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Rewards and benefits - Dorset County Council

Come and work for Dorset County Council - we can offer you:


Your starting salary is normally determined according to your qualifications and experience. Progression through the pay scale is by means of annual service and competence increments, subject to review. Salaries are paid monthly by bank credit transfer on the last working day of each month.

Flexible working arrangements and family friendly policies

A full time week is 37 hours. We have a flexible working policy and can offer flexible working patterns in many of our roles which, by agreement, can be adjusted to facilitate your work life balance. Upon request consideration will also be given to applications on a part time or job share basis. Apply and include details of the part time working arrangement that you are seeking.

We also offer a range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity pay (above statutory provisions).

Leave entitlement 

Paid annual leave ranging from 5 to 6.3 paid working weeks off per year depending on your role and length of service plus 8 paid bank holidays per year. We also offer the opportunity to supplement your annual leave with unpaid leave or the ‘purchase’ of additional leave.

Where necessary you can also access unpaid parental leave, paid compassionate leave, paid time off for some medical appointments and a paid volunteering day per year

Terms and conditions

We apply some nationally negotiated terms and conditions which are applied across local authority public sector employers (e.g. in relation to pay awards and sickness pay entitlements) and also have local agreements which determine a range of enhancements paid for regular working at night, weekends and bank holidays where this is a requirement of the role.

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 to support you and your family during your retirement. Membership is automatic unless you choose to opt out of the scheme, contributions are made by both you and the county council.

Relocation scheme

A generous relocation package including; removal expenses, fees etc. (up to £6.5k) or a choice to receive mortgage/rent subsidy payments for the first 2 years of £250pm in year 1 and £150pm in year 2, disturbance allowance, help towards to the cost of return visits to your family and a two homes allowance (payable for up to 6 months) is available subject to terms and conditions. We can also arrange an advance of up £2,500 (paid within 5 days of commencement) to help you with some of the initial costs of moving which will be off-set against future receipted expenses payable under the removal expenses, fees or disturbance allowance elements of the scheme. If you’re eligible we’ll discuss the details with you at interview stage. 

Health and wellbeing support

We have an employee wellbeing team and we provide signposting of support that you can access to assist you in looking after your physical and mental health.

Employee benefits scheme 

As a county council employee you will have access to the ‘Wider Wallet’ benefits portal which offers a range of discounts and two salary sacrifice schemes (Cars and Bike to Work) all designed to make your money go further.

Learning and development

We offer a range of core courses, online training, leadership development and coaching opportunities to support you in your career development.

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