Kirklees is set in the heart of West Yorkshire and has a growing population of 425,500 (source: Kirklees Fact Sheets, Population and households, November 2013).

With the two major centres of Huddersfield and Dewsbury it also encompasses the smaller towns of Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite.

We are a metropolitan single tier authority, the 13th biggest local authority in the UK in terms of population. We have an elected Leader and Cabinet structure, and a very talented and dedicated workforce across five directorates:

  • Children and Young People
  • Place
  • Resources
  • Communities, Transformation and Change
  • Commissioning, Public Health and Adult Social Care
Employee Benefits

Professional Development

Our learning and development covers in-house training, online courses, college courses, external trainers, coaching - a whole variety of things - designed with one purpose - to give you the right skills, confidence and support to really achieve your potential. In addition, the council's MiPod site is full of useful, interesting and creative information and links to challenge, motivate and resource you to become the best you can be.

Transport and travel

Transport services are experienced, qualified professionals responsible for the servicing, MOT, maintenance and general upkeep of the council's fleet. As an additional service they offer a range of services including full MOTs and servicing, maintenance, fault finding, diagnostics and repairs to Kirklees Council employees and their families at competitive rates.

Parking

Council employees are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). When most people first start working, a retirement pension is one of the last things they think about. As you get older and take on more responsibilities, you may begin to wonder how you will manage when you come to retire or what would happen to your family if anything happened to you. Benefits include:

Financial support and Pensions

Discounted daily parking is available if a quarterly or annual season ticket is purchased.

  • Guaranteed pension for life that goes up every year in line with the cost of living
  • You can give up part of your pension for a tax free lump sum
  • You can get a pension at any age if you become too ill to work
  • You can retire from age 55 if you're made redundant or your employer consents
  • You can retire from age 55 on reduced benefits
  • If you die, there is a lump sum death grant of at least three times your pay and also pensions for your spouse, civil partner, nominated cohabiting partner or eligible children
  • You can pay extra to increase your pension benefits

For further details on the pension scheme visit www.wypf.org.uk or telephone 01274 434999. Alternatively contact the pensions team at Kirklees by telephoning 01484 221000 and ask for pensions.

Insurance

The council meets the loss of the first years no claims bonus of employees involved in accidents or damage to their vehicles whilst on official council business and in receipt of an official council mileage allowance.

The council insures employees in the case of a personal accident and/or assault whilst carrying out council duties.

Travel discounts

Annual Metrocard discount scheme for council employees

  • Save over £150 on your commuting, leisure and business journeys
  • Get 20% discounts on the cost of Annual Metrocard (15% of this discount is paid by metro and 5% by the council)
  • Interest-free payments via salary/wage deductions
  • Spread payments throughout the year
  • Unlimited travel on bus services throughout West Yorkshire
  • Unlimited travel on train services within your chosen zone
  • No administration fee
Work life balance

Kirklees council offers a number of provisions and flexible working practices to benefit their employees.

  • Holiday entitlement (including public holidays) of 35.5 days (less than 5 years service) or 40.5 days (5 or more years service)
  • Variety of special leave provisions and family and friends policies
  • Employee healthcare providing a range of services
  • Childcare voucher scheme (www.kiddivouchers.com scheme reference number: S849019A)
Maximum weekly working hours

The working time regulations advise how many hours, as a maximum, employees can work in one week and specifies what rest breaks they must have.

To support your well-being, Council employees aged 18 and over must not work more than 192 hours in any four week period. This requirement includes compliance with the European Working Time Regulations. (Exceptions can be made for busy periods, emergencies and people working away from home).

We do not support arrangements for employees to opt out of the working time regulations.

When applying for a job it is your responsibility to make sure that the total time spent on all your jobs does not exceed European working time regulations and that you give yourself sufficient rest time.

Recruiting managers may discuss this with you at interview.

If you're under 18, you can't work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Employment policies