Benefits to us means much more than salary (Financial Benefits) and takes account of people's differing needs, providing a balance between work and home (Lifestyle Benefits).
Our commitment to providing an effective work - life balance has been acknowledged by Investors in People who have awarded us their Work-Life Balance award. We are the fourth Council nationally and the first in the South West of the country to gain this award.
We recognise that staff work best when they lead fulfilled and happy lives. We encourage flexible working aimed at supporting individual employee requirements whilst meeting organisational needs. Schemes in place include flexi-time, part time work and job sharing. The extent of the flexible options available depends upon the service that the role delivers, however managers are encouraged to look creatively and sympathetically at requests for flexible working.
These include maternity leave, paternity leave (plus additional maternity support leave), adoption leave, parental leave, time off for dependants and the right to request flexible working.
We offer a generous childcare vouchers scheme which all employees whether male or female can join. This works through salary sacrifice and gives tax savings for employees helping towards the cost of childcare.
A generous relocation package of up to 5k is available for some positions. It will typically be mentioned in the recruitment advert if relocation expenses are available.
For more information please visit the Relocation package page.
We are committed to developing our staff. From June 1999 we have held Investers in People (IIP) status. Investors in People aims to help organisations improve performance.
We recognise how important a proper induction is for new employees both within the role you'll be working in and the larger organisation. You'll have regular 6 weekly reviews with your manager to see how things are going and all new starters as part of their induction will have the opportunity to meet the Chief Executive.
You'll be supported with the training and development you need to do the job.
The amount of holiday that employees have is between 21 – 25 days a year, this excludes the Christmas shutdown of the Council Offices. Holiday entitlement depends upon your length of local government service.
If you're a member of a professional body associated with your work then we'll pay the annual membership fee for that body in respect of you.
We have a staff restaurant which offers a range of excellent meal options.
If you work at the main council offices you'll be working in a tastefully converted, listed former woollen mill.
The Council is committed to environmental policies and EMAS - the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme which is a voluntary initiative designed to improve companies' environmental performance.
The aim of EMAS is to recognise and reward those organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance . In addition, it is a requirement of the scheme that participating organisations regularly produce a public environmental statement that reports on their environmental performance.
By implementing EMAS, Stroud District Council is addressing many elements of sustainable development at an organisational level as well as ensuring that it is protecting and conserving the environment.