We offer a generous annual leave allowance of 27 days per year, plus 8 days public holidays. This increases to 32 days plus public holidays after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to a standard 36 hour working week, a flexi-time scheme and a range of other policies to support flexibility.
WorkSmart is Wirral Council’s agile working programme which uses digital technology to empower staff to work in a more flexible way, be more responsive to the needs of residents and achieve a greater work-life balance.
WorkSmart means focusing on outcomes rather than tasks. Our aim is to deliver positive outcomes for residents. Many staff are no longer restricted to a single desk, or even office, and do business from anywhere and at anytime in a way that best meets the needs of the council using digital tools like Microsoft Teams to connect with colleagues.
Our learning culture
We develop and invest in our people. Our employees career aspirations are important to us. We want to know what matters to them. We want to know how we can help them in the next step on their journey. We encourage learning in the flow of work, we know that collaborative learning works really well here. Most importantly, we strive for a person led learning culture. Our people are supported by their managers in their learning and backed by the organisation.
Employees have the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), which is a tax approved occupational pension scheme. Benefits are based on the length of your membership and final salary. As a statutory funded pension scheme covered by legislation, it offers greater security than other pensions.
EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
This is an independently managed free and confidential service for employees and their families which is available 24hrs a day/7days a week. The programme provides expert advice and counselling in areas such as finances, family and personal problems, work issues, health-related problems, childcare and consumer rights.
Occupational health support
We have an excellent occupational health service to protect and support the health and welfare of our staff within their roles at the council. The service supports line managers and employees by providing advice, guidance and support in relation to employee fitness and suitability, wellbeing linked to illness or health conditions and supporting return to work.
Use of the council's leisure centres is offered at a discounted rate for all Wirral Council employees. This includes access to six swimming pools and seven fitness suites across the borough
Motorcycle and bicycle loan scheme
Employees have the opportunity to take out an interest free loan to purchase a Motorcycle or pedal cycle.
Annual Travel Pass Loan
Loans are available to staff who travel on the Wirral using public transport.
Staff benefits scheme
Wirral Council has a rewards and benefits package for employees. It is free to join and offers a range of discounts in over 7,000 outlets on shopping, dining out, theatre, cinema, experiences and much more. Current schemes offer the opportunity to purchase technology, cars, phones and bicycles.
The Council values the importance of volunteering within the community. To support this employees can take up to 2 days a year to volunteer their help, time and support to make a difference to their local community. Volunteering promotes the development of skills, knowledge, experience and resources and adds personal value to fulfilling activities both for the community and employees.