Working for Us
Staff Terms, Conditions and Benefits
New employees of Ribble Valley Borough Council are subject to a probation period of 8-10 weeks. Employees will be informed within two months how their work is progressing. At the end of the probationary period, and subject to a satisfactory report from their Head of Service, the employee's appointment will be confirmed.
Salaries are paid by directly in to the employee's Bank Account on the 15th of each month (unless this is a Bank Holiday or weekend when pay day is brought forward as appropriate).
Increments within a grade are normally awarded on 1 April each year.
Our normal working week for full-time staff is 37 hours, Monday to Friday. Our office opening hours are:
8.45am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
We also have a flexible working scheme.
We employ both full and part-time staff. We also have flexible working hours, which allow us to provide the best customer service possible at critical times of the day.
We have a flexible working hours scheme which includes core working hours and where appropriate, allows most staff to build up extra hours, which can be taken as one day (or two half days) flexible leave in each four week period.
You will automatically be included in the Local Government Services scheme of conditions, unless you decide to opt out. Employees contribute between 5.5% and 7.5% of gross earnings dependent upon salary. Ribble Valley Borough Council also pays contributions to meet the total cost.
Full-time staff are entitled to 21 days annual leave, which then rises to 25 days after five years continuous service in local government.
Staff are also entitled to bank holidays that fall on a day that they would normally be required to work. Part-time staff receive a pro-rata amount of annual leave and statutory days.
The annual leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Statutory Public Holidays are Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Spring Bank, May Day and Late Summer Bank.
There are a total of four other statutory days holiday to be taken during each holiday year. Employees joining us from another local authority and/or some other public sector organisations with 5 years' continuous service will be entitled to 25 days holiday from their start date at Ribble Valley Borough Council.
All employees are entitled to sick pay in accordance with national conditions. The scale of allowances provides for one month at full pay and two months half pay during the first year of Local Government service (after completing four months service). This rises to six months at full pay and six months at half pay after 5 years service.
These are paid where the postholder is required to use a car for work.
Casual user car allowance is attached to certain posts and is payable if you need to use your car for occasional Council business. This will pay you a rate per mile. This rate will vary according to the engine size of your car.
Training and development
We are committed to the training and personal development of all our staff. We offer two types of training
- On-the-job - specifically for skills needed to carry out your job.
- Off-the-job - seminars, workshops, training courses
These may be non-qualification courses or courses that lead to a professional qualification.
Staff are offered a discount rate for swimming at Ribblesdale Pool.
We have a no smoking at work policy.
A relocation allowance is available in approved cases.
Family friendly policies
Ribble Valley Borough Council has a number of family friendly policies including parental leave and childcare vouchers.
Ribble Valley Borough Council, as an equal opportunity employer, intends that no job applicant or employee shall receive less favourable treatment because of his or her age, disability, gender reassingment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation nor be disadvantaged by any other condition or requirement which cannot be shown to be justifiable. For more information read our Equal Opportunity Policy.
Any appointment is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the council as to their medical fitness to carry out the duties of the job. If an appointment is offered,you will be required to complete a medical declaration and may be required to undergo a medical assessment.