Benefits of joining
Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council is a high-performing authority with talented staff who are motivated to make the difference for our communities.

We believe in rewarding our staff for their commitment to delivering essential public services with an extensive range of benefits.

We want to help you strive to be the best you can be, and to enjoy serving Hampshire with purpose and pride.

 

Competitive salary

Our pay grades allow for salary progression, with steps within each grade. New staff usually begin on a step that takes account of their experience, and with good performance, progress a step each year to the maximum of the grade. This is in addition to any annual pay increase for local government employees which is negotiated nationally.

 

Pension

Our employees are eligible to join one of our excellent pension schemes – for most this would be the Local Government Pension Scheme. Teachers can join the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme.

Both schemes provide you with a secure and guaranteed income when you retire – they are ‘Defined Benefit’ schemes, which are based on your salary and how long you’ve paid in. The County Council also contributes to your pension.

 

Travel discounts and more

Our employees have access to a wide range of discounts on products and services, including grocery shopping, fitness, broadband, and dining – as well as specific help with travel costs:

  • 20% discount on South Western Railway season tickets to five destination stations*
  • 10% discount on MOTs at County Council workshops
  • A range of cycling discounts with selected retailers*

*These discounts are offered by the operators/retailers and can be changed or withdrawn.

 

Financial wellbeing

You will have access to financial wellbeing resources, offered through Salary Finance. This includes:

  • Budgeting tools and self help resources on topical issues
  • Access to finance products, including savings, loans and salary advance

The Council also offers preferential rates for loans for bicycles, cars, IT equipment, personal development and season tickets for public transport and car parking. Our loans break down the cost into monthly repayments which are deducted from your pay.

 

Learning and development

To help you reach your career potential, we offer a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

These range from e-learning resources and professional development, to leadership development programmes.

 

Apprenticeships

We offer a wide range of fully funded apprenticeship opportunities to support our people to develop the skills they need in the workplace now and in the future. As an apprentice at the County Council, and as a valued member of our workforce, you will earn the going rate for the job rather than starting at an apprentice rate.

You may join us as an apprentice from the start of your employment, or it may be something you identify with your line manager once you’ve started. With access to over 100 different types of apprentices (and the number is growing!) there is likely to be an apprenticeship that will support you to develop in your role.

 

Annual leave

We offer a generous annual leave entitlement. You will receive a minimum of 24 days per annum (pro rata) rising to a maximum of 30 days (pro rata) after five years’ service (dependent on grade). You are also entitled to bank holidays (pro-rata) on top of your annual leave entitlement.

 

Flexible working

We can offer flexibility on how and where you work, helping you to achieve a work-life balance that suits your individual circumstances.

Depending on your role, you and your manager have flexibility to agree where and how you work – including the ability to work from home for some of the time, if the operational needs of the County Council can continue to be met. In addition, we can offer a variety of flexible working options for many of our roles, including part-time hours, job-share and term-time only opportunities, as well as flexitime to help you to balance your work and home commitments. We are always happy to have an open conversation about your needs and how we might be able to accommodate these, just reach out and talk to us.

 

Family friendly policies

We offer a full range of family friendly policies. These include generous maternity, paternity and adoption entitlements.

 

Employee support

You will have access to a range of online resources to support your health and wellbeing, including webinars, self-help programmes and articles, through Health Assured. This includes:

  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in the moment telephone advice and support covering a wide range of issues including work, personal and family related
  • 24/7 legal and financial advice helpline (legal advice available to employees only)
  • Health and medical information and support (available Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm)
 

Inclusion and staff networks

We are committed to creating a fair, inclusive and diverse workforce, and a workplace where you can be yourself.

Our Inclusion Strategy sets out our ambitions for even greater inclusivity across all areas of our work. To support this, we have four staff networks that are open to all staff:

  • Disability Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+) Network
  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network
  • Carer and Working Parents Network

Disability Confident

We are Disability Confident and we have taken action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

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Wellbeing events and sessions

Run by internal and external experts, these events are the opportunity to take time out of your day and focus on your wellbeing. From yoga to mindfulness, sleep or nutrition – we try to keep it as varied as possible, so everyone gets the chance to join in.

 

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is vitally important, and as our people are the heart of our organisation, our managers strive to develop authentic relationships that support wellbeing-based conversations. We are here to support your growth and ensure that there is a strong wellbeing focus at our learning events which include both formal and informal wellbeing-based development, online ‘on demand’ courses and other sessions scheduled throughout the year.

Menopause Workplace Pledge

Hampshire County Council has signed up to the Menopause Workplace Pledge, a set of commitments with the goal of supporting staff better through this key time in their lives.

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Eye tests

If you work with display screen equipment, we will cover the cost of a standard eye test. We will also contribute £60 towards prescription glasses if you need them to see a screen clearly for work.

 

Sickness pay scheme

On those occasions where you are poorly and unable to work, we provide occupational sick pay.