Family-friendly benefits

Flexible working 

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and recognise that offering flexible working arrangements can help to increase the diversity of our workforce.

Many of our staff are already enjoying the benefits of flexible working. We have staff who work:

  • flexi-time
  • on a part-time or job-share basis
  • compressed working hours
  • during term time only
  • at different locations across the city to reduce time travelling
  • at home

The degree of flexibility you will have over how you work your contracted hours will depend on the requirements of your job and the service you work in. 

Annual leave

We offer generous holiday entitlements to our staff, ranging from 25 days (plus bank holidays) to 34 days (plus bank holidays) for our most senior staff. The amount of leave is based on the grade of your job and the number of contractual hours you work each week. Your entitlement will increase after 5 years of continuous local government service. 

Family-friendly policies 

We recognise the importance of the family, which is why we support working parents and carers in ways that help them balance their work and family lives. We know there are times when the needs of dependents (children, partners, elderly parents) have to come first. We will do our best to accommodate your need to take time off work.

Discretionary special leave

Up to 10 days discretionary special leave may be granted in any one leave year to enable you to fulfil your caring role in the face of an emergency, or to help you cope with an urgent domestic situation such as child care arrangements being unexpectedly withdrawn, a dependent being unwell or your child's school or nursery unexpectedly being closed.

Maternity, paternity, adoption and surrogacy leave 

We provide generous maternity, adoption and paternity provisions that are above the statutory minimum. Employees who become parents through a surrogacy arrangement are also entitled to adoption leave and pay subject to meeting the necessary eligibility criteria.

Parental leave

If you are a parent with at least one years service with the council, you may take up to 18 weeks unpaid leave to help you care for your child. Leave must be taken in blocks of at least one week, with no more than four weeks being taken in any one year. Leave can be taken up to your child's 18th birthday or, if your child is adopted, 18 years from the date of adoption. 

Shared parental leave

Shared parental leave gives employees with caring responsibilities for babies, or newly adopted children, greater flexibility to choose how they share the care of their child in the first year. You can choose to end your maternity or adoption leave early and convert the remaining leave/pay into shared parental leave/pay.