Benefits of working for the Council
West Lancashire Borough Council prides itself on being a good employer with a range of benefits and employment terms and conditions to suit you. Here are just some of the reasons why WLBC is a great place to work:
Leave entitlement is 23 days rising to 27 days after five years' continuous local government service. These figures include two extra statutory days that can be taken at any point during the leave year.
In addition, you will also receive three discretionary local days to facilitate close down between Christmas and New Year. The timing of these days will be determined each year by the Council and are only applicable if the person is actually employed at the time of the Christmas shut down.
You will also receive bank holidays. There are some employees in our Street Scene, Leisure and Home Care Link sections who are required to work some of the bank holidays. Staff receive recompense for these bank holidays by being granted additional leave.
36 hours per week.
The current flexi-time system allows employees to vary their start and finish time in accordance with the business needs of the service. This enables employees to balance work and home life.
Standard working hours are 36 hours per week and subject to the business needs of the service and the accumulation of flexi-time employees can take two flexi days in every four week period.
The Council currently provides free car parking for its staff.
The Council takes part in a childcare voucher scheme which allows parents to make tax and NI savings on their childcare. This means that a basic rate tax payer ordering £243 childcare vouchers a month can save up to £48.60 in tax and £29.16 in NI each month.
Work life balance and family friendly policies
The Council has a range of policies that assist work life balance and those with families. It has excellent maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes.
Local government pension scheme
The scheme is available to eligible employees of local government and other participating employers who are under 75 years of age. The benefits of membership are:-
- The Council tops up your pension - something that would be unlikely to happen with a personal pension.
- You get tax relief on all your contributions - even on extra payments you make to top up your benefits.
- No hidden fees or charges - you simply contribute a percentage of your pay.
- You get a guaranteed package of benefits which are backed by law.
- Protection for your loved ones - in the form of pensions for dependents if you die.
- Life cover of three years pay - from the second you join.
- No medical required - unlike other forms of life insurance, it’s open to all.
- All members can take a tax free lump sum as part of their benefits package.
- Protection - in case you have to draw your benefits early through ill health.
- Your pension will go up in line with inflation, protecting you from rising prices.
Employees are paid according to locally agreed pay grades using national spinal column points. You will receive an increment on 1 April each year or when you have completed six months service if appointed between October 1 and March 31 provided that you are not at the top of the pay scale for your job.
Car mileage allowance
The Council will pay car mileage allowance if you are using your car for business purposes at the request of the Council.
Sickness is actively monitored within the Council, in accordance with the sickness management policy. The Council pays sick pay in line with national conditions of service. This means that in the first year of local government service there is provision for an employee to receive one month’s full pay and after completing 4 months' service, two months' half pay. After five years’ service this provision rises to six months' full pay and six months' half pay.
Learning and development
All new employees receive an induction within their service and the Council offers an annual appraisal review. Service-specific training is provided appropriate to the needs of the job and the Council also has an extensive array of corporate courses that it procures.
Great things about the borough
West Lancashire is predominantly a rural borough in the county of Lancashire. It is a nature lover’s dream destination and is full of hidden gems. It has a strategic geographical location bordering three city regional areas, Liverpool, Manchester and Central Lancashire. It comprises the historic town of Ormskirk, picturesque villages and the town of Skelmersdale which has plenty of green space and is surrounded by woodlands. Skelmersdale is a hive of urban activity combining a busy business district and shopping areas.
The borough has a:
- Good range of quality housing
- Good range of schools
- Good motorway access
- Easy home to work travel and good public transport links.
- The borough is easily accessed by the M6 and the M58
- Easy links to Liverpool and Manchester
- Pleasant rural area.
- Lots of lively bars and restaurants
For further information please see the Visit West Lancashire pages, and leisure and recreation.