You will have access to the Local Government Pension Scheme which will provide you with an income in retirement, payable for life and may give your loved ones financial security in the event of your death or ill health. Our scheme is known as a Defined Benefit pension scheme. The benefits you build up are based on a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) basis. It is a very secure scheme because the benefits are set out in law. This means that your pension earned each year is based on your actual pensionable pay received in each scheme year (1 April to 31 March) and not on the contributions you pay.
You will be admitted to the Scheme automatically from your first day of employment. You pay in a percentage of your salary and we will also pay a percentage depending on your salary level. You can also opt to pay in Additional Voluntary Contributions to improve your pension. You will get death in service benefit to the value of three times your salary and have access to a Credit Union.
Your normal working week will incorporate Monday to Friday working and your hours of work are flexible according to the reasonable requirements of the organisation (not fewer than 37 hours per week on average).
However, you will be expected to attend whenever and for as long as may be reasonably required for the successful performance of the job, for example Councillor meetings are often held in in the evening so a flexible approach is required. Accordingly, no regular working arrangements are specified. Overtime is not payable.
We offer a generous holiday entitlement – a minimum of 30 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 32 after 10 years’ service with Reading Borough Council. We also offer the opportunity to buy annual leave should you wish to.
We provide a range of family friendly provisions including maternity, paternity, and parental and adoption leave. We also recognise that at times you may have caring responsibilities for other dependants and provide other leave in addition to career breaks.
A modern working environment and supportive practices
We moved into our new Civic Offices in the heart of Reading in 2014, which provides flexible state-of-the-art facilities.
Wherever possible we offer a flexible workstyle. We are committed to providing a wide range of positive working patterns such as 9-day fortnight and part time, flexitime and home working etc. Employees in most areas and at all levels may be considered for flexible workstyle regardless of personal circumstances, seniority, current working pattern, employment status (permanent/fixed term), although the ability to work flexibly will depend very much on the job you do and the service area.
Discounted parking is available for all staff close by at several Reading Borough Council car parks.
We have a number of pool cars available for use by staff that need to make regular visits or attend appointments outside of the office.
Trains, buses and bicycles
We are located in the centre of Reading just outside the Oracle shopping centre and within easy reach of the main Reading Train Station (10 mins walk). Buses to Reading town centre are plentiful and there are bicycle racks right outside the front door.
We have a bike scheme where you can buy or hire a new bike via a salary sacrifice scheme and we offer staff season ticket loans and discounted travel with Reading Buses.
We have several relocation schemes which offer assistance for those looking to relocate to Reading. Support of up to £8,000 is available to staff relocating from at least 50 miles away and who are moving to within 25 miles of their work base location.
Kennet Day Nursery is Reading Borough Council’s workplace day nursery situated in the Civic Offices in Reading town centre. The nursery is easily accessible by car, train or bus.
Rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2016 Kennet offers high quality day care for children aged 3 months to 5 years. The nursery is open to children who have a parent or guardian that works for Reading Borough Council and is also open to other public sector workers. However, RBC staff have priority access and discounted rates.
The nursery is open from 8am – 6pm and offers full and part time sessions with a minimum of 3 sessions per week. Demand for a place at the nursery is very high so it is strongly recommended that you place your name on the waiting list at the earliest possible time.
Kennet accepts all childcare vouchers and offers 30 hours funding to eligible families stretched across the full year.
For more information please contact Ita McGullion, Nursery Manager on: 0118 9372509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and wellbeing
Our Employee Assistance Programme offers advice on issues such as consumer and statutory rights, state benefits, landlord and tenant problems, dealing with noisy neighbours or tackling debt. The programme is available to all staff and provides telephone access to a range of advice, information and personal support including counselling and dealing with stress, relationship problems, bereavement or improving your assertiveness skills.
We have a health and wellbeing programme and take an active part in the Healthy Workplace Challenge and we have ample cycle facilities including lockers, showers and drying facilities at the Civic Offices.
When it comes to the social side of things, we have lots going on; our Staff Club runs a range of events like pub quizzes and theatre trips and we have lots of discounts available to staff for local sports, leisure and retail activities.
Your appointment is not subject to a probationary period, but you will be expected to make significant achievements in implementing organisational targets and programmes and to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to your role which will set an example to your peers.
Place of work
Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU.