Employment Terms

We hope working for us will be lots of benefits and be a happy place to work during your time with us. We offer great working conditions and allowances.

Pension Scheme

Our final salary scheme provides an annual pension of 1/60 of the final year’s pay for each year of service, and a tax free lump sum on retirement. Both the employer and the employee contribute to the scheme, exact contributions depend on your gross annual salary.

Staff are free to choose a personal pension or rely on the State Pension scheme if they prefer, but we do not contribute to private pensions.

Further Information is available on East Sussex County Council's Local Government Pension Scheme webpage.

Annual Leave

Annual leave runs from 1 April to 31 March and the normal leave entitlement for each year is 24, 26 or 28 days; depending on the scale of the post.

This rises to 29 days when you have been employed for more than five years. Part-time employees will receive a proportion of this entitlement.

If you join or leave us part-way through a year, the annual leave entitlement is proportionate to your length of employment that year.

Flexitime

A flexitime scheme is available for all employees where the Head of Department thinks it can be accommodated. The exact details of the scheme vary according to the contracted hours of work and the operational requirements of the department.

A day off may be taken as flexi-leave if enough hours have been accrued and a maximum of two day’s flexi-leave per-period, usually 4 weeks, is allowed.

Flexible Working Hours

Employees have the right to request flexible working if they have children or other caring responsibilities. This includes working from home instead of the normal place of work.
 
Heads of Department, in consultation with HR and IT, can agree agile or home working with any member of staff where they think the work is suitable.

Health Services

We have an Occupational Health Service which seeks professional medical advice on potential and existing staff. Staff are also offered annual subsidised flu jabs and regular osteoporosis screening.

Staff experiencing difficult periods in their life, either personally or professionally, can be detrimentally affected physically or emotionally whilst at work. We do all we can to support staff wellbeing and in some circumstances provide specialist external counselling.

Paid Sickness Entitlement

Under the Government Scheme, Statutory Sick Pay is paid for a period up to 28 weeks. Additionally, Local Government employees are entitled to occupational sick pay at full and/or half-pay rates, depending on length of service.

Discounted Sports Facilities

As an employee of Lewes District Council you could claim discounts with Wave Leisure at Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford, Lewes Leisure Centre, Peacehaven Leisure Centre, Seahaven Swim and Fitness Centre, Newhaven and Seaford Head Pool.

Childcare Vouchers

We operate a Childcare Voucher Scheme. Employees can have part of their salary paid in Childcare Vouchers. These are exchanged, in whole or part, for the childcare services.

Vouchers can be used to pay for childcare. These benefit from not being taxable and are exempt from National Insurance contributions. They are available up to a limit of £243 a month per employee and can be used for children up to 16 years of age.

Flexible Retirement

Under certain circumstances staff may be able to retire, receive their pension benefits and continue to work for us. This is known as flexible retirement and enables suitable staff to reduce their working hours whilst we retain their valuable skills and experience.

Season Ticket Loans

All employees who are not essential or Contract Hire Car Users are eligible for an interest free loan to purchase a Season Ticket for bus or rail. The loan may be monthly, quarterly or annual.

Tax Free Cycles

We are signed up to scheme for staff to get up to 40% off a bike to be used for work and leisure. Vouchers up to the value of £1,000 are available for use at any partner cycle shop when purchasing your choice of bike and safety equipment.

This is a salary sacrifice agreement. Staff payback over a period of 12 months a loan on goods from gross, rather then net. This benefits from income tax and NI relief.

At the end of the loan period staff are given the opportunity to buy the bike at a fair market value of around 5%.

Staff comments

Hannah joined us straight from school and has now been working with us for 5 years. She says the formal training has been invaluable and she thinks flexi-time is a great benefit. Hannah says she is always recommending the Council as an employer to her friends and will continue to do so.

Sue has worked with us since 1987 in a variety of roles and says she feels the pension scheme is a great benefit and the fact that she's able to work at different locations on occasion (such as from home) if she needs to.

David has spent 27 years in Local Authority, the last 11 at Lewes in our Audit and Performance Department. He is appreciative of several of our formal benefits including a contract hire car, the pension scheme and subsidised gym membership. David says he has found it to be a very friendly place to work with a culture of people trying to help each other with a positive focus on the needs of the local community. David feels that by making a contribution to Local Authority he can see the direct benefits of his work, he enjoys the fact that social events aren't discouraged and thinks that the attendance of senior managers helps maintain the friendly atmosphere!