Housing Advice Officers (2 opportunities) benefit calculator housing

We are looking for two enthusiastic people with a commitment to preventing homelessness to join our housing advice team. We are one of the top performing councils in the south west at preventing homelessness and need someone to help to maintain our high standards and carry out the new duties under the homelessness reduction act 2017.

In return, you will be based in the council offices at ebley mill, a historic mill building within an area of outstanding natural beauty, and enjoy a range of benefits including free parking, family friendly policies and discounted gym membership.

As well as an annual leave entitlement of 21 days, which rises to 25 days after five years of service, our staff are entitled to all public and bank holidays (there were 10 in the past year), as well as four additional days when the offices close for christmas and new year.Benefit calculator housing

that’s 35 or 39 days depending on length of service. In comparison, the current statutory minimum entitlement of 28 days includes public and bank holidays.

As a local government employer, when it comes to pay, most of our salaries are set by national pay negotiations. But because we want to ensure all our staff can maintain a decent standard of living, we have adopted the living wage, an hourly rate set independently and updated annually which employers chose to adopt on a voluntary basis.

We also offer financial recognition for outstanding performance and in cases where staff work beyond the remit of their job, as well as payments for unsocial working hours and planned overtime. Family-friendly

Here at SDC, we’re lucky to be part of the local government pension scheme (LGPS). It’s a ‘defined benefits scheme’ which means the income you receive from your pension is a guaranteed, pre-agreed amount.Benefit calculator housing

This gives employees the security of a secure future income, independent of share prices and stock market fluctuations. It’s also a low-cost scheme giving tax-efficient savings and lower national insurance contributions for most people under state pension age.

The LGPS is now a career average scheme, which means that your pension will be based on an average of your salary across your local government career. People who paid into the LGPS before april 1 2014 will have the benefits they have accrued fully protected.

At a time when most private sector employers (including all FTSE 100 companies) are planning to close their defined benefit schemes in favour of defined contribution schemes, where there is no guarantee of the income employees will get in retirement, the LGPS is still one of the most valuable benefits we can offer as an employer.Benefit calculator housing

Nobody wants to get ill, but in case the worst happens it’s reassuring that the council can support you through tough times. Our sickness allowance scheme, which is based on length of service, can provide an employee with up to six months’ full pay and six months’ half pay after five years’ service should they ever need it. Compassionate leave

We know that there are times when work is the furthest thing from the mind. We can grant staff up to five days’ additional paid leave for compassionate reasons, including the death or serious illness of a family member. Childcare vouchers

Suitable for children up to age 15, the vouchers can be used for a wide range of care, from nurseries and child minders through to holiday camps and breakfast clubs. The account can be managed online and paid direct to the childcare provider.Benefit calculator housing the system is flexible as the amounts can vary according to the parents’ needs for childcare. Sabbaticals

Have you always dreamed of seeing the world, learning a particular skill or even carrying out voluntary work for a charity or organisation close to your heart? If you work at SDC, you don’t have to give up those dreams. Staff who meet the qualifying criteria can take up to six months’ unpaid leave for travel, study, a personal interest or activity, voluntary work or simply to spend more time with the family. Learning, development & growth

Starting a new job can be daunting, but we try to make the process as smooth as possible. Each new employee is assigned a “buddy” to help to introduce them to the organisation, and they will have regular one-to-one meetings with their line manager to ensure they have the support they need.Benefit calculator housing

As well as our corporate induction programme, we provide a range of opportunities for staff to gain professional qualifications. We will also pay for one relevant professional membership for each employee.

For staff wishing to progress into management, we provide access to programmes through the institute of leadership & management, and we currently have two new programmes in the development stages with local colleges.

We also know that coaching and mentoring can make a big difference to an employee’s learning environment, so we offer opportunities for staff to train as mentors to students and apprentices. Employees can also qualify as institute of customer services coaches, and the council belongs to the south west coaching pool, which is a resource open to staff with high potential for personal development.Benefit calculator housing

Sometimes, people want to expand their skill set beyond those used in their usual role and gain an insight into other parts of the organisation. We know that this fresh look at the workplace can help to maintain enthusiasm and job satisfaction, so we provide our employees with secondment opportunities – both within the council and externally.

We are also proud of our innovative apprenticeship scheme, where young people can gain level 2 and 3 apprenticeship qualifications, funded by us, while earning a wage. Our apprentices are each assigned a mentor and can take part in a range of activities to encourage the development of key “employability” skills, which will help them in their search for permanent employment at the end of their apprenticeship, either with us or with another organisation. A flexible approach

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The council is committed to helping staff achieve a healthy work-life balance. Our popular flexi-time scheme allows staff to choose their own start and finish times – with the agreement of their manager – and they can benefit from taking up to a day’s accrued flex leave per month.

There are also opportunities for flexible working patterns, such as part-time and job-share working and compressed hours. Regular and occasional home-working is also offered to allow staff to deal with sudden domestic emergencies, bad weather or for longer term difficulties such as health issues that restrict their ability to get into the office.

We are currently working on a project to look at many other aspects of flexible working, such as mobile working, so that we can achieve the best fit between employees’ aspirations to work flexibly and the council’s business needs.Benefit calculator housing A healthy workplace

• our employee welfare scheme, through which staff are entitled to up to five free confidential counselling sessions with an independent counselling service to assist with work and personal difficulties;

• “working well” – part of the 2gether trust has a contract with the council to provide occupational health advice in situations where staff are experiencing health problems that affect their working lives;

• the fifth dimension gym (www.Fifthdimension.Org.Uk) is situated next to the council offices and our staff are entitled to a 20% discount on normal peak membership rates. This provides access to all club facilities at all opening times, including its full suite of state-of-the-art weights and aerobic training equipment, functional gym, steam room, showers and changing facilities. Corporate rates for SDC staff are £32 per month (12 month contract) or £37 per month (non-contract)

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• SDC staff are also entitled to a 25% discount on full membership at stratford park leisure centre (www.Everyoneactive.Com). Members can enjoy the gym, swimming and all group exercise classes for £24.99 per month for a year’s membership or £29.99 per month for a no contract direct debit membership.

We make it easy for SDC staff to donate to charity, either through our payroll giving scheme, where employees can choose to donate a set amount (minimum £5) to a charity of their choice direct from the payroll system, or by having the ‘pence’ in their monthly salary donated directly to the cotswold care hospice through their “small change, big change” initiative. A work environment steeped in history

As far as offices go, we have to admit we’re proud of ours. Based in the old ebley mill, the main council offices date back to 1820 and are steeped in stroud’s heritage – serving as a proud reminder of our manufacturing past.Benefit calculator housing

Its canal and riverside location means that it’s not unusual to be joined by ducks, swans and other wildlife during a lunch-time stroll. We are also within ten minutes walk of two supermarkets and other shops, bars and amenities. The recently opened canal-side cafe/wine bar and convenience store are also proving popular with staff. Ebley mill also has a staff restaurant and free staff parking.

Our satellite sites, including the museum in the park, the subscription rooms and dursley pool are also well respected community resources within the market towns of stroud and dursley. Don’t just take our word for it…

“we have a real commitment to developing people to help them further their career, which is reflected in our learning events, our innovative apprenticeship and work experience programmes and the encouragement and support given to staff who want to obtain professional qualifications”