As an employer we recognise that our staff are the council’s greatest and most valuable resource. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where staff can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

As a staff member with us you will benefit from:

A competitive salary

Annual leave

Staff are entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 23 days per annum (pro-rata) increasing to 33 days (pro-rata) based on the salary point and length of service.

Car sharing

We have our own car share database as part of the wider Hants Car Share.

Childcare vouchers

All staff can apply for childcare vouchers  to save tax and national insurance (for children under 15 years old).

Cycle scheme

You will be able to get a brand new bike at a subsidised rate. Southampton Civic and the Depots provide cycle storage, showering and changing facilities.

You can choose a bike and safety equipment and Southampton City Council will purchase it and then loan it to you as an Income Tax and National Insurance exempt benefit. You repay the cost of the purchase by giving up part of your regular salary for 12 months, known as 'salary sacrifice'. This repayment is taken from your salary before tax, so you only have to pay tax on the remainder of your salary. The initial 12 months is known as the 'hire period'.

Discounts on goods and services

Staff discounts on goods and services including:

  • Food and drink
  • Health and beauty
  • Shopping
  • Film and theatre
  • Leisure and entertainment

Eye test

You will be reimbursed for the cost of a standard eye test and the council will make a contribution towards the cost of spectacles/contact lenses if required for VDU work.

Family friendly policies / positive work life balance

We recognise the importance of staff wellbeing and we support work-life-balance where we provide a range of services including flexible working hours, maternity, paternity and special leave, adoption leave and time off for dependants.

Learning & development

Our aim is to develop staff in order to achieve the council’s aims and objectives. We offer a range of e-learning and other professional development courses.

Long service award

Staff completing 25 years and 40 years of service will be eligible for a Long Service Award.

Occupational health service

We value our staff and take a proactive approach to improving health and wellbeing through the provision of excellent occupational health services via Medigold Health.

Occupational sick pay scheme

Pension scheme

On joining the council, you will automatically be enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). It is a career average scheme with defined benefits.

Season ticket loan scheme

Interest free loans plus 20% off season ticket are available for public transport season tickets.

Smarter working arrangements

Including working compressed hours, term-time only, job share, part-time and home working.

Staff assistance programme

You will have 24/7 access to a free staff helpline where you can speak to professionals/counsellors about your personal, financial, emotional issues and many more.

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