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Employee Benefits

So what can you expect in return for all your hard work? A first class benefits package which has been designed to help you balance your career with what you do with the rest of your time. Join us, and you can expect: 

• 24 days annual leave, rising to 29 days (plus 9 public and extra statutory days) 
• Annual salary reviews 
• Local Government Pension Scheme - a contributory (5.5%- 7.5%)  CARE (Career Average Revalued Earnings) scheme, with the option of a tax-free lump sum on retirement and no administration costs 

• Flexible working arrangements includes flexi-time, job-share, part-time hours, and in some instances, home working 
• Generous maternity and paternity provision 
• Parental, dependants, adoption and bereavement leave 
• Transport loans - low interest rates for cars and interest free bicycle and bus pass loans 
• Child Care Voucher scheme - part of your salary can be exempted from National Insurance and exchanged for child care 
• Long-term unpaid leave - once you’ve worked for us for over two years you can request a long break to study or train, to care for children or work in a voluntary capacity, or to go travelling 
• Independent counselling service - Interchange is a confidential service, which gives you the opportunity to talk about any issue that may be troubling you, home or work related. Counsellors work outside of the Council environment in an informal setting. We will pay for up to four sessions 
• Car share schemes 
• Paid study leave and assistance with other training and development

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