Durham County Council - Benefits and rewards

We are committed to providing a diverse, stimulating and enjoyable working environment and to offering a comprehensive benefits package in order to attract and retain our best people.

We also recognise that it can be difficult to find the job you want that matches your work-life needs. Therefore we make every possible effort to work with our employees so that they can meet their personal responsibilities whilst continuing to make a valued contribution in their role.

Detailed below are some of the benefits you can expect from us:

Competitive salary scales.

26 – 31 days holiday per year.

Employees with Local Government service will receive 31 days leave after 5 years continuous service.

Employees also have the ability to purchase up to 10 additional days of annual leave per year. (pro-rata for part-time).

Flexible working
We offer flexible working hours between 7.30am – 7.00pm (Monday – Friday) subject to operational requirements. This flexibility enables employees to have more freedom to arrange their working day and to accrue up to 13 days flexi leave per year.

We offer a range of part time opportunities and all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.

We also offer a range of flexible working options including:
• Home working
• Job Sharing
• Part Time Working
• Flexible Retirement

Maternity and Paternity provisions
Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. We also operate a salary sacrifice policy for childcare vouchers which is operated through our childcare voucher provider, KiddiVouchers.

Training and Development
Excellent training and development opportunities are available to all staff in conjunction with our comprehensive performance and development programme.

You will be appraised at least once a year and you will be involved in drawing up a personal development plan for yourself as a result.

Pension Scheme
We offer a competitive, contributory final salary pension scheme.

Sickness Entitlement
We offer generous paid sickness provisions.

• Parking
• Eye tests for VDU users
• Staff Library
• Occupational Health Service
• Access to a confidential Telephone Counselling Scheme (EAP Employee Assistance Programme)

If you move house in order to join us we may be able to offer you an attractive relocation package. If appropriate, details will be discussed at interview.

Gym membership at a number of our gym facilities.

Travel Loan Scheme
Offers our employees interest-free loans for public transport season tickets, bicycles and car engine conversions to Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This scheme has been developed in line with our commitment to improving the travel-to-work options available to staff and to its policies on the environment.

Staff Recognition Scheme

Trade Unions
All employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union. For a small fee members have access to legal advice and assistance, welfare assistance and a whole range of discounted benefits, but more importantly, full representation in the workplace.
Get In Touch
Durham County Council
County Hall
03000 260000