Pay and benefits
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council currently employs approximately 600 staff offering a vast range of employment opportunities in various different areas of work.
We offer a selection of benefits to our staff. Take a look below at some of the benefits that you can expect from working for us. For a full list of benefits, please take a look at the My benefits page.
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Training and development
We are committed to the training and personal development of our staff and we offer a training and development programme to help those who want to develop or update their skills. For further information please visit our My development page.
We offer new ways of working to meet the demands of employees who want to achieve a better balance between their work and their other priorities (including caring for children or elderly parents, gaining further education and qualifications or pursuing leisure activities).
We employ both full and part-time staff. We also have flexible working hours, which allow us to provide the best customer service possible.
Full-time staff are entitled to 22 days' annual leave, which then rises to 27 days after five years' continuous service in local government, (this is exclusive of eight bank holidays per year). The annual leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Part-time staff receive a pro-rata amount of annual leave and statutory days.
All of our jobs are given a grade which corresponds to the pay scales shown in the document at the bottom of this page. If you are interested in applying for one of our jobs the grade will be clearly marked on the job advert and the job description.
Please note the salary scales will be revised once any pay award is agreed nationally for 2020/21.
Local Government Pension Scheme
We are all aware of how important it is to save for our retirement. All permanent and employed temporary staff aged between 16 and 75 are automatically entered into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
The pension scheme is administered by Hampshire County Council (HCC). For further information on the scheme, please visit For further information on the pension scheme, please visit Hampshire County Council's website.
Healthcare Cash Plan Scheme
The council offers a healthcare cash plan covering day to day healthcare expenditure (up to agreed annual policy limits) such as dental and optical care, as well as other therapies such as chiropractic treatment. This is funded for all employees on an opt-in basis at the basic level of cover, which you can choose to upgrade via monthly payroll deductions from your salary. Family members such as partners can be added for an additional fee, and children can be covered free of charge.
Everyone who works for the council takes part in an appraisal process which is an on-going cycle of review, planning, development and evaluation. It is an opportunity for a two-way conversation between staff and their manager to take an overall look at performance, work content, skills and competencies required to be effective within a job role, to look back on what has been achieved, and to agree objectives, training and development for the next year.
What skills does the council look for in its staff?
Specific skills or experience may be required for certain jobs, but the council also looks for more general skills such as:
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Effective communication skills.
- Commitment, enthusiasm and flexibility.
- Some knowledge of local government.
- Willingness to provide a service to the public.
- Sensitivity to diversity issues.
- Research skills.
- Organisational skills.
- Creativity and innovative thinking.
We expect our leaders and managers to role model our 'going beyond' vision and values, through their behaviours with our staff and our customers, to set a great example to others by doing so. We have set this out in our Leadership and Management Behaviour Framework (PDF) [367kb] (opens in a new window).
Return to work campaign
The Local Government Association and Government Equalities Office have collaborated to release return to work programmes in the following professions:
These programmes are designed to help people return to work following a career break and help councils fill their employment vacancies. This is something that we are supporting, so if you are currently out of work and looking to return to your chosen profession these programmes could help support you. The programmes will provide you with free online training and/or networking opportunities with councils.
Human Resources team