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Rewards and benefits - Dorset County Council

Annual leave

We offer a generous annual leave allowance, starting from 25 days rising to a maximum of 33 days. The specific entitlement will be determined by length of service and the grade of the job and is in addition to the eight national bank holidays.

We can also offer additional paid leave to support employees engaged in unpaid work within the community such as acting as a school governor.

Hours of work

The basic working week is 37 hours. A range of flexible working options are available in some roles through our Flexible Working Procedure, with a flexitime scheme also available where appropriate.

Salary scales and increments

Normally starting salary is determined according to qualifications and experience. Progression through the pay scale is by means of annual increments, subject to satisfactory service. If you start between 1 April and 30 September, you will receive your first incremental increase on next 1 April. If you start between 1 October and 31 March you will receive your first increment after 6 months. Salary scales are reviewed nationally each April.

Payment of salary

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

Pension scheme

The council offers membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, which is a career average scheme, or the Teachers Pension Scheme, which is a final salary scheme, to its employees, as appropriate. Both offer excellent benefits at retirement.  Membership is automatic unless you choose to opt out of the scheme.

Relocation scheme

A relocation package is available in certain circumstances.  Information will be given at interview if relevant.

Childcare voucher scheme

Childcare vouchers are offered in partnership with a company called Co-operative Employee Benefits to help you save money on your childcare costs, while you retain the right to choose the best care for your child.  If you are a working parent or legal guardian of children aged under 15 (16 if the child(ren) has a disability) and pay for any form of registered childcare, you could save money on your childcare costs by using childcare vouchers.

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