What can we offer you

“We’ll give you every opportunity to develop and achieve your full potential.”

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Rewards and benefits

Holiday allowance

You’ll enjoy a generous holiday allowance. You’ll also be able to buy extra days through our salary sacrifice scheme.

Staff discounts

We all love to save money on the things we buy. As well as discounts on everything from bikes and laptops, to cinema tickets, insurance to professional memberships, our My Staff Shop scheme gives you access to thousands of deals, savings and benefits from national and local businesses.

Salary sacrifice scheme

We’ve a range of services in place to help you understand and improve your financial health.

Cycle to Work scheme

Buy a new bike and safety equipment through salary sacrifice and take off the tax – that’s a big saving!

My New Car salary sacrifice scheme

If you’re looking for a new car, this scheme gives you access to a range of over 4,000 brand-new factory order cars on three- or four-year deals.

Pension scheme

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a secure pension that keeps pace with any cost of living increases. Your monthly pension contributions are boosted by tax relief and additional employer contributions. You’re also able to make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVC). Any payments you make are deducted from your salary with full tax relief.

Flexible working

Because we all have lives outside work, we’ll help you balance work and home commitments in a way that’s suits you.


We’ll make sure that you have the technology you need to do your job to the best of your abilities. And importantly, technology that enables you to work smarter and work flexibly, and work where and when you need to. We also have a number of smart offices dotted across the county, which you’re able to work from.

Learning and development

Your personal and professional development means everything to us. We’re passionate about growing our own talent and giving you the opportunity to take your career in the direction you want it to go. This way, you achieve your full potential, love what you do, and do it brilliantly. Everyone’s happy.


We’ve an impressive and very active network of qualified and experienced coaches here. They support our people through formal coaching and mentoring sessions. Many of our people have found coaching incredibly useful when taking on a new role or challenge. If you manage people here, we offer a coaching course to help you learn to use coaching as a management tool.

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One of the less obvious ways to increase your skills is through volunteering. As well as being great for local communities, it’s brilliant for boosting self-confidence, or developing teamworking skills. That’s why we encourage everyone here to give it a go. We’ll give you up-to five days a year paid time off to do your bit. Now that’s got to be worth doing.

Championing diversity and inclusion

We’re proud to be here for the people of Somerset. And that means everyone in Somerset. When you start working with us, we’ll ask you to do half a day of equal opportunities training. We also have a number of policies and initiatives in place to support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Our support networks include:

Equality and Diversity Forum
Wellbeing Network
Armed Forces Network
BME NOW Network
Carers Network
Disability Network
LGBTQ+ Network
Men’s Health and Women’s Health networks

Foster Friendly Organisation

As an official Foster Friendly Organisation, we recognise and support the responsibilities of Foster Carers and Approved Kinship Carers. Approved Kinship Carers are now specifically referenced within our Fostering Policy. This means that if you have this arrangement, you’re able to benefit from paid time off to settle the child, and attend Social Care meetings, in the same way that Foster Carers already do. Like other parents, Kinship and Foster Carers are also eligible to take unpaid time off to deal with emergencies of those in their care.


Veterans Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to the Veteran community, we’re really pleased to offer a Veterans Guaranteed Interview Scheme. That means if you’re a Veteran, or the partner of a Veteran – including bereaved, who’s been in service in the last five years, you’ll be guaranteed an interview if you apply and meet the essential criteria for the job.

 As an official signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, we recognise the valuable transferable skills veterans bring, and want to support ex-service personnel to access our employment opportunities.

Care Leavers Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to the care leaver community, we are proud to offer a Care Leaver Guaranteed Interview Scheme for all care leavers of any age, where the essential criteria of a role are met.

Supporting flexible working

If you’re looking for some flexibility in where or how you work, we’ll try to support you. Most of our people enjoy the option of flexible working hours, with different start and finish times, depending on their and our needs. Depending on your role, you may be able to work part of the day or part of the week. Some of our jobs are also potentially open to job share. It’s a great way for working parents to fit work around family responsibilities.

Some of our roles are also available for term time working. This means you’ll be on a permanent full or part-time contract, with the ability to take unpaid leave during the school holidays. If the role allows, you’ll have the flexibility to use the workspace at any of our locations. You also may have the option to work from home, as and when you need to, due to domestic, or health reasons. We’ll also help you to support the local community, by offering up to two days’ paid time off each year for voluntary work.