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Welcome to South Derbyshire District Council

At the heart of England and the National Forest, South Derbyshire is one, if not the fastest growing district in the East Midlands. Offering the blend of a growing economy, attractive countryside and numerous places for leisure and tourism, the District can truly provide an excellent place to live and work.

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?

    As an Investor in People, 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 system of fairer and more transparent system of pay which is based on the principle of equal pay for work of equal value and thus is free from any forms of discrimination. The council is currently reviewing all of its jobs and therefore the existing pay and grading structure is subject to review.

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

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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 5 years continuous service, plus 9 statutory days leave.

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    The Council offers a very generous relocation scheme subject to certain 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. This is an excellent final salary scheme. Contributions are currently 6% of salary with the Council also making a high contribution into the fund.

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    Professional fees

    Full reimbursement of professional fees is made for relevant membership of recognised body.

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    Flexible working

    The Council has a positive approach to help employees achieve a work life balance. A number of practices are available that include:

    • Flexitime

    • Job sharing

    • Homeworking

    • Parental leaves

    • Maternity/Adoption leave

    • Special leave provision

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    Learning and development

    As an Investor in People organisation, the Council has in place the nationally recognised framework to link employee development with the needs of the business. 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 point 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 Loans

    All employees are entitled to apply for a low interest car loan. If you currently have a similar arrangement with your employer we may be able to connate this for you.

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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 residency and qualifications where appropriate. In addition some posts have further checks when working with children or vulnerable adults.

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    All new employees to the Council are required to complete a 6 month probationary period.

    Child Care Vouchers

    The authority has in place a child care voucher scheme to assist parents to make child care provision more affordable.

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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 who have been convicted of a criminal offence and who have not re-offended since.

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    Recruitment of Ex Offenders

    If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with vunerable persons you will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form from the Criminal Records Bureau.

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    Useful Links

    Find local child care using the Derbyshire Children's Information Service

    For further jobs and careers in Local Government, try:

    Job Centre Plus

    Workplace Health Connect - a free no obligation service providing free, practical advice on workplace health and safety, working with both managers and staff.

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