As an employer of choice, we make sure that our employment policies and practices are always up-to date. Benefits of working for us include:
Entitlement to annual leave is dependent upon your job grade, length of service and hours worked. The annual leave year starts from the 1st of the month in which you were born and entitlement can range up to 30 days per year and 32 days for Chief Officers per year
As well as maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave, you have access to a range of additional leave benefits including maternity support leave, special leave, compassionate leave and stuck not sick days.
Work Life Balance
The Council is committed to promoting work life balance and has many schemes that employees can make use of. These include flexi time, flexible working, job sharing and emergency time off work.
You will automatically join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). Your contribution rate depends on how much you are paid, but it will be between 5.5 and 12.5% of your salary. When you retire your benefits can include an index linked retirement pension and a tax free lump sum. The scheme also provides for ill health and death benefits.
Pensionable Pay Contribution Rate
Up to £15,000 5.50%
£15,001 to £23,600 5.80%
£26,601 to £38,300 6.50%
£38,301 to £48,500 6.80%
£48,501 to £67,900 8.50%
£67,901 to £96,200 9.90%
£96,201 to £113,400 10.50%
£113,401 to £170,100 11.40%
More than £170,101 12.50%
South Tyneside Council has a positive policy towards identifying and meeting the training needs of all its employees. Accordingly, it is a condition of employment that staff are prepared to participate in any training courses which are felt to be appropriate to their needs. Most training needs will be met within the organisation however you may be required to attend job related short courses.
Health and Wellbeing
The Occupational Health Service within the Council is delivered by a team of professionals who carry out a wide range of employee services including clinical assessments, medicals and health surveillance.
In addition the Council operates a confidential counselling service, where employees can self refer and be supported through personal or work related issues affecting their mental health.
If you are invited for interview, travelling expenses are payable based on public transport rates and/or standard rail fare.
Disclosure and Barring Service
South Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If the post for which you are applying will have responsibilities for children or vulnerable groups, you will be required to apply for a standard or enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.