The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. Employees generally receive between 20-27 days a year according to salary and grade. An additional 5 days annual leave are awarded after 5 years continuous service by 1st April. We close our office between Christmas and New Year.
The Council offers the Local Government final salary pension scheme. Find out About the Local Government Pension Scheme (external link).
Through its range of family-friendly policies, the Council seeks to ensure that our employees achieve an improved work life balance. These can include:
- Flexi time
- Hybrid working
- Home working
- Job sharing
- Part-time working
- Flexible working for childcare/carers
- Career break scheme
Child Care Vouchers
The council has implemented a scheme whereby part of your salary can be exchanged for childcare vouchers to help you with some of the cost incurred with registered childminders, nurseries, play schemes and nannies. The vouchers are exempt from national insurance contributions and income tax and therefore represent a saving for you.
Learning and Development Policy
The Council recognises that investment in the learning and development of employees enhances its ability to achieve its corporate objectives, improve its performance and maintain and improve the quality of its services to the Community. The Council has an established policy for learning and development and in addition, with effect from 6th April 2010 all employees will have a statutory right to apply for “Time to Train”.
Find out more about Staff development at Wealden District Council.
Relocation Scheme for New Employees
The Council may provide financial and other assistance with relocation for permanent posts designated as ‘hard to fill’. The scheme is at the discretion of the Council and subject to certain criteria.
We have a 24-hour personal accident insurance scheme for all employees, covering both on duty and off duty periods. Life Assurance is included as part of the Local Government Pension scheme for those who choose to join.
Freedom Leisure Membership
There are modern extensive leisure complexes in the Wealden area, one located next to our Hailsham offices, which offer a discount to Wealden staff. View Leisure Centres in Wealden.
Staff can access the Employee Assistance Scheme 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on any employment, personal or family issue, in confidence and without limitation. We also provide staff benefits such as My StaffShop which provides staff with access to exclusive benefits, free advice and savings – providing great discounts from thousands of the UKs largest retailers & service providers.