Staff benefits

We offer competitive salaries, performance related pay and many learning and development opportunities.

Work-life balance

Combining the demands of your work and personal life can be a real challenge.

We offer a range of benefits to help employees achieve a healthy work and lifestyle balance, including:

  • 36 hour working week
  • Generous holiday allowance, 31 days plus bank holidays
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption leave schemes
  • Flexible working arrangements and working from home (depending on service needs)

Workplace pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) offers a range of retirement benefits, plus financial support for your dependents should anything happen to you.

Benefits of contributing to the scheme include:

  • Tax relief on the contributions you pay (if you pay tax)
  • Life cover of 3 times your annual pensionable pay if you die whilst an active member of the scheme
  • Partner’s and children’s pensions (where eligible) if you die
  • A pension based on 1/49th of each year’s pensionable pay
  • When you retire, the option to give up some of your pension in exchange for a tax-free lump sum
  • Pension benefits that increase in line with inflation
  • Flexibility to increase your pension by paying extra
  • Flexibility to pay less by joining the 50/50 section of the scheme
  • Flexibility to retire as early as 55 or as late as 75
  • Pension benefits payable on redundancy after age 55, provided you have been in the scheme for at least 2 years
  • Pension benefits payable on ill health grounds at any age, provided you have been in the scheme for at least 2 years

The Pensions Shared Service administers the LGPS for Camden, Merton, Richmond, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth Councils.

Travel

  • Cycle to work scheme - save up to 32% on the cost of the bike and equipment
  • Season ticket travel - interest free loan to pay for travel between work and home

Discounts and savings

Pay for essentials from your salary to save money, including:

  • Childcare vouchers - pay for childcare vouchers directly from your salary and save around 30% on tax and national insurance contributions
  • Technology products - pay for electronics (such as mobile phone or home technology) directly from your salary and and save around 30% on tax and national insurance contributions

You can also enjoy shopping discounts on a range of products and services, including:

  • Store vouchers
  • Cinema tickets
  • Theme park tickets
  • Local business offers

Health and wellbeing

We encourage and support our staff to lead healthy lifestyles. We offer:

  • Free information and counselling service
  • Free flu immunisation
  • Corporate rate discount on memberships at local gym and leisure centres

Housing and finance

  • Key Worker Housing schemes
  • Other staff loans from approved creditors, with repayments deducted from salary
  • Free financial education seminars to support staff with money matters

Updated: 15 February 2018