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Rewards and benefits - Purbeck District Council

Annual leave

The minimum annual leave entitlement is 21 days, increasing on a grade and service entitlement basis to a maximum of 29 days. In addition to public/bank holidays there are two extra statutory days and one discretionary day to be taken over the Christmas/New Year period.

Car parking

Parking is available free of charge for staff located at Westport House, Purbeck Sports Centre and the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.

Childcare voucher scheme

We offer a childcare voucher scheme to all employees. This provides the opportunity to exchange up to £243 of salary per calendar month for childcare vouchers resulting in a monthly saving on tax and National Insurance.

Conditions of appointment/service

All appointments, apart from the Chief Executive and General Managers, will be subject to the scheme of conditions of service of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, as adopted by the Council. They may be amended from time to time by Local Agreement. In accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996, contracts of employment will be in writing.

Eye tests and glasses reimbursement

Employees who use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) as part of their working day will be eligible to receive a 100% reimbursement of cost in respect of undertaking an eye test. In addition a contribution of up to £75 towards the costs of frames and lenses where it is deemed that spectacles are required for DSE use.

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 for safe working practices.

Health Cash Plans

Group rates have been negotiated with Simply Health. The scheme enables employees to get cash back when paying health care bills. It helps individuals budget for the cost of visits to the dentist, optician, physiotherapist and a number of other healthcare professionals.

Hours of work

The basic working week for full time employees is 37 hours, part-time hours are as advertised. The normal office hours are from 8.45am to 5.15pm, Mondays to Thursdays and 8.45am to 4.45pm on Fridays normally with one hour for lunch daily.
A range of flexible working options are available in some roles with a flexitime scheme also available for the majority of staff.

Payment of salary

Salary will be paid monthly by bank credit transfer. The transfer will take place on the penultimate working day of each month.

Pension Scheme

The Council operates under the Local Government Pension Scheme, administered by Dorset County Council. Membership of the scheme is automatic so you must complete an opt-out form to exit it. The rate of contribution depends upon pay bands deciding the percentage payable. In some cases it is possible to arrange for transfer value payments from other pension schemes to the Dorset County Pension Fund.

Place of work

The Council's main office is in Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham. If the post you are applying for is based at Purbeck Sports Centre or the Discover Purbeck Information Centre this will be stated on the job advertisement.

Professional membership fees

The Council recognises the benefits of staff belonging to professional associations and will reimburse one professional subscription per year, per employee.

Probationary period

The first six months of employment is a probationary period, during which time your suitability for the position to which you have been appointed will be assessed. The Council reserves the right to extend the probationary period, if in its opinion, circumstances so require.

Purbeck Sports Centre

In recognition of the benefits of a health conscious workforce, the Council offers staff reduced rate membership at Purbeck Sports Centre which offers a swimming pool, exercise classes, squash courts and tennis courts as well as a fully equipped gym.

Relocation scheme

In appropriate circumstances the Council offers a scheme to contribute towards the relocation expenses of new employees.

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 until the top of the scale is reached. 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. The prescribed salary range has been determined by the GLPC Job Evaluation scheme.

Sick pay

Employees are entitled to contractual sick pay if absent through illness. Full details can be provided on request.

Smoking

The Council has a policy of no smoking within its offices and grounds.

Staff Rest Room

The Council has a staff rest room with kitchen facilities for staff to eat their lunch.

Staff support services

The staff support service is strictly confidential and allows employees to meet with a highly qualified practitioner to discuss any problems.

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. The Council recognises UNISON as their trade union partner.

Workforce Development

Purbeck District Council is committed to developing and maximising the potential of all its employees and provides a range of learning and development opportunities.