What we offer

You are at the heart of everything we do.

Bracknell Forest Council understands that a motivated workforce is the most important factor for it to be successful. It is vital that our employees feel rewarded for their contribution and we'll make sure that you have access to all the training, coaching and development you need to achieve your goals - as you help us achieve ours.

Bracknell Forest has a strong and stable team of permanent staff with a low vacancy rate and agency staff rate.*
 
In February and March 2017 we asked social workers and family workers to tell us their views about working for Bracknell Forest.
 
77% of staff strongly agreed or agreed that senior managers were approachable, accessible and responsive.
 
"I receive very positive and timely supervision"
 
"Supervision has been of good quality and offers opportunity to reflect on my responsibilities and practice"
 
"I am happy with supervision and find it a platform to reflect, assess and at times off load emotions and the impact of social care on health and wellbeing".
 
Social Care Health Check February/March 2017
 
Take a look at some of the following benefits on offer for social care staff at Bracknell Forest.

Retention payment

All staff within our Under 11s, Over 11s, Duty and Disabled Children’s Teams are entitled to a retention payment as follows:

Social Workers – £2000 per annum

Senior Practitioner – £2000 per annum

Assistant Team Managers – £3000 per annum

Team Manager – £4000 per annum

Head of Service - £5000 per annum

The retention payment is paid on successful completion of each years' service until 30/9/2018.

Market Premia

All social work staff are entitled to a market premia payment until 30/9/2017 as follows:
 
Social Workers – 11.5% of basic salary
 
Senior Practitioner – 9% of basic salary
 
Assistant Team Managers – 4% of basic salary
 
Team Manager – 5.5% of basic salary
 
Head of Service - 5.5% of basic salary

Essential car user allowance and free car parking

We offer a £963 car user allowance and free parking at our Time Square office base.

Learning and development

It is important to us that you feel confident and able to do a good job.  We actively encourage all employees to take up the wide variety of learning and development available.  We use a formal appraisal process and electronic training needs analysis to identify skills gaps and personal development opportunities.

As well as face to face workshops, we support coaching and mentoring opportunities, secondments, project working and access to a range of e-learning.

In the recent Social Care health check employees felt training at Bracknell Forest was excellent.

Pension

Bracknell Forest Council operates the Local Government Pension Scheme. This is a final salary pension scheme. Contributions depend on your salary (ranging from 5.5% to 7.5% of gross salary) and full tax relief is given.

Flexible working

We understand the importance of a healthy work and lifestyle balance for our staff. Whether you have an appointment, are waiting for a delivery at home or want to go to your son or daughter’s sports day – there are always occasions that arise that you don’t want to miss and just wish you could come into work late or early.  Using the flexitime system, you can take time off without using your annual leave. 

Bracknell Forest Benefit Choices

Working for Bracknell Forest entitles you to a large variety of rewards and benefits. This will give you access to shopping vouchers from high street retailers such as Sainsburys, leisure centre membership and an excellent sports and social club. Find out more about Bracknell Forest Benefit Choices.

Relocation package

A relocation package of up to a maximum of £8,000 is available if you are moving from over 40 miles away to within 15 miles of your workplace. This includes a lodging or travel allowance plus assistance with moving expenses. In addition, a monthly allowance can be paid for 4 years to cover regional differences in house prices. This is available for both those who have yet to take their first step on the property ladder and for existing home-owners.  The full details are available in the Relocation booklet.

Save 5% on Sainsbury's shopping

If you choose Sainsbury’s vouchers as part of your salary package, you could save 5% on all purchases in store including homeware and TU clothing – £100 worth of vouchers will only cost you £95.