West Berkshire Council

Benefits of Working For Us


 

Annual leave

We offer a generous annual leave allowance, starting from 26 days and rising to a maximum of 34 days, depending on how long you've worked for us and the grade of your job.  All employees are entitled to paid public holidays in addition to their annual leave.

We can also offer additional paid leave to employees who do unpaid work within the community, such as acting as a school governor. 

Mobile and flexible working

The basic working week is 37 hours. Most jobs are covered by our flexitime scheme which allows employees to vary their daily hours within certain time bands, and to build up time to take as additional leave, subject to operational needs.

We're proud of our Mobile and Flexible Working policy.  It means that people working in suitable jobs are provided with the technology to work from a range of locations (including home) as well as their main office base. This helps improve their work-life balance, free up more time to spend with customers, and reduce travelling time and costs. How this works is discretionary depending on the needs of your team and service.

Salary

Each job has a pay band (a range of pay points). New employees will normally start at the minimum of the band, unless their qualifications or experience warrant a higher starting point. On 1 April each year employees receive a pay increment until they reach the top of the pay band, subject to satisfactory job performance. A separate cost of living award is made as well, normally on an annual basis.

Salaries are paid monthly by bank credit transfer on the last working day of each month.

Pension scheme

We offer membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme or the Teachers' Pension Scheme to our employees, as appropriate. These are contributory pension schemes into which you pay a percentage of your salary whilst the council makes a significant additional contribution. Both offer excellent benefits at retirement, and a grant for your family if you die in service. Membership is automatic, but you can choose to opt out of the scheme.

Relocation scheme

A relocation package is available in certain circumstances. If a job you're interested in includes a relocation package, we'll mention it in the advertisement and at the interview.

Parental leave and pay

We offer occupational maternity/adoption pay for up to 18 weeks, in addition to statutory parental leave and payments which can be shared between parents if they wish. Fathers or partners can take up to two weeks paid paternity leave and we also ensure that employees are able take statutory unpaid parental leave on request.

Our Right to Request Flexible Working policy means that we are open to requests to work part time, where this can be accommodated, to help you with caring responsibilities. 

Childcare voucher scheme

We offer employees the opportunity to purchase childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme, in partnership with Fideliti, to help you save money on your childcare costs. 

Car allowances and loans

Employees who are deemed 'essential car users' receive a monthly allowance in addition to a mileage allowance for their travel. They have access to car loans from the council, and to free car parking in central Newbury if they work at one of our central offices. 

Learning and development

We take the development of our employees seriously and offer a range of training opportunities in-house, both in the classroom and through on-line learning. In appropriate jobs, we'll pay for professional development and qualification courses, including day-release where you need it to complete training. Our managers have access to Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) diploma courses run in-house. We're also particularly proud of our record on appointing and training .

Health and wellbeing

We offer a range of services to support staff, including free health screenings and smoking cessation clinics, and access to confidential counselling where needed. We pay sick pay, based on length of service, to help support employees when they are not well enough to work. Frontline workers are also offered flu vaccinations in the autumn.

Staff discounts

Staff are able to pay a discounted rate at some local leisure centres. Local retailers are keen to have the business of council employees, and they offer discounts at a wide range of outlets, including restaurants, garages, dry cleaners and hair dressers, among others.