Our HR teams
HR Administration and Payroll
We process thousands of employment transactions to ensure employees are paid what they are due, including expenses, salary sacrifice agreements and family absence payments. We also make sure that the council complies with the many statutory reporting requirements required by organisations such as HMRC, Public Sector pension schemes and courts.
We work closely with managers to support them with all aspects of people management, from sickness absence to disciplinaries and grievances, to restructures and TUPE transfers.
HR Policy and Projects
A small but hugely knowledgeable team, we keep an eye on HR policies and procedures to ensure that we’re up to date with legislative changes. We work on various project and initiatives like the Working Well, pensions liaison, equalities and employment statutory reporting requirements.
Possibly the most diverse team in HR&OD, we cover Learning and Development, including ICT Training, workforce planning, apprenticeships, Our People Strategy and the Young People’s Strategy.
Made up of the Recruitment team, Advertising team, Disclosure and Barring team and Temporary Labour team, we help managers to recruit the right people with the right skills at the right time. We also manage our careers social media platforms to promote the Council as a diverse, supportive local employer.
HR and OD at the council
With a team of around a 100 people-people, we recruit, retain and develop colleagues so that we can realise our ambition of improving lives across Somerset. We’ve been integral to so many success stories, such as apprenticeships, recruiting social workers, leadership development, equalities and fairness, and many more. We also have the accolades to back it up: we scooped ‘Public Sector HR/OD Team of the Year’ at the 2019 PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards, and in 2020 were shortlisted for 2 more PPMAs recognising our innovative, effective work on contact centre staff recruitment and our apprenticeship scheme.
Meet some of the team
Oli Fletcher – System Apprenticeship Lead
I graduated from university in 2015 and moved back to Taunton. The council had lots of temporary jobs at the time and was known as a reputable employer. So I applied for a three-month administration contract. Now, four job titles and five years later … I’m still here. But I’ve come a really long way!
You hear about local government being all red tape and can’t do this, can’t do that. It’s not like that here. Generally, you’re encouraged to use your professional judgement to innovate rather than stick rigidly to rules or processes. I’ve been given opportunities to take on work that a more risk averse employer would not have let someone so early in their career take on.
Setting up our Apprenticeship Programme, sending groups of care leavers on residential courses to build skills, developing new degree apprenticeships, including Advanced Clinical Practice pathways, working across the NHS and the Council to write new qualifications for social prescribers. It’s fair to say that I’m getting all the intellectual challenges that I wanted.
Get in touch
We're always pleased to hear from talented people. So if you've got any questions about the opportunities that we have available in Human Resources, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or even during the application process), please get in touch with us.Email the team
Inside the council
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"The council is full of supportive colleagues who encourage you to try your best. I really enjoyed building close working relationships with colleagues across the council. They’re proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, and every colleague's skillset and background is valued."
"The council offer flexible working and really trust their colleagues to work from home. Management is supportive and avoids resorting to without micro-managing. There are opportunities to develop with managers keen to support your career progression."
"Despite funding cuts, the council are working hard to ensure these cuts don't affect its communities. The organisation are open to new ideas. There is a continuing change programme with plenty of opportunity to develop yourself and your career."
"Salaries aren't as high as private sector, but the great benefits package does make up for that. The council offer flexible working and lots of opportunity to build a long-term career in an ever changing government organisation. If you like the challenge of continuous change, this could be the place for you."
"If feel that my work for the council is hugely valuable. That I am supporting some incredibly important services. The organisation is forward-thinking in terms of ways of working, offering good technology and working-from-home benefits, all underpinned by an understanding management culture."
"The council is a good place to work if you want to work part time. You have access to ongoing learning. Management on the whole is good. Everyone works very hard, focused on doing something worthwhile and helping professionals, and keen to demonstrate that they are offering good value for money."
"Working for the council is challenging and stimulating. Social Care is difficult but rewarding when the quality of the service can be maintained. There is a genuine culture of reward for hard work. Social Care is a changing and evolving service, and the council has a dynamic reputation."
"The council is a great place to work with lots of room to progress. They provide lots of training and you’re always kept up to date with additional training. I’ve learned a lot in my time here and really enjoy the reasonability that I am given."