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Working for North Herts Council

Working for North Herts Council entitles you to a variety of rewards and benefits.

These are some of the benefits you'll receive when working for us:

Apprenticeship scheme Please find more information here
Bike to work scheme Wide range of bikes and equipment can be purchased via our salary-sacrifice scheme.
Carer's support NHC is a member of Employers for Carers, (part of Carers UK) , which employees access to resources for carers. 
Christmas close down For many office based services, the offices are closed between Christmas and New Year. Those who must work during this time receive equivalent annual leave entitlement to take at another time.
CPD and professional subscription We support your continued professional development, and reimburse your annual professional subscription.
Employee assistance program Free confidential, professional support and advice is available for you and your close
family members covering a wide range of work-related and personal topics.
Earn extra income from working at Elections We encourage our staff to support the local and parliamentary elections, it’s good way to earn some extra money whilst helping the local community.
Eye test vouchers For users of display screen equipment, we offer a voucher which can be exchanged for a free eye test at Specsavers
Family-friendly policies Enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave policies are in place to support working parents, in addition to unpaid time off for dependents and carers leave.   
Flexible and hybrid working We support requests for flexible working from day one of employment.  Options include
part-time working, flexible start and finish times, compressed hours and many of our roles support hybrid working
Flexi-time policy As part of the Council's support for work-life balance, our flexi-time scheme allows you to bank any additional hours worked and take the time back at a time that suits you, subject to service needs
Flu vouchers We encourage staff to have their annual flu vaccinations, and the cost will be reimbursed.
Free on-site car parking All staff are issued with a parking permit to use in NHC car parks whilst at work
Friendly and supportive Many of our new starters comment on our friendly and supportive teams at North-Herts.
GP Helpline service Providing 24/7 free of charge access to a GP consultation service by phone or video call.
Herts Careline Staff Discount 5% discount on the Careline service for NHC staff with parental caring responsibilities.
Holiday entitlement Generous holiday entitlement starting with 29 days per year, plus bank holidays and increases depending on your grade and length of service 
Holiday purchase scheme When you need more holiday, you can purchase up to 1 week's additional entitlement through our salary sacrifice scheme.
Homeworking support  For those regularly working from home, expenses of up to £16 per month can be claimed
Inclusion group Our  Inclusion Group is open to everyone and aims to gain an understanding of the perspective of all employees, including the experiences of those in minority, disadvantaged groups and vulnerable staff within the organisation.
Learning and development support The Council is committed to developing you for your current role and equipping you to face the challenges and changes of the future. It recognises the value your learning and development adds to the efficiency and quality of service delivery.
Leisure centre discounts Receive a discount at all NHC gyms and leisure centres.
Occupational Health service Our independent OH service provides advice and support for managers and employee in relation to long-term health conditions and absence management.
Opportunities for career development  We are committed to developing our employees both for their current roles and to equip them to progress to further opportunities in the future. We recognise the value that supporting learning and development for employees adds to the efficiency and quality of service delivery.
Pension scheme The Local Government Pension Scheme is a defined benefit scheme with an employer contribution of 19.5%
Previous Local government service We recognise continuous service from other local councils, which entitles you to enhancements to holiday pay and sick pay from day 1
Shared Cost Additional voluntary contributions Opportunity to save more for retirement through a cost-effective salary sacrifice scheme
Sick pay Occupational sick pay entitlement is available from the start of your employment for up to 1 month, which increases with your length of service.
Social club The Social Group at North Herts Council arranges a variety of events and activities throughout the year from the Panto to Pay Day Drinks, it gives staff an opportunity to get together with colleagues and meet new people across the organisation
Staff recognition Our popular staff awards scheme recognises and celebrates the excellent work of staff from across the Council
Wellbeing Comprehensive range of services supporting mental health and wellbing including…our Be Well employee wellbeing and benefit platform
Wider Wallet retail scheme Helping you to save on day-to-day costs, including supermarket shopping, high-street stores, DIY, motoring and family finance.
Work from home Refer to How We Work webpage