Benefits

My Benefits

At Test Valley Borough Council we value the contribution of our employees to the delivery of high quality services for residents. In return, we offer a selection of benefits for employees to enjoy.

Competitive rates of pay

All of our jobs are graded using the Hay Job Evaluation Scheme and all jobs are given a grade which corresponds to the Council’s pay scales. 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.

Pension

We are all aware of how important it is to save for our retirement. All permanent and temporary employees aged between 16 and 75 who work for us for longer than three months are automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). We deduct monthly contributions from your salary and at the same time, the Council makes a monthly contribution for you too.

The pension scheme is administered by Hampshire County Council (HCC). For further information on the scheme, please visit HCC's webpages.

Annual leave

The Council offers all staff generous annual leave entitlements. Your annual leave is based on your grade and the number of years of continuous service you have in Local Government.

Grade  Basic After 5 years After 10 years After 15 years
1 - 8 24 days 28 days 30 days 32 days
9 - SM3 26 days 29 days 31 days 34 days
Chief Executive/
Directors
28 days 31 days 33 days 36 days

 

 

Part-time employees receive a pro-rata amount of annual leave and statutory days.

Flexible working

Where service needs permit, we offer different ways of working to help meet the needs of employees who want to achieve a better balance between their work and other priorities, e.g. caring for children or elderly parents. We employ both full and part time employees and where working arrangements permit, flexible working hours are available.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Childcare vouchers

Through this scheme, working parents can opt to exchange part of their salary for childcare vouchers. Exempt from tax and NI contributions, childcare vouchers are used to pay for any form of registered or approved childcare, including nurseries, nannies and before and after school clubs. Under the scheme, parents are able to save up to £1196 per year on their childcare, (subject to individual circumstances), by requesting up to £243 per month in vouchers. Further information on the scheme and how to join up can be obtained from our scheme provider, Computershare Voucher Services.

Cyclescheme

To help reduce environmental pollution and promote healthier lifestyles, we operate a tax-free cycle scheme. The cost of a new bicycle and any associated safety equipment will be exempt from both income tax and NI deductions. We operate this scheme through ‘Cyclescheme’.

Free car parking

Free car parking is available when you are working at the main council offices.

Access to confidential counselling service

The Employee Support Service offers you the chance to speak to a fully qualified and experienced counsellor in complete confidence to help resolve any work or home related problems, find solutions and ease any difficulties you may be having.

Simply Health

We have an arrangement with Simply Health which enables staff to purchase a health cash plan which will help you to budget for the cost of visiting the dentist, optician, physiotherapist and a number of other healthcare professionals.

Kaarp

Kaarp provide discounts on a variety of products such as entertainment, shopping, holidays, insurance and motoring.