Recognising our Successes

We hold an annual celebration event each June to recognise the achievements of individuals and teams that have made a difference. Staff can nominate their colleagues in a number of categories, including Apprentice of the Year, Colleague of the Year, Team of the Year and Outstanding Contribution of the Year. At this event, we also present awards (certificates and gift vouchers) to long-serving members of staff, and celebrate the achievements of those who have gained academic and professional qualifications during the year. Hosted by the Chief Executive and Councillors, it's a really enjoyable and positive way to celebrate the hard work that everyone puts in.

Equality and Diversity

We take equality and diversity seriously, and all our staff receive training in this area as part of their induction programme. Our recruitment and selection processes can be flexible to take account of any adjustments needed to allow individual applicants to take part.

We guarantee an interview to any applicant with a disability who meets the minimum skills, qualification and experience requirements for the job as part of the Disability Confident Scheme

We're told by our staff that we're good at respecting individual differences such as culture, background and working styles  - over 80% of respondents in our 2015 Staff Survey answered positively about this.