We are offering attractive packages for these key roles, featuring a flexible benefits scheme in addition to competitive salaries. Some of the standout rewards include:
Hours of Work and Flexible Working Arrangements
We aim to enable you to find a positive balance between your work and home life. We believe that this benefits you and the organisation as a whole, as it leads to a more focused, happier and healthier workforce. Your normal hours of work will be as per your contract of employment. We also offer various alternative working arrangements, such as part time working, term time only contracts, home-working, compressed working hours (e.g. 9 day fortnights) or job sharing. If you would like any of these alternative arrangements to be considered, please mention this in your application.
You will be entitled to 25 days (pro rata) paid annual leave, in addition to general public holidays. Your annual leave entitlement increases to 30 days (pro rata) after 5 years' continuous service.
Childcare Voucher Scheme
If you have children, you can save money by using our Childcare Voucher scheme to help towards your childcare costs. You can use vouchers to pay for a wide range of childcare including your (registered) carers and taking part in the scheme enables staff and the Council to both save money as the vouchers are tax and National Insurance (NI) exempt up to £28 a week or £124 per month.
You will be joining Worcestershire at an exciting time in terms of a shift in our culture to becoming a strategic commissioner. To support our managers make the transition we have put in place a number of development interventions. These include our New Managers Induction Programme, which incorporates an Insights Discovery Personality Profile and a number of courses that introduce a series of communication models utilising a Coaching approach. This will be followed by access to an eight-module leadership programme based around our newly launched management competences which focuses on leadership behaviours. In Worcestershire we are committed to ensuring our Managers are supported to develop their Leadership behaviours as well as their technical skills.
We are also launching a Talent Management Programme that will identify 'Top Talent' and support them to progress and develop through the business. This will include Performance Management Coaching and Mentoring as well as cross directorate projects and business secondment initiatives.
Local Government Pension Scheme
The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a nationwide, career average pension scheme and is a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees working in local government. The LGPS gives you:
Secure benefits – the scheme provides you with a future income, independent of share prices and stock market fluctuations.
Tax-efficient savings and lower National Insurance contributions for most people under State Pension Age.
Financial security for your family, with immediate life cover and a pension for your spouse, civil partner or eligible cohabiting partner and eligible children in the event of your death in service.
And your employer pays in too - the scheme is provided by your employer who meets the balance of the cost of providing your benefits in the LGPS
Relocation, Removal and Disturbance Allowances
We offer allowances of up to £10,000 to eligible recruits who need to move home as a result of accepting an appointment. You could receive help towards removal expenses, legal fees, estate agents' fees, disturbance expenses and additional accommodation costs. This includes support for students and people in rented accommodation.
Market Forces Payment
Experienced (Level 3) social workers working in front line social work teams (Safeguarding, Access Centre, LAC Permanency Team and Homeless Intervention) and IRO's will be eligible to receive a market forces payment. Further details will be available as part of the process.