Rewards and Benefits

Specific Benefits for Social Workers

As one of our valued Social Workers, you’ll receive a raft of exceptional rewards and benefits including both general employee benefits and those specific to your role.

Retention Bonus

Social Workers within our Children and Families front line and Adults Social Care receive a recruitment and retention bonus of £2,000 per year.

Benefits for all Staff

Training and Development

We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities for staff at all levels of the organisation. This includes introductions to key business topics and line-management as well as leadership and development programmes.

All staff have the opportunity to undertake in-service education that leads to qualifications. There are also short courses on common IT software applications, self-development and personal effectiveness, and becoming an effective manager. Additional support is available for you in your career and personal life through our e-learning zone. You can access e-learning modules and resources from anywhere you want 24/7 – so you will always have access to tools that will support your development.

We recognise the importance of safeguarding vulnerable children and young people, so we’ve made training programmes for frontline Children’s Social Care staff a priority. We offer courses that focus on our statutory duties, as well as sessions that have broader applications to the safeguarding duties we routinely carry out. Our partnership with the University of Bedfordshire also means that Children’s Social Care staff and managers have access to current research and are able to attend exciting professional development conferences.

Flexible Working

The Council is a flexible employer and many employees are already enjoying the benefits of working flexibly. Flexible working means you can balance your working hours with personal commitments: for example childcare. It helps create an environment of trust between the manager and employee.

Staff Discounts

There’s a wide range of discounts available to employees. These include discounts at local dry cleaners (e.g. four items for under £10.00) and preferential rates for BUPA health insurance. There’s also a selection of affordable plans at discounted rates available through Simplyhealth including savings on dental and medical insurance. If you like to keep fit, there’s reduced gym membership when you join one of the borough’s leisure centres. Local government staff also receive discounts rates on line rentals from Orange, whilst Apple offers discounts on computers and computer software.

Childcare Vouchers and Cycle to Work Schemes

Parents of children up to the age of 15 can apply for Childcare Vouchers, the cost of which is deducted at source from the salary, making them free from tax and national insurance.

Tax and National Insurance-free, the Cycle to Work scheme enables you to hire bikes ranging from £100 to £1,000, with the opportunity to purchase the bike at a discounted rate at the end of the hire agreement.

Employee Assistance Programme and Money Advice Service

This provides practical information and resources on a whole range of work, family and personal issues, from work-life balance and relationships to disabilities and bereavement.

The Money Advice Service is an independent service that is available to help people understand and manage their money better.

Credit Union

Owned and run by staff, this provides an easy saving facility and a source of credit at a reasonable rate of interest. Loans are available at short notice.

Sports and Social Club

For a small charge, staff can become members of the Sports and Social Club in the Town Hall Complex. Lunch and beverages are available. There is a regular programme of events held every month (with a small charge for non-members).

Trades Unions

Waltham Forest encourages its staff to join a recognised trades union (Unison, GMB, Unite the Union).

Valuing Diversity

The Council is determined to be an employer of choice for BME people working in the borough and an exemplary developer of BME talent in the public sector. We have a Black and Ethnic Minority Staff Group and the Council has also helped staff to set up a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Working Group to remove barriers faced by LGBT staff and promote equality. Staff are given time off to attend or take part in these groups.