Benefits of working for South Tyneside Council
Employee terms, conditions and benefits
South Tyneside Council is the largest employer in the Borough.
As an employer of choice, we make sure that our employment policies and practices are always up-to date. Benefits of working for us include:
Entitlement to annual leave is dependent upon your job grade, length of service and hours worked. The annual leave year starts from the 1st of the month in which you were born and entitlement ranges from 25 - 30 days (after 5 years service) and can range up to 32 days per year for senior posts.
As well as maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave, you have access to a range of additional leave benefits including maternity support leave, special leave, compassionate leave and stuck not sick days.
Work life balance
The council is committed to promoting work life balance and has many schemes that employees can make use of. These include flexi time, flexible working, job sharing and emergency time off work.
An employee wellbeing survey undertaken in 2021 highlighted that flexible working is important to our employees. If your post is deemed suitable for flexi time, you could work between 6am - 10pm Monday to Friday, subject to agreement with your line manager. There is no expectation to work longer or later hours, this is about making work, work for you and to support caring responsibilities, decrease commuting pressures and support a better work life balance.
Unless you are employed on a contract of three months or less, you will automatically join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) or Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) depending on your role. Your contribution rate depends on how much you are paid, but it will be between 5.5 and 7.5 12.5% (LGPS) or 7.4 and 11.7% (TPS) of your salary. When you retire your benefits can include an index linked retirement pension and a tax free lump sum. The scheme also provides for ill health and death benefits.
Visit the Tyne and Wear Pension Fund website.
South Tyneside Council has a positive policy towards identifying and meeting the training needs of all its employees. It is a condition of employment that employees are prepared to participate in any training courses which are felt to be appropriate to their needs. Most training needs will be met within the organisation however you may be required to attend job related short courses.
Health and wellbeing
The Occupational Health Service within the council is delivered by a team of professionals who carry out a wide range of employee services including clinical assessments, medicals and health surveillance.
The occupational health team also provide regular on site clinics to provide advice on smoking cessation, alcohol consumption, diet and exercise and carry out blood pressure checks. Advice can also be given on travel health, stress management and a range of other topics.
Childcare Benefits Scheme
The Childcare Benefits Scheme allows employees who are legally responsible for caring for a child up to the age of 15 (16 if your child has a disability) to save money on their registered childcare.
The scheme operates through a salary sacrifice agreement where up to £55 a week can be sacrificed directly from salary to the childcare provider and employees don't pay tax or National Insurance Contributions on the amount sacrificed.
Disclosure and Barring Service
South Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
If the post for which you are applying will have responsibilities for children or vulnerable groups, you will be required to apply for a standard or enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Reserve Forces Policy
South Tyneside Council recognises the valuable contribution that members of the Reserve Forces (Reservists) can make to the UK Armed Forces, their communities and the civilian workplace. The Council operates a Reserve Forces Policy to support both employees who are Reservists and their managers and sets out how the Council will support them whilst employed by the Council. The Council will ensure that employees who are Reservists do not suffer any detriment during employment and outlines the commitment and procedures to following for those who are mobilised and then return to work.
Smarter Travel to and from work
There are lots of ways we are helping you to make an informed and smarter choice about the way you travel to and from work. These include:
The Council has a range of facilities including secure or sheltered bicycle parking facilities, lockers for personal belongings such as helmets and shower/changing facilities to support employees who choose to cycle either for or to work. There's also a pump and tool kit for bikes/small scale repairs in the garage where the eBikes are stored.
Cycle to Work Scheme
In partnership with Cyclescheme, South Tyneside Council is offering you savings on bicycle and safety equipment. You can find details on how to sign up and see a range of frequently asked questions on the Cycle to Work Scheme website.
Electric Pool Bikes
South Tyneside Council has two electric bikes for use during the working day. The eBikes are located within the bike shed at South Shields Town Hall. This facility has a pump and wall mounted map to allow users to find their way around South Tyneside.
Electric Pool Cars
We have two electric vehicles that staff can use to undertake Council business. You can book a Nissan Leaf through your calendar on a first come, first served basis.
Metro Business Passes
Colleagues based at a number of Council Offices can benefit from free travel on the Metro for council business. The Metro Business Passes can be used Monday to Friday, 9.30am until 5pm while on Council business. It allows you unlimited travel across the whole Metro system, and it is also valid on the Shields Ferry and on the Sunderland to Newcastle rail line.
The Metro Business Passes are available at South Shields Town Hall, Old Reception
Pop Pay As You Go (PAYG)
Pop Pay As You Go (PAYG) is the smart way to pay for public transport in North East England. Simply top up your Pop PAYG card and use it to pay for your journeys as you make them. There are lots of PAYG cards available in reception.