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Employee benefits

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is a great place to work. We work hard and are proud to serve the people of the Borough. You can be the best you can be and you will be supported with your own development.

We have a range of employee benefits.

Pay and reward

Pay

The grade of your job is set through a job evaluation process and annual pay awards are subject to national negotiations with the Trade Unions. You are paid in 12 equal instalments into the bank account of your choice on the last working day of each month. 

 

Sick pay

We operate the nationally agreed sick pay scheme which entitles you to a maximum of 6-month's full pay and 6-month's half pay depending on how long you have worked here.

 

Pensions

We operate two occupational pension schemes. You will be automatically entered into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), unless your job role meets the eligibility criteria for the Teachers Pensions. The LGPS is a career average scheme, operated by the Teesside Pension Fund. 

The LGPS Pensions and Retirement Policy explains some of the benefits available to you and provides an overview of how the scheme works, the financial protection that it offers you and your family, and the options available for your retirement. For more information visit the Local Government Pension Scheme or the Teesside Pension Fund.

The Teachers' pension is a career average scheme. You must meet the eligibility criteria to join this scheme.  For information please visit the Teachers Pension website.

 

 

Work-life balance and attendance

Annual leave entitlement

Our annual leave entitlement is:

  • 26 days plus Bank Holidays for employees with less than 5 years Local Government Service

  • 31 days plus Bank Holidays for employees with over 5 years Local Government Service

Annual leave entitlement for part-time employees will be calculated pro-rata.

 

Additional annual leave purchase

You can purchase between 3 and 10 days additional leave per year through a deduction in pay spread over a 12-month period.

 

Leave of absence

We have a work life balance and attendance policy which gives guidance around paid and unpaid leave of absence. We recognise that you might need more support if there is a bereavement in your family or if one of your dependants is critically ill or has a medical emergency, or if you have to undergo a medical procedure and need some time to recover.

 

Flexitime scheme

Flexitime lets you have a degree of flexibility over your working hours by allowing to vary your start and finish times. You can take up to 3 breaks a day to help balance personal commitments with work and you can accrue time so you can take hours back at a later date. Flexitime is available to employees subject to the needs of the service. Not all services are able to offer flexitime due to operational requirements such as shift working arrangements.

 

 

Family friendly benefits

Flexible working

You can make a flexible working requests to help you to balance your working life with other priorities such as parental and other caring responsibilities, life-long learning, charity work, leisure activities and other interests.

 

Becoming a parent

We are committed to helping working parents balance work and family life. Our becoming a parent policy covers the leave entitlement and enhanced payments available for:

Maternity Leave

  • Adoption Leave
  • Shared Parental Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Maternity or Adoption Support Leave
  • Fostering and Special Guardianship Leave
  • IVF treatment.

 

Tax-free childcare

Tax-free childcare can give eligible families an extra 20% towards childcare costs.

Working parents with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children) could be eligible for the scheme. For every £8 you pay towards your childcare costs, the government will add an extra £2. You could receive up to £2,000 per child per year (£4,000 per disabled child).

The Tax-Free Childcare scheme can help to pay for:

  • Registered childminders, nurseries and nannies
  • Registered after-school clubs and play schemes
  • Registered schools
  • Home careworkers working for a registered home care agency

For further information and to register visit the Childcare Choices website.  

 

 

Health and Wellbeing

Occupational Health Service

Our Occupational Health Service is provided by our Occupational Health Advisor, with support from an Occupational Health Physician. The service understands the pressures and priorities of the Council, its services and employees and it proactively addresses health issues within our workforce, helps to support attendance at work and to build capacity and resilience.

 

Employee wellbeing service - Redcar & Cleveland Mind

All our employees have free access to our confidential Employee Wellbeing services. Mind provides free access to confidential advice and support from their team of qualified, experienced practitioners. You can access one-to-one help at a time and place that suits you to help improve your mental wellbeing. They work at a pace that suits you, offering face-to-face or telephone support to achieve your goals, providing help with personal and work-related issues including

  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Confidence
  • Isolation

 

Physiotherapy services - Body2Fit

Body2Fit provide our physiotherapy services. As an employee, you can have free early access to the following services:

  • Up to 5 physiotherapy sessions
  • A workplace assessment
  • An initial podiatry assessment

 

Tees Active Leisure

All our employees can get a free Tees Active Leisure Card. It's an excellent way to save money on leisure activities in Tees Active centres across the Borough including:

  • Billingham Forum
  • Splash
  • Thornaby Pavilion
  • Thornaby Pool
  • IB Leisure

The card is valid for a year and gives you discounts ranging from 5% to 30% for certain activities at participating centres.

 

 

Personal development

Training programme

We are committed to supporting our employees to ensure that we all have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to respond positively to change and deliver efficient customer focused services to the people of our Borough. Our Corporate Training and Development programme provides:

  • New starter induction
  • Training for all employees
  • Specific training for manager

 

Investors in People

In 2018 we were awarded Investors In People Accredited Standard again. Investors in People sets out the criteria for high performance through people.  It is the UK's leading accreditation for people management and signals a high performing culture and a commitment to employee development and success. We have held the award since 2000 and recognise that what we deliver as a Council cannot be achieved without the hard work, passion and dedication we have from our Employees.

 

 

Employee Engagement

Shaping a Brighter Future (SBF)

The SBF programme looks across the whole Council at 'who we are and how we do things', and our values and behaviours. Particularly important areas include staff support and development, team work, talent identification, and identifying ways to increase our capacity through increased resilience.

 

Equality staff forums

We currently have four equality staff forums:

  • The Disability Forum
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Forum
  • LGBTQ+ Staff Forum
  • Young Staff Forum (16-29 years old)

The forums are led by employees and provide an opportunity for networking, peer support and personal development. They also consult with the Council on a range of matters, and arrange annual events to support Council objectives, raise awareness and celebrate diversity.

 

Keeping you in touch (KYiT)

Our KYiT weekly newsletter is published every Friday and includes lots of information about work life as well as community and local news. A number of paper copies are also produced and are available in Council buildings for employees who do not have regular access to the intranet.

 

Employee survey

Our employee survey takes place every two years and gives all employees the chance to share their thoughts to help us get a true picture of how they feel about the Council, their job, and working here to help us understand and support everyone more.

 

Trade unions

The Council works in partnership with trade unions and meets regularly with representatives to discuss issues affecting the council and its workforce.  Trade unions can provide a range of support to their members from representation on individual workplace or personal issues, to consumer benefits such as reduced rates on mortgages and insurance.

 

 

Other employee benefits

Car lease scheme

We operate a salary sacrifice car lease scheme with Zenith to enable you to lease a new, fully-maintained and insured car and benefit from lower costs and tax benefits at the same time. It is available to all employees, subject to eligibility checks and insurance restrictions.

 

Car parking permits

You can get a discounted rate on Long Stay Car Parking Permits for use in all Council long stay car parks across the Borough.

 

Bus and train discounts

You can take advantage of discount offers on annual tickets from Arriva, Go North East, Stagecoach and Northern Rail. You will pay for annual tickets directly from your pay and spread the cost over a 12-month period.

 

Cycle to Work

In association with Cyclescheme Limited and Halfords, we can help you purchase a bike through a salary sacrifice. You enter into a hire agreement where payments are taken from your salary each month for 12 months. Salary sacrifice saves you money on the  tax and National Insurance on the portion of your salary you are sacrificing for the benefit of the bike.

 

Your community bank

Moneywise Credit Union is the largest community-based credit union in the North East and offers safe savings, affordable loans and related services to their members. You can have money paid direct from your salary into an account to build up your savings or repay a loan.