Workplace Health and Benefits.

To recognise your contribution to Ashfield District Council we have a range of workplace health and benefits available to all of our employees.

Your Pay & Pensions

Living Wage Employer

Ashfield District Council is signed up to being a living wage employer, which means all employees are paid at least the living wage. The living wage figures are announced in November of each year, and implemented in the next tax year.

Occupational Pension Scheme

Eligible employees have the option to join the local government pension scheme. Your contribution to the scheme is dependent on your pensionable earnings the higher your earning, the higher your contribution rate. The scheme is good value for money as the council also makes a contribution. In line with the legislation we are required to automatically enrol all eligible employees within the scheme on appointment but you have the choice to opt out if you wish.

KAARP Benefits

A range of discounts and offers,to ADC employees, from Health, Entertainment, Finance, Motoring, Shopping and Travel.

Free Car Parking

  • Council Offices
  • Northern Depot
  • Hucknall Offices

Pay Structure

We have a pay structure that encourages consistent salary levels based on a nationally approved job evaluation scheme.

Employee Benefits

ADC Leisure Facilities Discounts

ADC employees are entitled to use the six Ashfield District Leisure Centres for discounted rates on swimming, sports hall activities, snooker, squash and the fitness and health suites. You can access the activities at a concessionary rate by producing your ADC photo ID card to the Leisure Centre receptionists at the time of payment. Please remember these relate to ADC employees only on production of your photo ID.

Lifestyle Hub

Gives employees access to a great range of discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out leisure activities and your day to day spending. There is something for everyone and 1000’s of ways to save through the scheme whether you like to shop in store or online.

Workplace Benefits

Generous Annual leave

Full time employees are given a basic entitlement which is 27 days, after five years service the entitlement will increase to 34 days, part time employees entitlement will be prorated. Depending on the hours worked, work entitlement may be calculated in hours.

Flexible Working Hours

This is a policy which provides you with the opportunity to make a request to amend your working pattern to a more flexible arrangement. This may be to support you with childcare or caring commitments you may have or to enable you to more efficiently manage your working life balance. Flexible working is not just about going part time or working different hours.

Other flexible arrangements include adjusting start/finish times, the location that you work at or the pattern of the days you work. Any requests will be considered by your manager and further information about how you can submit a flexible working request is included in the policy which you can access on the Intranet at HR and Payroll - Policies and Forms- Flexi time scheme.

Payment of Professional Fees

Contribution towards professional fees for employees who meet the specified criteria.

Family Friendly Policies

  • Maternity
  • Paternity,
  • Adoption
  • Parental Leave

Career Breaks

A period of unpaid leave of over three months up to one year. A career break may be taken for a number of reasons including personal development: the opportunity to travel or undertake community work, or to fulfil personal and domestic commitments.

Special Leave

  • Bereavement Leave
  • Domestic Emergency Leave
  • Unpaid Leave
  • Service in non-regular forces
  • Public duty- Justice/ Jury
  • Religious events and festivals
  • Time off for cancer screening
  • Time off for interviews at a Local Government employer

Employee Health and Wellbeing

Cycle to work scheme

The cycle to work scheme is a salary sacrifice scheme over a 12 month period. It saves up to 42% off the cost of cycle accessories and safety equipment, up to £1000,00 from Halfords or independent retailers. At least 50% of the cycle ridden time must be to and from work; at the end of the term there are options in relation to ownership.

Referred Physiotherapy

In some instances, occupational health may recommend that physiotherapy would be beneficial to prevent further health issues which could result in time off work. Your manger will talk to you about this if your occupational health service recommends it.

Workplace Health Acitivities

A range of health and wellbeing activities are available including health checks, yoga, lunch time walks and workplace challlanges.

Occupational Health

If you have a health issue, your manager may refer you, or you can ask to be refered to, an occupational health expert, in order to gain more information and advice or support mechanisms that can be put into place. Your manager will speak to you about this if they feel that it is appropriate.

Employee Assistance

Support is Available from PAM Assist 24/7 for all of lifes ups and downs: family matters, debt and counselling benefits and tax credits relationships and more.

Free Eye Test

Available to all employees, a free eye test and contribution to a pair of glasses, at any optician for those who use VDU or drive as an intregal job role.

Equality of Opportunity

Equality Framework for Local Government

  • This framework eliminates unlawful discrimination, harassment and victiminsation and other conduct prohibited by the act.
  • Advances equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Fosters good relations between people who share a protected characteristsic and those who do not.

Mindful Employer

As a mindful employer full commitment to showing a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.

Disability Confident Employer

The Council is part of the Disability Confident accreditation scheme at the Employer level.
The Core actions for the scheme are:

  • Actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people
  • Providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Flexible when assessing people so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
  • Making reasonable adjustments as required
  • Encouraging our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident
  • Ensuring that employees have sufficient disability equality awareness

Learning and Development

The Council provides comprehensive learning and development programme including extended and aspiring leadership programmes.