Conditions of Service

Conditions of Service for Local Government Employees

Your appointment is subject to the scheme of Conditions of Service of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.

Salary


Salary is paid monthly, in arrears, by bank credit into an account of your choice. New entrants will be entitled to one increment after 6 months' service (Subject to satisfactory completion of probationary period). Thereafter increments are paid annually until the maximum is reached.

Probationary Period

When you join the Authority's service you will serve a six month probationary period at the end of which, subject to a satisfactory report by your Manager, you will be transferred to the staffing establishment.

Hours of Work

Office-based employees:

The Authority’s normal hours of opening are 9.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday. Flexible working hours are available to most staff whereby hours are calculated over a 4 week period of 148 hours (pro rata for part time staff) with a carry forward of all credit hours or a debit of 8 hours (pro rata for part time staff) at the end of any period. The flexitime scheme operates between 06.00am and midnight 7 days a week, but is subject to business requirements – there are no core hours.

Other employees:

Some employees are not office-based and their standard hours of work are 37 per week.

Employees with a seasonal pattern of work:

Hours of work may vary as dictated by rotas up to a maximum of 37 hours per week. This may include weekend and bank holiday working. Double time is paid for work undertaken on the statutory bank holidays.

Annual Leave

The basic annual leave entitlement is set out below and is dependent on length of continuous local government service:

  • Less than 5 years - 21 working days
  • Not less than 5 years - 26 working days
  • Not less than 10 years - 28 working days

In addition, there are 10 paid Bank and extra statutory holidays each year.
For part-time employees, pro rata entitlements apply.

Sickness Payments

In the case of absence from duty owing to illness, including injury or other disability, a sickness allowance is payable in accordance with the following scale, less certain benefits payable under the Department of Social Security rules.

  • 1st year of service: 1 month full pay, 2 months half pay (after 4 months service)
  • 2nd year of service: 2 months full pay, 2 months half pay
  • 3rd year of service: 4 months full pay, 4 months half pay
  • 4/5th year of service: 5 months full pay, 5 months half pay
  • After 5 years of service: 6 months full pay, 6 months half pay

Pension Scheme

The post is subject to pension regulations and membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme is automatic for all new entrants unless you opt not to join the scheme. Your contributions are made at a rate between 5.5 and 12.5 per cent dependant upon the scale of salary.

Medical Examination

You will be required to complete a personal medical questionnaire and, in the light of the information supplied, we will decide whether you need a medical examination or X-ray to ascertain fitness to undertake the duties of the post to which you have been appointed.

Relatives of Members of the Authority or Officers

Each candidate shall disclose whether to his/her knowledge he/she is related to any member of the Authority, or to the holder of any office under the Authority. Deliberate omission to make such a disclosure will disqualify the candidate and, if the omission is discovered after the appointment, he/she shall be liable to dismissal without notice.

Canvassing

Canvassing of members of the Authority, directly or indirectly, shall disqualify the candidate.

Criminal Convictions

The Authority does not see a criminal record as a bar to employment and will consider the nature of the conviction and its relevance to the job applied for prior to making any selection decisions. It is necessary to provide details of any “unspent” criminal convictions. All information provided will be treated in strict confidence and will be considered only in relation to this application.

If the post involves contact with children or vulnerable members of society, or is seen as a position of trust, you will be asked to apply for a DBS check. If this is a requirement of the post for which you are applying the job details will have made this clear.

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

In order to comply with sections 15-25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, the Authority must ensure that all prospective employees have the right to work in the UK before they commence employment. Shortlisted applicants will be required to produce original documentation confirming eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

Qualifications

All essential qualifications must be supported by relevant certificates. Shortlisted applicants will be required to produce these at interview.

Retirement

The Authority does not operate a compulsory retirement age.