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The benefits

As part of your package at Ashfield we have a range of workplace health and benefits. 

Your pay and pensions

Living Wage employer

We are 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.

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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 we also make 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 our employees from:

  • health
  • entertainment
  • finance
  • motoring
  • shopping
  • and travel.

Free car parking

At our:

  • main council offices at Urban Road, Kirkby in Ashfield
  • Northern Depot
  • Hucknall Offices
  • Brook Street.

Pay structure

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

Employee Benefits

Ashfield District Council leisure facilities discounts

Our employees are entitled to use the four 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 council photo ID card to the leisure centre receptionists at the time of payment. Please remember these relate to our employees only on production of your photo ID.

Ashfield Rewards

This is a discount and benefit scheme which gives employees access to a great range of discounts from food shopping to holidays. There is something for everyone and 1000s of ways to save through the scheme.

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Microsoft Office

Employees can subscribe to Office 365 at a reduced rate, either a personal copy or for 6 people in a household.

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Workplace Benefits

Generous annual leave

Full time employees are given a basic entitlement which is 29 days, after 5 years service the entitlement will increase to 34 days, part time employees entitlement will be prorated.

Flexi-time scheme

A Flexi-time scheme operates which allows some discretion in working time. Eligibility to participate in scheme is subject to service requirements.

Payment of professional fees

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

Family friendly policies

We have family friendly policies for: 

  • maternity
  • paternity
  • adoption
  • parental leave. 

Career breaks

A period of unpaid leave of over 3 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

We have special leave policies for: 

  • bereavement leave
  • domestic emergency leave
  • unpaid leave
  • service in non-regular forces
  • public duty such as justice or jury service
  • religious events and festivals
  • time off for cancer screening
  • time off for interviews at a Local Government employer. 

Employee Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing at Work

We are committed to providing opportunities and support for its employees to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The organisation is signed up to the Nottinghamshire Wellbeing at Work Award Scheme and is currently working towards Platinum Level.

A range of health and wellbeing activities are available including:

  • health checks
  • yoga
  • lunch time walks
  • and workplace challenges.

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 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.

Occupational Health

If you have a health issue, your manager may refer you, or you can ask to be referred 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.

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.

Equality of Opportunity

Equality Framework for Local Government

This framework eliminates unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the act.

It advances equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not and fosters good relations between people who share a protected characteristic 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

We are 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

We provide comprehensive learning and development programme including extended and aspiring leadership programmes.