Information about working for the Council

Conditions of Appointment

Unless stated otherwise, the appointment will be subject to the Conditions of Service of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, as adopted or amended by the Council, together with such other local conditions determined by the Council. The following represents an outline of those terms and conditions, further details of which are available from the Human Resources department.


Salary is paid on the 25th of each month, at 1/12th of the annual salary.

Hours of Work

Normal office hours are from 8.45am to 5.15pm (4.45pm Friday). The hours and working day may vary in  accordance with the needs of the service and the function in which you are employed. A flexi-time system is in operation, which you may join subject to the approval of your manager. Details of the scheme will be given to you at your induction.


Overtime is not normally worked, but you will be expected to undertake any requirements for overtime that may arise from time to time. Any special requirements concerning irregular or additional working hours in relation to a particular post will be discussed with you at the interview.

Smoking at Work

The Council operates a No Smoking Policy. The acceptance of employment will be deemed to include acceptance of this policy.


Annual leave is 23 days per annum rising to 28 days after 5 complete years of continuous Local Government service and to 31 days after 10 complete leave years, (i.e. 1 April to 31 March). The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Should you commence employment part way through the leave year, Leave is allocated on a pro-rata basis. Part time employees receive annual leave on a pro-rata basis.

Public Holidays

There are 8 statutory holidays per year. Part time employees receive public holidays on a pro-rata basis that is attached to the annual leave entitlement.

Medical Clearance

All appointments are conditional upon a satisfactory medical report from the Council’s medical adviser. Persons offered appointments will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire for the medical adviser. Physical medical examinations will be conducted if it is considered by the medical adviser to be necessary in any particular case.

Pension Arrangements

On commencing employment with the Council you will be entered into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), unless you choose to opt out and make your own arrangements. The LGPS is a contributory scheme, with the employee contributing 6% of gross salary and the Council contributing a greater amount. This provides for a lump sum and pension on retirement or other designated ending of employment.

Probationary Periods

All new starters with the Council will be required to successfully complete a six month probationary period. Details of the review process will be provided to successful candidates on appointment.

Period of Notice

Either party to the contract may give notice at any time. The minimum notice to terminate employment, subject to statutory requirements, is:

Principal Officer Grades 2 Months

All other posts 1 Month

Relocation Allowance

A relocation allowance is payable in appropriate cases. The scheme is intended to cover the major costs associated with a new employee’s relocation. It includes the following: 100% of removal expenses (subject to the cheapest of three quotations)

Estate Agent / Solicitors fees – up to a maximum of £3,500 and subject to the production of an invoice addressed to Allerdale Borough Council or receipted accounts.

Disturbance allowance - £1,000

Lodging Allowance - £65 per week (max. 26 weeks from date of commencement)

2nd Class Rail Fare – return (26 weeks from date of commencement)

The above provisions are subject to:

Reimbursement in relation to Estate Agents/Solicitors fees are only payable if an Officer sells a currently owned property and purchases a property within 15 miles of their base.

If an employee leaves the Council’s employment within 2 years of commencement there will be a requirement to repay relocation expenses on the basis of one twenty-fourth for each un-expired month of the two years.

Training and Development

The Council is firmly committed to the training and development of staff and has a designated budget to ensure that the needs of staff can be met. Staffs are actively encouraged to pursue further qualifications in their field of expertise.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ