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Welcome to South Derbyshire District Council

At the heart of England and The National Forest, South Derbyshire is the fastest growing District in the East Midlands. Offering a growing economy, attractive countryside and numerous attractions, the District is an excellent place to live, work and visit.

For more information on the many benefits of working and living in South Derbyshire please browse our website.

  • Employment at South Derbyshire

  • What we offer employees

  • Job Evaluation

  • Working hours

  • Annual Leave

  • Relocation

  • Pension

  • Professional Fees

  • Flexible working

  • Learning and development

  • Car Loans

  • Car parking

  • Pre-employment checks

  • Probation

  • Child Care Vouchers

  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

  • Recruitment of Ex Offenders

  • Useful Links

  • Employment at South Derbyshire

    The main Council offices are based in Swadlincote, with other sites based within close proximity. There are currently approximately 350 employees providing a full range of services for the community.

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    What we offer employees

    The Council is fully committed to the development of employees to deliver excellent services for the community. It is our aspiration to become a learning organisation and we continue to work with our employees to realise this.

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    Job Evaluation

    Job Evaluation is a fairer and more transparent system of pay, based on the principle of equal pay for work of equal value. This ensures our pay model is free from any forms of discrimination. The Council has completed a review of its pay structure and this has now been implemented.

    If you have any questions about Job Evaluation please feel free to discuss them during the recruitment process.

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    Our standard terms of employment

    Working hours

    All full time employees work 37 hours per week.

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    Annual leave

    A minimum of 24 days annual leave per year rising to 29 days after five years continuous service, plus nine statutory/concessionary days leave. This is pro-rated for part time staff.

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    The Council offers a generous relocation scheme, subject to qualifying conditions, for people who may have to relocate to work for the Council. Further details will be given to successful candidates.

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    All employees are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme. Pension contributions are in line with current employee salary bands as determined by the Local Government Pension Scheme. The Council is also making a high contribution into the fund. For further information please contact

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    Professional fees

    Full reimbursement of one professional fee is made for relevant membership to a recognised body, if required for the post.

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    Flexible working

    The Council has a positive approach to help employees achieve a work/life balance. These include:

    • Flexi-time

    • Job sharing

    • Part-time working

    • Homeworking

    • Parental leave

    • Maternity/adoption leave

    • Special leave provision

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    Learning and development

    The Council has in place a nationally recognised framework to link employee development with the needs of the organisation. We believe that we exceed this requirement and offer a range of learning and development opportunities for all employees. This includes:

    • Financial support for recognised qualifications

    • E-learning resource that offers a range of educational and vocational resources

    • Regular individual performance development reviews

    • Development of a leadership and management programme

    • Commitment to national training initiatives

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    Car parking

    There are a number of free car parks near the main offices in Swadlincote.

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    Pre-employment checks

    All appointments are subject to references, medical assessment, evidence of right to work and qualifications where appropriate. Some posts have further checks when working with children or vulnerable adults, or in specified professions.

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    All new employees to the Council are required to complete a six month probationary period.

    Child care vouchers

    We have a child care voucher scheme in place to make child care provision more affordable for parents.

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    Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

    The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is aimed at helping people convicted of a criminal offence who have not re-offended since. All recruitment at the Council is in line with the Act.

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