Our council has been excellent since 2004 and has continued to improve by offering high service levels, having good relationships with our partners and stakeholders and a willingness to change and look for new ways of working.
If you become an employee of Derby City Council, these are the benefits you can expect to receive.
- Green travel 2work – a salary sacrifice scheme to get annual bus passes and park & ride tickets, spreading the cost over 12 months, it is recovered from your gross salary giving you tax and national insurance savings
- Cycle2work scheme – this allows employees to get a brand new bike and spread the cost over 18 months, again the cost is recovered from your gross salary, giving you tax and national insurance savings
- Lifestyle – a discount scheme offering employees discounts on a huge range of goods and services
- Lifestyle extras – a further part to the Lifestyle scheme, a website where you earn cash-back when spending online with one of the 1500+ selected retailers
- Passport to leisure – Reduced charges and advanced bookings for a whole range of activities at Council sport centres.
- Employee assistance programme - We provide an independent telephone service that’s available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They offer professional counselling, information services and debt management. Access to the service is for all employees and their immediate family.
- Employee networks - We have three employee networks that offer help, advice and support in a friendly and safe environment. The networks help to remove barriers to employment and service delivery and help us to promote equality and diversity. We have networks for disabled employees, black employees and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
- Work-life balance scheme - many of our jobs are covered by our work-life balance scheme which allows employees to take additional time off, or work more or fewer hours during a working day. The conditions of our work-life balance scheme are dependent on the job you do.
- Childcare vouchers – We offer employees the chance to buy Busy Bees childcare vouchers. These are non taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions. You could save up to £1196 per parent per year towards the cost of your childcare. Eligible working parents with children under 16 years are entitled to childcare vouchers. They can be used to pay for day nurseries, childminders, before and after school clubs and even holiday clubs for school aged children. For more information, visit the Computer Voucher Services website
- We have schemes to cover paternity, maternity, adoption, and parental leave. In addition to this we have policies to cover bereavement and situations where you may need compassionate or urgent leave.
Most employee terms and conditions are made up of national collective agreements which are supplemented by local agreements made between the trade unions and the Council:
- Minimum of 20 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and statutory days – the minimum increases the more years’ local government service you have and is also linked to the grade of your job
- Work-life balance scheme - many of our jobs are covered by our work-life balance scheme which allows employees to take additional time off, or work more or fewer hours during a working day. The conditions of our work-life balance scheme are dependent on the job you do
- Final salary pension scheme – you will be able to join the local government pension scheme. It’s a contributory scheme and the rate you pay will depend on which salary band you fall into. For more information about the pension scheme visit the local government pension scheme website
- Occupational sickness absence scheme – entitlements to sick pay and leave are determined by your length of service
- Relocation and commuter scheme – this is limited to certain vacancies and eligibility criteria.
- Pay – pay awards and increases are decided through national collective agreements. Annual increases are generally paid on 1 April each year. Most of our positions are linked to pay scales. These are incrementally based which means you progress through each stage until you reach the maximum point in your grade.
- Working Wonders scheme - At Derby City Council we are very proud of our employees and the efforts they make to deliver and improve services for our communities. The Working Wonders scheme recognises those employees who have made a special contribution to their service or to a customer.
- Long service awards – We give £100 gift voucher to employees who complete 25 years service with us.
We are committed to the development of all our employees. We offer a wide range of training events and have succession initiatives in place to keep our talented people. We regularly review our workforce development plan and people strategy to ensure employees are developed in the right way; helping us to become a truly excellent service provider.
We recognise a number of trade unions which you are welcome to join, they include:
- AEP - Association of Educational Psychologists
- ASCL - Association of School and College Leaders
- Aspect - Association of Professionals in Education and Children's Trusts
- ATL - Association of Teachers and Lecturers
- CYWU - The Community and Youth Workers Union
- GMB - Britain's General Union
- NAHT - The Association for all School Leaders
- NASUWT - Teachers' Union
- NUT - National Union of Teachers
- UCATT - Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians
- UCU - University and College Union
- Unite - T&G and Amicus Sections
- Unison - Public Sector Union.
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