PAY AND PENSION
Our rates of pay are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain competitive. We like to encourage staff to save for their retirement and offer all eligible staff access to a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme through the Social Housing Pension Trust.
Staff can also approach the Trust to take up flexible retirement, enabling them to continue working part time whilst drawing down some of their pension benefits. In addition, staff can save for the future by making payments from their salary into a Credit Union Account.
We have an overtime, standby and call out payment system to recognise staff who work more flexibly or undertake work in more challenging environments. Our sick pay scheme of up to 6 months full and 6 months half pay is available for times when staff are unwell.
HELPING YOU TO DO YOUR JOB
We provide a number of different transport options ranging from the supply of trade vehicles, to mileage rates for staff for occasional work journeys or a regular car user allowance for staff who frequently use their own vehicle. Staff are able to claim HMRC mileage rates for work related journeys.
We like to help to ensure our staff have the right equipment for their job and supply personal protective equipment, uniforms, Disclosure and Barring Service Checks, phones, computers and tablets. In addition, we also offer allowances for our trade staff to support them with the purchase and use of appropriate tools.
We like to recognise staff who are loyal to the Trust and offer Long Service Awards payments. Staff who retire from the Trust with at least 10 years service will also receive a retirement gift to recognise their contribution towards our achievements.
TIME OFF FROM WORK
We offer maternity/adoption leave for up to 12 months which can be taken by either the expecting or their partner. Paid time off for ante-natal appointments is given, whilst partners can take unpaid leave to attend ante-natal appointments.
Partners can also have up to 2 weeks paternity leave with 5 days full pay and 5 days at SMP.
Staff and Team Leaders receive a leave allowance of 24 days per annum plus 8 bank holidays. This increases to 29 days plus 8 bank holidays after 5 years service. Staff and Team Leaders can also take up to 13 days 'flexi time' off per year. Managers and Directors receive 32 days annual leave per annum plus 8 bank holidays.
Staff can also buy additional annual leave after completing their probationary period.
PLAYING A PART IN OUR COMMUNITY
Staff can take paid time off to support community emergency services during a local emergency i.e. retained fire fighter.
WORK LIFE BALANCE
We support our staff to work flexibly and provide them with the opportunity to request flexible working arrangements and to work from home whenever possible. We recognise that our staff have busy lives outside work and also like to support the communities that they live in. We therefore offer unpaid time off for reservist duties, caring for dependents, public duties and domestic emergencies.
We offer a contribution towards child care costs, with a cash subsidy for children from the ages of 0-11 years, or in the case of disabled children, up to 18 years.
We understand that our staff have to balance work with home life or are keen to develop outside interests and hobbies, we therefore accept applications for career breaks.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR HEALTH
We like to recognise staff who have 100% attendance and provide them with an extra days leave for not being off sick. In addition, we pay a contribution towards eye tests, provide access to an occupational health and counselling services and provide time off to donate blood. We also offer discounted gym membership.
LETTING YOU GROW
We are keen for our staff to develop. Staff therefore have regular appraisals, can apply to work in a secondment role or job swap and are encouraged to apply for promotions. In addition, we offer study and exam leave.
BEING INVOLVED AND HAVING YOUR SAY
Its essential that our staff know what’s happening in the Trust and have a say in the way we work. Staff have the chance to meet with their managers in regular 1-2-1 meetings, attend team meetings and can put forward their ideas during away days and team annual planning days. Our staff views are also represented in regular Joint Staff Forum meetings with our Chief Executive via elected staff and union representatives.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WORK HERE?
We like to think Weaver Vale is a fun and healthy place to work. We have our annual Christmas party, regular dress down days to support a nominated charities, and health challenges to name a few. We also have social events including charity sports events, BBQs’ quizzes and cake sales.