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As an employee of a council there are many benefits you will get on top of your salary. That’s why many people stay in local government employment for the duration of their working lives.


Everyone needs a holiday and local government employees are entitled to what can often be generous amounts of annual leave. Part time workers have their leave calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the amount of hours they work.

Local government also support other forms of leave such as

  • Having children or adopting
  • Caring for dependents
  • Rehabilitation
  • Bereavement
  • Study
  • Religious observance
  • Community involvement
  • Preparation for Retirement


Local government has its own pension scheme for employees. There are 99 local council pension funds in Great Britain. The Local Government Pension Scheme is a statutory, funded pension scheme. As such it is very secure because its benefits are defined and guaranteed in law. The pension scheme is available to all employees in local government.

Worklife balance

Growing tensions between life and work are hitting us all hard – as employers and employees. Traditional ways of working are no longer flexible enough to meet the pressures on people’s time, skills shortages, changing populations and the demands of customers. Local government employers recognise these pressures and have policies in place to address them by offering more flexible working, so no matter what your circumstances you should be able to find an option that allows you to pursue your career alongside other commitments. The following are just some of the options that may be available to help you achieve the right worklife balance.

  • Part time
  • Flexi time
  • Job share
  • Home working
  • Flexible shift patterns
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