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Council Benefits

  • Holidays – you’ll receive 26 days' annual leave, rising to 31 after 5 years’ service, plus public and bank holidays.
  • Local government pension scheme – all our new employees are assessed against criteria and automatically enrolled into the scheme (unless you choose to opt out). If you already have continuous service or a pension with a different local authority this can be transferred to our scheme
  • Truly flexible working, roles are hybrid between home and the workplace where applicable, and flexibility also includes:
    • flexi-time scheme (for most roles)
    • compressed or part-time hours
    • job shares or term-time contracts where appropriate
  • Occupational health – offers a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle, including health screening and smoking cessation sessions
  • Free seminars on managing your finances and planning for retirement
  • Family friendly policies  - we have a range of family friendly policies to support staff balance work and responsibilities outside of work including maternity leave, shared parental leave, adoption leave, maternity support and paternity leave, ordinary parental leave and carers leave.
  • Development - Our HR / OD team have built an impressive suite of learning and training activities that provide a rounded and learner-centred experience. This includes a new learning management website that enables you to manage your own learning online
  • Car pool – if you need a car for a business trip you can book a car. Our fleet includes fully electric vehicles and ultra-low emissions cars
  • Car share scheme – if you share your commute with another employee you can benefit from reduced travel costs, while helping to reduce the number of cars on the roads
  • Subsidised rail – we can offer you 25% discount on rail season tickets
  • Discounts and cash back from well-known major supermarket chains, high street retailers and on holidays and entertainment
  • Local discounts with retailers and service providers
  • Salary sacrifice schemes which save tax and national insurance - including cycle to work and purchasing additional pension contributions
  • Discounted leisure membership
  • Purchase of Annual Leave available

Families & Children’s benefits


  • There are practice education opportunities in house and our Newly Qualified Social Work (ASYE) programme supports pods via an ASYE Development Manager.
  • We offer progression through interview and portfolio-based assignments supported by our Principal Social Worker (PSW)
  • Social work grades include Level 3 and Level 4 which means there is scope to develop practice over time and linked to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)
  • There are opportunities to become a Practice Development Lead for Level 3 & Level 4 Social Workers which is a step towards a role in management, we also offer 20% off the job to support with auditing work.

Continuous Professional Development

  • Learning resources, support and lecturing opportunities from our membership in the Pan-Dorset and Wiltshire Social Work Teaching Partnership (PDWTP)
  • Our thematic audits enable us to pick out best practice to share and to understand our strengths as well as weaknesses.
  • Our annual CPD programme is based upon staff/family feedback, societal impacts, and Quality Assurance findings.
  • Teaching partnership with Bournemouth University results in journal club, being involved in masterclasses with those with experience help to shape university programme.


  • We have a range of roles including full time, part time and compressed 9- day fortnight hours
  • Access to wide wellbeing support service available for practitioners which includes a brand new support service Trauma Risk Informed Management Training (TRiM) to reduce the likelihood of secondary trauma in our staff
  • Multi-disciplinary team support including key workers who will co-work some cases with you as well as access to administrative services to free you up to focus on spending time with families.
  • An attractive rewards package with an excellent range of discounted products and services with national and local retailers via our Wiltshire Rewards scheme
  • The opportunity to work for a forward-thinking council with a strong focus on staff engagement.
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