What we offer

There are plenty of attractions to Wiltshire Council, both professional and personal. It’s a friendly, welcoming place to work, with a strong team ethic. That’s why we focus on getting the things that matter to our people right – things such as flexible working, support for career development and rewards and benefits.

Of course, if you live outside Wiltshire, there are lots of reasons to move here and make our beautiful county your home. As long as you meet the criteria, we can even offer relocation support. And it’s an easy commute from neighbouring areas such as Bath, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

Flexible working

We believe employees are happier and more productive when they have greater control over their working lives. That’s why we’ll aim to give you the opportunity to fit work around your other responsibilities, balancing the arrangements that suit you with the specific demands of your role.

We positively encourage flexibility and this has made a big difference to the ways we and our people work. One option is mixing working from home with working at one of our local hubs. You don’t have your own desk, but we’ll give you the technology to work from a wide variety of locations. This means you often get the chance to work alongside people from different service areas and learn more about what they do.

Other flexible working options include:

• flexi-time scheme (for most roles)
• compressed or part-time hours
• job shares or term-time contracts where appropriate

We've invested heavily in new technology to support this flexibility. For example, using tablets helps our social workers to cut travel time and make administration quicker and easier.

Our behaviours

Leadership

You lead by example through your behaviours and professional approach to work; inspiring your colleagues and driving for results.

 
 

Career development

We want you to reach your full potential at Wiltshire Council. Whatever your role, we’ll encourage you to develop new skills and expertise, build on your strengths and address your weaknesses.

We’ll give you as much ownership as possible over your own development and career journey. You’ll have a personal development plan, with constructive performance appraisals and one-to-one reviews with your manager so we can work with you to plan your future.

We aim to grow our people and recruit from within where possible. In most roles, you’ll have the scope to progress or move within or across teams.

Our HR / OD team have built an impressive suite of learning and training activities that provide a rounded and learner-centred experience. This includes a new learning management website that enables you to manage your own learning online.

Induction Corporate development programme Management development Learning in Wiltshire Coaching Secondments Networking and seminars

Our structured induction programme is designed to give you the information and skills you need in the first months of your career with us. From an e-induction in your first few days, to a face-to-face event where you’ll meet the leader of the council and you’ll learn about our vision, business objectives and the community we serve.

Through our learning management system that we call grow, employees are able to access a range of high quality development opportunities, many of which are accessible at any time.  These include e-learning, resources, workshops, events and some qualifications.  We encourage and support our employees to take responsibility and manage their learning through the system available.

Through our learning management system that we call grow, managers can access blended programmes of learning including workshops and e-learning. There is a Manager’s Toolkit to support new managers, which includes a list of management activities with access to policy, procedures, templates and additional learning.

Our own accredited learning centre, Learning in Wiltshire, is approved by the Institute of Leadership and Management and City & Guilds to deliver a variety of courses and occupationally specific qualifications to internal staff and externally to all who live and work in Wiltshire. Learning in Wiltshire also supports employers in our community with work-based learning and development options, business workshops and training/ assessment for a range of apprenticeship frameworks.

We are also developing our own Wiltshire Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC) to ensure that we remain an attractive employer to those in the social care profession.

A number of our people are trained coaches, who regularly work with employees. Coaching is available to all employees. It’s a great tool for building confidence, supporting moves into new roles and developing supervisory, management and leadership skills. 

Short-term secondments often arise as a result of rapid change or because we’re pulling together a team to work on an innovative project or pilot scheme. You get the chance to work with a different team or service and expand your skills and knowledge for a fixed time before returning to your regular job.

We encourage every service area to keep its teams up to date with the latest thinking and practice in their particular field of expertise. Our people regularly attend networking meetings inside and outside the organisation, as well as attending relevant conferences and seminars. 

Induction

Our structured induction programme is designed to give you the information and skills you need in the first months of your career with us. From an e-induction in your first few days, to a face-to-face event where you’ll meet the leader of the council and you’ll learn about our vision, business objectives and the community we serve.

Corporate development programme

Through our learning management system that we call grow, employees are able to access a range of high quality development opportunities, many of which are accessible at any time.  These include e-learning, resources, workshops, events and some qualifications.  We encourage and support our employees to take responsibility and manage their learning through the system available.

Management development

Through our learning management system that we call grow, managers can access blended programmes of learning including workshops and e-learning. There is a Manager’s Toolkit to support new managers, which includes a list of management activities with access to policy, procedures, templates and additional learning.

Learning in Wiltshire

Our own accredited learning centre, Learning in Wiltshire, is approved by the Institute of Leadership and Management and City & Guilds to deliver a variety of courses and occupationally specific qualifications to internal staff and externally to all who live and work in Wiltshire. Learning in Wiltshire also supports employers in our community with work-based learning and development options, business workshops and training/ assessment for a range of apprenticeship frameworks.

We are also developing our own Wiltshire Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC) to ensure that we remain an attractive employer to those in the social care profession.

Coaching

A number of our people are trained coaches, who regularly work with employees. Coaching is available to all employees. It’s a great tool for building confidence, supporting moves into new roles and developing supervisory, management and leadership skills. 

Secondments

Short-term secondments often arise as a result of rapid change or because we’re pulling together a team to work on an innovative project or pilot scheme. You get the chance to work with a different team or service and expand your skills and knowledge for a fixed time before returning to your regular job.

Networking and seminars

We encourage every service area to keep its teams up to date with the latest thinking and practice in their particular field of expertise. Our people regularly attend networking meetings inside and outside the organisation, as well as attending relevant conferences and seminars. 

Rewards and benefits

Lifestyle Travel and transport Discounts and savings

Your health, well-being and financial security are all important to us:

  • Holidays – you’ll receive at least 25 days' annual leave, rising to 32 days after five years’ service, plus public and bank holidays.
  • Moving home allowance – up to £8,000 is available in relocation support for new employees who meet the criteria for the scheme, including assistance with travel, rental and the cost of moving home
  • Local government pension scheme – all our new employees are assessed against criteria and automatically enrolled into the scheme (unless you choose to opt out). If you already have continuous service or a pension with a different local authority this can be transferred to our scheme
  • Occupational health – offers a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle, including health screening and smoking cessation sessions
  • Free seminars on managing your finances and planning for retirement

We’re committed to minimising emissions, so we run a variety of alternative fuelled vehicles, pilot new vehicle technologies and encourage more sustainable staff travel:

  • Car pool – if you need a car for a business trip you can book a car. Our fleet includes fully electric vehicles and ultra-low emissions cars
  • Car share scheme – if you share your commute with another employee you can benefit from reduced travel costs, while helping to reduce the number of cars on the roads
  • Subsidised rail – we can offer you 25% discount on rail season tickets

Our Wiltshire rewards scheme gives you access to a choice of savings and discounts:

  • Discounts and cash back from well-known major supermarket chains, high street retailers and on holidays and entertainment
  • Local discounts with retailers and service providers
  • Salary sacrifice schemes which save tax and national insurance - including childcare vouchers and cycle to work
  • Discounted leisure membership
Lifestyle

Your health, well-being and financial security are all important to us:

  • Holidays – you’ll receive at least 25 days' annual leave, rising to 32 days after five years’ service, plus public and bank holidays.
  • Moving home allowance – up to £8,000 is available in relocation support for new employees who meet the criteria for the scheme, including assistance with travel, rental and the cost of moving home
  • Local government pension scheme – all our new employees are assessed against criteria and automatically enrolled into the scheme (unless you choose to opt out). If you already have continuous service or a pension with a different local authority this can be transferred to our scheme
  • Occupational health – offers a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle, including health screening and smoking cessation sessions
  • Free seminars on managing your finances and planning for retirement
Travel and transport

We’re committed to minimising emissions, so we run a variety of alternative fuelled vehicles, pilot new vehicle technologies and encourage more sustainable staff travel:

  • Car pool – if you need a car for a business trip you can book a car. Our fleet includes fully electric vehicles and ultra-low emissions cars
  • Car share scheme – if you share your commute with another employee you can benefit from reduced travel costs, while helping to reduce the number of cars on the roads
  • Subsidised rail – we can offer you 25% discount on rail season tickets
Discounts and savings

Our Wiltshire rewards scheme gives you access to a choice of savings and discounts:

  • Discounts and cash back from well-known major supermarket chains, high street retailers and on holidays and entertainment
  • Local discounts with retailers and service providers
  • Salary sacrifice schemes which save tax and national insurance - including childcare vouchers and cycle to work
  • Discounted leisure membership

Living in Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a beautiful, predominantly rural county. Our towns and villages and our only city, Salisbury, are set against a stunning natural backdrop. Almost half of the county is designated as an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and we also have two world heritage sites at Stonehenge and Avebury.

The Visit Wiltshire website is a great showcase of the county’s attractions.

Housing Schools Travel

When it comes to places to live, areas around our office hubs at Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury offer great diversity and quality of life. The price of an average house is £203,444*, comparatively lower than in places such as Bath and Bristol.

*Land Registry HPI June 2015

There is no shortage of good primary and secondary schools here either, and in terms of GCSE performance, the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C grades including English and Mathematics in Wiltshire is above the average for South West England, as the government’s school performance tables show. 

We have excellent transport connections, with the M4 corridor running through the county offering easy access to London, Wales and the rest of the country. London Heathrow and Bristol International airports and the main south coast ferry ports are all within easy reach.  We also have 14 train stations in the county, providing links to every part of the UK.

Housing

When it comes to places to live, areas around our office hubs at Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury offer great diversity and quality of life. The price of an average house is £203,444*, comparatively lower than in places such as Bath and Bristol.

*Land Registry HPI June 2015

Schools

There is no shortage of good primary and secondary schools here either, and in terms of GCSE performance, the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C grades including English and Mathematics in Wiltshire is above the average for South West England, as the government’s school performance tables show. 

Travel

We have excellent transport connections, with the M4 corridor running through the county offering easy access to London, Wales and the rest of the country. London Heathrow and Bristol International airports and the main south coast ferry ports are all within easy reach.  We also have 14 train stations in the county, providing links to every part of the UK.

Wiltshire facts

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Wiltshire Council was created in 2009 as a unitary authority by bringing together the previous district and county councils.

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We’re one of the county’s largest employers: a workforce of about 5,000, not including our schools workforce, serving a population of 474,300.

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In 2011, we pioneered a new leadership model, replacing a single chief executive with a leadership team of three corporate directors.

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We’ve put decision making in the heart of the community, through 18 local area boards.

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Our teams work creatively in partnership with the NHS, police, fire and rescue, and community groups.

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According to national crime statistics, Wiltshire is the second safest place to live in the country.

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In our latest staff survey, responses reflected strong embedding of the behaviours framework, with 95% of staff stating they understand the behaviours that are expected of them.

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In 2014, the council doubled its highways maintenance budget, adding an extra £53 million over the next five years for road improvements on 2,728 miles of roads.

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In the latest staff survey, 74% of staff said there was a community focused culture which is a very positive message and reflects the Council’s vision to create stronger and more resilient communities.

10.

Around half of the 225,000 tonnes of household waste collected each year in Wiltshire is recycled.

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We have 23 leisure centres and 31 libraries.

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The ‘Wiltshire careers education programme’ is an innovative pilot scheme we’ve launched in partnership with local employers.

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We spend £900 million each year, providing 354 services to the people of Wiltshire.

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Between 2012 and 2014 there was a rise of 5% in the number of “fully engaged staff” and a reduction in those whose responses show them to be fully disengaged.

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We’re investing nearly £80 million in our innovative and award winning community campus programme to bring improved facilities and services to local communities.

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