Council Benefits

Council Benefits

Benefits and Support

We recognise that people are our most important asset. As an organisation we need the best people, which is why we aim to provide an attractive benefits package and positive employment experience.

Some of our benefits include

  • Competitive Pay
  • Relocation/Mortgage & Rent Subsidy Schemes
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements to encourage work / life balance
  • Family Support Polices
  • Wellbeing, Employee Support and Counselling Services
  • Induction
  • Support, Training, and Personal Development
Relocation/ Mortgage Rent Subsidy Schemes

The Council recognises the costs involved in relocation and in an effort to be as flexible as possible offer a great relocation package for professionals planning to move to Bournemouth, alternatively the individual has the opportunity to apply to the Council for £5000 cash instead.

Pension Scheme

All staff can join the Bournemouth Borough Council pension scheme which is part of the wider Dorset County Council scheme. The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a tax approved, defined benefit occupational pension scheme. The benefits under the scheme are set in law and are based on the length of your membership and your final salary. The alternatives to joining are to take out a Personal or Stakeholder Pension or rely on the State Pension.

Cycle to Work Scheme

As part of the Health & Wellbeing Programme, the Council have taken advantage of the Government's Green Transport Plan and introduced a Bike to Work Scheme. This scheme allows you to lease a bike and safety equipment over a 12 month period for use in travelling to, from and at work. The lease cost is deducted from your gross pay in equal instalments over a 12 month period and you can lease equipment up to the value of £1000 inclusive of VAT.

Co-Wheels Car Club

The council offers a free membership in the Co-Wheels Car Club. Co-wheels is a 'pay by the hour' car club, with cars parked near to where people live and work. Members can access cars 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without the cost and hassle of owning one. A simple hourly and mileage charge covers fuel, tax, maintenance and comprehensive insurance, so all you do is the driving! Cars are parked in designated parking bays and can be booked in advance or last minute either on-line or over the phone. To find out more visit:http:/ www.co-wheels.org.uk/

Work/Life Balance

All of us have lives outside work. Many of us have primary or shared responsibility for caring for children, elderly relatives or others; most of us take part in some form of educational, voluntary or leisure activity. Work is important too. Getting the balance right between the two is never easy. At Bournemouth Borough Council we want you to feel supported in striving to achieve your own work/life balance, so that all aspects of the quality of life can be enhanced.

The Council recognises the difficulties faced by people in balancing these competing interests. It also recognises that to attract and retain good quality people, to ease pressures at home and work, to minimise absenteeism and to do its best to create a working environment in which people feel they can give their best, we need to be flexible in the demands we make of people.

Flexible working arrangements are promoted for all employees. General guidance to the types of flexible working options available includes:

  • Full time working
  • Part-time working
  • Job-share
  • Term-time working
  • Annualised hours
  • Homeworking/hot desking
  • Flexibility in agreeing rosters/exchanging shifts
  • Compressed weeks/fortnights
  • Flexible Flexi
Family Support

In addition to flexible working opportunities we offer a range of support to help staff with caring responsibilities including both statutory and non-statutory schemes. Support includes: unpaid leave, maternity and support leave; paternity and parental leave, adoption leave, annual leave, compassionate and special leave.

Wellbeing, Employee Support and Counselling Services

We are committed to protecting the wellbeing of our staff. As well as providing a supportive environment, we also have a confidential employee support and counselling service, which provides assistance to employees with personal or work related issues. The Health and Wellbeing Service aim to maintain and improve the wellbeing of all employees in the workplace and provide a comprehensive service which is accessible to all. Counselling can be offered as part of the confidential health and wellbeing service.

Employees can refer themselves or others for counselling if they are experiencing problems or difficulties at work and/or at home. Under this service we are able to offer short term focused counselling up to a maximum of six face to face sessions. Our Counsellors can provide information on local support groups and organisations dealing with issues such as bereavement, bullying, domestic violence, finances and accommodation.