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Rewards and benefits - North Dorset District Council

West Dorset District Council, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and North Dorset District Council are now working in partnership. All staff will be employed by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, but will deliver services on behalf of all three authorities.

Conditions of appointment

Apart from posts at director level and above, all appointments will be subject to the scheme of conditions of service of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, as adopted by the council. Other local conditions of service may be determined by the council from time to time. All new employees are subject to a 6 month probationary period.

Contracts of employment

In accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996, contracts of employment will be in writing.

Annual leave

An annual leave entitlement of 24-29days is available. 24 days is the usual entitlement in the first five years of employment, however, previous local government continuous service will be taken into account.

Hours of work

The basic working week for full time employees is 37 hours; part-time hours are as advertised.

A system of flexible working hours is in operation for some employees. The normal office hours are from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Mondays to Thursdays and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays. Some employees will be required to work outside their normal office hours, depending on the service they are providing.

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 six months. Salary scales are reviewed nationally each April.

Payment of salary

Salary will be paid monthly by bank credit transfer.

Pension scheme

Membership of the scheme is automatic. You must complete an opt-out form if you do not wish to join.
The rate of contribution is dependent on salary. In some cases it is possible to arrange for transfer value payments from other pension schemes to the Dorset County Council Pension Fund.

Car loans

Subject to individual circumstances staff are eligible to apply for a loan re the assisted purchase of a car once the probationary period is satisfactorily completed.

Health and safety

The council aims to ensure a safe working environment for all its employees through the implementation and monitoring of its health and safety policy, providing training and guidance re safe working practices where appropriate.

Sick pay

Employees are entitled to sick pay if absent through illness.

The sick pay provisions are as follows:
• During first year of service one month full pay (After completing four month’s service) two months half pay
• During second year of service two months full pay two months half pay
• During third year of service four months full pay four months half pay
• During fourth & fifth year of service five months full pay five months half pay
• After five years service six months full pay six months half pay

Eye tests and glasses reimbursement

Staff who use a visual display unit (VDU) screen for a substantial part of their working day (this will usually be for four hours or more) will be eligible to have eye tests at no cost.

Professional membership fees

Staff may be eligible for reimbursement of the professional membership fees. Where this is applicable it will be stated on the job description.

Trade union membership

The council fully supports the principle of collective bargaining and believes in solving industrial relations issues by discussion and agreement. All employees are encouraged to be a member of a trade union although the council equally supports the individual right of choice in such matters.

Staff discounts at leisure centres

Staff are able to pay a discounted rate at certain local leisure centres.

Childcare voucher scheme

The council operates a childcare voucher scheme.