Working for the council
Why work in local government?
Local government employees contribute to the local community whilst working in a dynamic, fair and flexible environment. Whoever you are and whatever your background, working in local government gives you the opportunity not only to develop your career, but also to make a difference to people’s lives.
North East Lincolnshire Council are a Disability Confident Employer, and we are committed to the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities.
We regularly undertake a range of initiatives and activities which enable people with disabilities to participate fully in the recruitment process and to support them at work.
We are committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria of the role applied for.
If you are applying for a position under the Disability Confident scheme please tick the box on the application form and advise us of any reasonable adjustments which are needed to ensure the interview is accessible to you. For this purpose, a disability is defined as any physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
If you are invited to attend an interview you will be given advance notice of the time, location and format of the selection process.
If you require a copy of the application form and vacancy details in an alternative format, please contact the Advisory Centre by telephone on 01472 325973.
Further information about the Disability Confident scheme can be found on Gov.uk.
A typical North East Lincolnshire Council position will require staff to work a full time week of 37 hours, but there are also part time jobs and job share opportunities available too. There is a great degree of flexibility in local government and many employees benefit from flexible working hours, term time working, compressed working week and career breaks.
Annual leave in local government remains competitive and increases depending on the grade of the post and length of service, in addition there are eight statutory holidays.
Balancing home life
The Council acknowledges that all employees need to balance their work commitments with home life and that finding that balance can be difficult at times. There are several policies put in place to enhance the work / life relationship such as, flexible working hours, family leave policy, maternity and paternity leave, adoption leave and many more.
As well as the huge diversity of work, there are people from many different backgrounds working in local government. Local government values the contribution different people make and recognise that the strength of an organisation lies in having a diverse workforce. The Council supports reservists in employment and offers 10 days of paid leave per year for members of non-regular forces who attend annual training. This is in addition to the normal leave entitlement.
Depending on the type of job and terms of employment you will have access to membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme or Teachers Pension Scheme. A limited number of jobs may have access to the NHS Pension Scheme subject to meeting the qualifying criteria.
All of these schemes provide excellent benefits including:
- Guaranteed and Index-linked benefits using a set formula which are based on your salary and service rather than investments so there are no nasty surprises when you come to retire (these are known as defined benefits schemes)
- Life assurance
- Early and flexible retirement options/ill health benefits
- Tax relief on the contributions you pay with the council also contributing
- Transfer rights (within first 12 months)
- You can also boost your pension benefits by making additional voluntary contributions.
Working with Affinity Connect regular workshops are also available for those nearing retirement to help them plan and prepare to make the most of their retirement.
For more information on the Local Government Pension Scheme go to http://erpf.eastriding.gov.uk/
For more information of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme go to https://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/members/member-hub.aspx
Employee discounts and savings
Employee also have access to employee discounts and savings which are available through our partners including Virgin Media, o2 mobile phones and Lincs Inspire Gym membership.
Contributory health scheme cash plan to help you save on the cost of dental care, optical and other services such as chiropractic, orthopedic, chiropodist, physiotherapy and many more.
In addition there is also access to a wide range of discounts and national offers available including:
- Holidays and Travel
- Sports & Fitness
- Leisure time & days out
- Health & Beauty
- Fashion & Clothing
- Cars & Motoring
- Financial Services
Salary Sacrifice Schemes
We also have access to a number of salary sacrifice arrangements including:
- Childcare vouchers
These schemes allow you to give up a portion of your monthly salary in exchange for other benefits and you make savings through reducing your tax and national insurance contributions.
The Council encourages all staff to contribute their ideas, suggestions and feedback to make the area a better place to live and work. Staff can join in through:
- Vision: a fortnightly staff magazine updating you on what is happening across the Council, local events, new discounts available and important updates on policies and progress the council is making.
- Bright Sparks: an online forum where staff can suggest an idea and others can vote. The forum also allows for discussions on specific topics, such as ‘What staff discounts would you be interested in?’
- Leading Lights: recognise individual and team achievements through regular nominations and award ceremonies.
- Employee Council: be involved in shaping the Council through either attending meetings or joining the online virtual council.
- Employee Opinion Surveys are regularly undertaken giving staff the opportunity to provide confidential feedback.
North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) complies with all applicable legal requirements and recognises its duties within The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
NELC is therefore committed to ensuring the Health, Safety and Welfare of all our employees and any others who could be affected by our acts or omissions, including Schools where NELC is the employer for Health & Safety purposes, so far as is reasonably practicable.
To support this, we provide pro-active occupational health services, supported by a fully confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available to all our employees and immediate family members.
North East Lincolnshire Council is committed to the continuous development of employees, teams and the organisation as a whole. We believe that this commitment is pivotal in achieving the outcomes desired for our community and promoting a positive and progressive working environment.
Our commitment will include an entitlement for all employees to:
- A full induction to your own job, your service and the council
- Essential training and development to enable you to carry out your role
- An annual appraisal and regular supervision to discuss, review and reflect on your development
- Equality of opportunity in your development
We will also seek to support the professional development of its employees by providing financial assistance and leave for training and qualification’s. Sponsorship will be considered in line with corporate and service requirements and the availability of financial resources.
We adopt a wide range of approaches to enabling the development of its employees. A programme of short skills courses is available for all employees to access together with an e-learning portal with packages on a range of topic areas. We support secondment opportunities where these can be made available and also offers an in-house coaching programme. We encourages all staff to seek imaginative ways of developing themselves and networking both internally and externally to share knowledge.
We offer apprenticeships in levels 2 to 7 including accountancy, business admin, horticulture, leadership and management, vehicle maintenance and teaching assistant for both current and new staff. This provides entry level and career pathways as well as enabling succession planning into niche roles.