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Rewards and benefits

It is important to us that our staff feel valued, rewarded and have a welcoming and enjoyable place to work in.  

Through initiatives like staff engagement surveys, there is a strong focus at GCC on listening to our colleagues, so together we can create an environment where our staff feel happy and engaged.  

We offer a wide range of benefits as part of our employment packages

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is one of the largest public sector pension schemes in the UK. It is an excellent defined benefit pension scheme operating on a career average earnings basis. Contribution rates depend on actual pensionable pay and vary between 5.5% and 12.5%. GCC will pay in the balance of the cost of providing the benefits after taking into account investment return.

The LGPS also provides valuable life cover of 3 x salary along with valuable financial protection for dependants.

 

Salaries are benchmarked against other local government authorities and reviewed regularly to ensure they remain competitive.

 

The Council operates a scheme which allows employees to apply to purchase additional annual leave (up to a maximum of 10 days).

 

You’ll start on a minimum of 24.5 days annual leave per annum (pro-rata for reduced hours), rising to 29.5 days after five years (plus public and bank holidays). Gloucestershire County Council also offers you the opportunity to purchase up to 10 days additional annual leave each year.

 

We provide free, confidential, counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours every day online and by telephone. This service offers professional counselling, information and advice service offering support for issues arising from either home or work.

 

There is usually flexibility to vary your daily start and finish times, and to take advantage of mobile working in some cases. Options include working flexi-time, compressed or part-time, on a job share or term-time contract or from home (where operationally feasible) - this should be clarified in the application information for the specific role

 

You can opt to take part of your salary in the form of childcare vouchers, free of tax and national insurance.

 

Our staff discount scheme offers council employees access to great savings (including discounts with major supermarket chains and high street retailers) as well as cashback when shopping online.

 

Via the cycle to work scheme you can gain a form of loan for a new bike and any safety equipment, which is then paid back by salary sacrifice with tax and National Insurance benefits.

 

There are a number of different sports and societies to take part in alongside colleagues.

 

 

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