Benefits of working for the council
We know that our staff are our biggest asset. To help us attract and retain the very best we offer:
Local Government Pension Scheme - A career average occupational pension scheme which all employees, aged under 75 and on a contract of over 3 months, are eligible to join.
Salary Sacrifice Childcare Vouchers - Financial support towards childcare through ‘Kiddivouchers’ salary sacrifice scheme worth up to £900 per year tax free.
Personal Finance Advice - Free, independent advice on your personal finances.
Pre-retirement Financial Seminars - Practical, financial and emotional advice for employees approaching retirement.
Relocation allowance - New employees may be eligible to receive financial assistance with relocation.
Health and Wellbeing
Employee Support Service - A confidential counselling service face to face or over the phone.
Cycle to Work Scheme - A hire agreement with the Council to pay back the costs of bicycles and cycling equipment via a salary sacrifice arrangement over a 12 month period – completely tax free.
Leisure Centre Discounts – Staff and often their family members can use a number of leisure centres and sporting facilities at up to 50% off.
Work / Life Balance
Flexible Working - We recognise the importance of balancing home and work life, and can offer flexibility to manage work duties alongside lifestyles and responsibilities.
Flexitime Scheme - Working 9 to 5.30 doesn't suit everyone. We operate a flexitime scheme.
Annual leave - We offer generous annual leave entitlement, which increases with length of service. Our basic annual leave starts at 24 days, rising to 29 after 5 years of service and 31 after 10 years. We allow many employees the option to buy an additional 5 days annual leave per year.
Kaarp scheme - A vast array of benefits including money off driving lessons, reduced rate holiday insurance, discounts on theme park entry fees and much more.
Ford Advantage - Three years free servicing when you buy a new car from a Ford garage.
Microsoft Home User Programme - As part of our Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, staff are able to take advantage of the Microsoft Home Use Programme (HUP), which cuts the cost of the latest Microsoft Software for home use.
Mileage Allowance - If you drive on council business you may be eligible for a lump sum car allowance of up to £750 a year and casual business mileage rates of 45p per mile.
Rail Season Ticket Loan - If you take the train to work you may be eligible for an interest free season ticket loan. If you travel on the Bedford to London line you may be eligible for a 50% discount.
RAC Breakdown Cover - You and your family can benefit from up to 50% off RAC breakdown cover.
Car Parking - There is free car parking available at the 3 main Council locations, however, a parking space cannot be guaranteed. Designated car parking spaces are reserved for disabled drivers and for car sharers.