As part of our team, you will enjoy an attractive benefits package and training opportunities to help you achieve your full potential.
We invest in our employees to make sure you have the right skills and experience to provide a first class service to the people of Kent.
The training on offer includes professional social care development, IT and administration and management development. You'll receive a minimum of 5 days a year to take up these opportunities.
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There are a number of ways we can help you to relocate and sort out accommodation when you take up a post with us in Kent. The Local Authority Mortgage Scheme helps first time buyers in certain districts to get a mortgage with a lower deposit. We are also able to offer financial assistance with initial rental deposits or other expenses to people moving into Kent to take up a post.
We offer various relocation packages, up to of £8,000, to assist you with relocating to live nearer to your new place of work (subject to eligibility). This covers specific types of removal and relocation costs, as defined by the HMRC, and may include payments for things like removal costs, a lodging or travelling allowance, costs of replacing domestic goods, the costs of certain professional fees (for example, estate agents and solicitors) and connection/disconnection from utilities services.
We are committed to helping our employees achieve the perfect balance and still be responsive to meeting changing needs of the service. We offer:
- part-time working
- job share
Arrangements are dependent on your job role and needs of the service. You will be expected to work throughout your designated area. This may involve you being based at locations other than your administrative base in accordance with service needs. Depending on your role you can fulfill your contracted hours across different working patterns. For example:
within older people and physical disability roles we have new ways of working over an extended 8am to 8pm, 7 day working pattern.
as an experienced social worker in dedicated AMHP service within mental health roles, your contracted hours are in a rota that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
As part of our ongoing commitment to flexible working, we recognise that employees may want a break away from work at some point during their career.
Time out gives employees the opportunity to do this with the security of a job to return to and allows us to retain valued staff in whom we have invested time, training and development.
You will receive 24 to 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) depending on the job you do and how long you've worked for us. We also offer a concessionary day at Christmas.
We offer a range of support to help you with your caring/family responsibilities:
- maternity and adoption pay that exceeds statutory requirements
- ante-natal, paternity and parental leave
- carers leave up to 5 paid days a year
- childcare vouchers
- compassionate leave
- emergency leave
- agreed unpaid leave
Our award-winning Kent Rewards scheme offers great discounts and cashback at over 1,200 retailers including Asda, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Boots, Mothercare and Sainsbury's.
We offer membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme. Contributions range from 5.5% to 12.5% of pensionable pay based on earnings. If you are transferring from another local government employer your service will be aggregated. A new employee may also be able to transfer their benefits from other schemes.
Support Line is a confidential service that offers staff up to a maximum of 7 sessions of counselling a year. The service is paid for by Kent County Council as part of our commitment to staff care and enables employees to meet challenges, both personally and professionally.
We have a fully qualified occupational health team to offer professional support and guidance.