Staff benefits and pension scheme

We provide a range of benefits to our employees:

Holiday

We offer generous annual leave, which is based on employee's salary point and length of service and will be from 26 to a maximum of 30 days. Employees are entitled to additional leave after completing 5 years if not on the maximum of 30 days. You can also exchange part of your salary and request to purchase up to 10 extra days of holiday a year.

Season Ticket Loan

Interest free loans are available for public transport season tickets, repayable in monthly instalments.

Childcare

Westminster employees can benefit from a significant reduction in the cost of childcare by changing the way they pay for any registered childcare (for children under 15 years old) and signing up to a salary sacrifice Childcare Voucher scheme. From April 2018, this will be replaced by a scheme called Tax Free Childcare (TFC) for new members. Under TFC, eligible families will receive 20% of their annual childcare cost.

Cycle to Work scheme

You can exchange part of your salary in return for the lease of a bike for work , you don’t pay income tax or National Insurance on the price of your new bike so you could typically save anything between 32% and 42% off the normal retail price.

Health and wellbeing

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our people. We have been awarded the achievement level of the 'Healthy workplace charter' which provides standards for workplaces to meet which focuses on the key issues of leadership, culture and accommodation.

We also offer:

• free swimming at any Westminster leisure centre

• discounted gym membership

• discounted on site massage therapist

Employee assistance programme

As a Westminster City Council employee you will have access 24/7 to a free employee helpline so you can speak to professionals and counsellors for advice about your personal, financial and emotional issues.

Pension scheme

We offer a defined benefit pension scheme. On joining the council, you will be entitled to become a member of the Local Government Pension scheme. Your contribution to the pension scheme will be based on the salary band your pay belongs to, tax relief is applicable. 

Supporting and developing staff

We will develop the skills of our people to enable them to perform effectively in their roles both now and in the future. We ensure that the training we offer is relevant to the changing needs of the council, caters for a range of learning styles, is aligned to our vision, values and behaviours and offers choice and flexibility. All new staff will go through the Working the Westminster Way academy programme or Leading the Westminster Way programme for our people in leadership roles.

Work life balance

Westminster City Council is a Timewise Council, which recognises our drive to change flexible working practices for our workforce. We offer access to flexible and part-time work at the point of recruitment and throughout your career. We are an agile employer, empowering and supporting our people to work where, when and how they choose, to maximise their productivity and to deliver their best as well as supporting employee work-life balance. The council also has a range of competitive maternity, paternity, parental pay and leave benefits.

Rewarding your contribution

We have developed a culture where great performance and effort is recognised, rewarded and celebrated.

Professional subscriptions

We will reimburse the cost of one relevant professional subscription each year.

Westminster benefits

We give staff access to a range of discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out and leisure activities.

Volunteering

We encourage our staff to undertake volunteering opportunities that enables them to connect and improve the lives of our most vulnerable residents.


Last updated: 8 March 2018
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