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At Cumbria County Council we value all staff and support them as we work towards our common goals. We also want our social workers to get the most out of life. To help our employees strike the right work / life balance, we offer some excellent staff benefits

Children
Children’s Services works to achieve the best for every child, young person and family in Cumbria, with social workers playing a key role.
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Adults
In 2009 the Care Quality Commission rated Cumbria County Council Adult Social Care with a score of excellent in the way we support people in Cumbria.
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Recognising achievement

We believe that the commitment of our staff deserves recognition and the Cumbria County Council Excellence Awards scheme showcases some of our brightest stars. Now into its fifth year, the awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of the people that work here. In 2009, we were proud to see social care staff and teams receive gold, silver or bronze awards in all of the categories.  

Pay

Our starting salary for social workers is between £20,858 and £25,472. 

All staff who show flair and commitment will have the opportunity to progress to Senior Practitioner (£29,236 to £31,754) and Team Manager (£32,800 to £35,430) roles.

Pension

Being a part of the Local Government Pension Scheme provides you with a secure future income. The council pays on average, twice as much into your pension as you do and regular costs of living increases. 

Other financial benefits

We all know it can be expensive to move house for a new job, but we may be able to help you. The council has a generous relocation package for new staff who are moving from more than 30 miles away. The scheme assists you with travel allowances and the cost of storage and removals. To check if you would be eligible for assistance, please have a chat with the recruiting manager.     

We’ve introduced a more flexible way for employees to meet childcare costs. You can choose to take part of your pre-tax salary in childcare vouchers which could save you up to £1196 a year from tax and National Insurance.

Wellbeing

Whether working with children or adults, our social workers are provided with the support they need. We take the general wellbeing of all our staff seriously and understand that being a successful social worker isn’t easy and requires a supportive environment.

We want to improve the well-being of our employees both in and out of the workplace. We are family friendly and committed to ensure a good work/life balance. Our ‘well-being for life’ initiative provides information, help and ideas to raise awareness of your health, your safety, your money, your mind and your time.

We provide all display screen users with a free eye test on request. We have a corporate eye care scheme which includes the eye test and a pair of glasses if required for display screen use. 

We are working to ensure a high level of supervision for staff to ensure that you have a managable caseload.

We’re committed to helping you be ‘green’ in you work and travel and we encourage employees to cycle to work by providing significant discounts on the price of a new bike and safety equipment.

Flexibility

We seek to utilize the mass of available technology to make social work as flexible as possible. Cumbria County Council has exceptional flexible working policies to help staff balance their work life with other commitments and interests.

Our flexible working policy allows you to manage your work hours and plan your life more easily. Our annual leave allowance isn’t too bad either, 21 days per year, rising to 25 after 5 year’s service and 27 after 10 years. 

Working environment

We appreciate the importance that our working environment can have on our daily lives and are continuously seeking to improve. As part of a ‘Better Places for Work’ pilot initiative, but adult’s and children’s social workers on the west coast are about to move into a completely refurbished building overlooking Whitehaven’s beautiful docks. The modern office has been tailored around the needs of social workers, designed to facilitate flexible working and create an open, collaborative and supportive environment.   

Consultation and communication    

In recent years we have been working hard to improve the ways in which we listen to our staff and ensure their views inform the way we work. We regularly update all staff of the work of the council and actively seek feedback and suggestions through staff surveys, workshops and roadshows.