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The world of work has transformed, and we are at the forefront of that change. Our colleagues have helped to shape a new approach where we constantly develop, our jobs are more rewarding, and flexible ways of working are encouraged. 

Learning and growth

You’ll be encouraged and supported to grow and develop your knowledge, skills and career. You are in the driving seat and can choose to pursue a wide range of experiences and career journeys across a large and varied organisation. We focus on continued personal growth and how your own progression supports the Council priorities.

From regular catch ups and appraisals to dedicated pathways like leadership and management development, coaching and mentoring, and digital skills, you’ll have access to a range of opportunities and solutions that will help you achieve your own career goals.

You could choose to pursue a professional qualification and will be encouraged to have career conversations with your manager. There is also a comprehensive e-learning suite, face-to-face workshops and opportunities to shadow and learn from colleagues.

Reward and benefits

We offer a competitive salary and extensive reward and benefits package, and you’ll be able to access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (with an employer contribution rate of 23%) with defined benefits when you retire.

You’ll have up to 31 days annual leave each year.  Even more flexibility is offered with the option to purchase more annual leave if you need to.  And, to support you in the very best way that we can, when you really need it, there are other leave options for those unexpected situations too.

As an employee, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of our Working Rewards scheme, which provides you with access to salary sacrifice schemes like home and technology, bikes and cars.  There are also great discounts at a variety of retail and leisure outlets for shopping, travel, holidays and cinema tickets.

Our colleagues take pride in doing great work that makes a real and positive difference, and recognising your contribution is central to the ethos of the Council. Our Reward and Recognition Framework highlights great performance and team effort and offers a range of flexible rewards to say thank you and well done.


Many job roles provide real flexibility in how and where you do your job.  You could be working from home for a few days a week, or all week, or be working in different locations across the borough.  Where the job roles allow, you’ll be supported to be flexible in your working hours too.


You’ll have the technology you need to work effectively and make sure that you can build important connections with colleagues and feel part of the team.  Our employees say that this flexibility makes real difference to them, helping them to juggle other commitments and spend less time commuting.

Our modern and flexible offices are in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Winsford and have been designed with a range of facilities to suit how you need to work.  There are collaborative spaces to work with colleagues, individual spaces to concentrate, as well as meeting rooms when you need to bring colleagues together, with the technology in place to support you along the way.  These collaborative spaces are available for all employees to use when they need to. 

Equality and inclusion

We want people to be themselves.


We value equality in everything we do and believe our organisation is stronger when it reflects the diversity of our communities. 


This really matters to us, and we hold several accreditations demonstrating our commitment, including the highest level of the Equality Framework for Local Government. 

In January 2019, we became one of the first councils in the country to achieve the highest Leader level of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme and, in March 2020 we gained the Navajo Cheshire and Merseyside LGBT+ Charter Mark, demonstrating our commitment to LGBT+ inclusion for our colleagues and residents.


We are striving for inclusivity and our active diversity networks help us to bring this to life by sharing ideas, raising awareness of challenges, offer confidential support and helping to promote positive change. 

We’re proud to support our colleagues from the armed forces with our accreditation under the Armed Force Covenant.


Our role as a corporate parent for those children in our care is important to us and we are committed to continuing that support through our work as part of the Care Leavers Covenant by helping those who are care experienced into employment. 


Our guaranteed interview scheme means that if you apply for one of our jobs, identify as being part of one of these groups, and meet the minimum requirements of the job then we will guarantee you an interview.


Wellbeing at work

We know our colleagues have the answer to many of our challenges. We encourage our team members to have their say, ask questions, challenge and get involved to make things better.


Being a positive and supportive working environment is one of our most important priorities. You’ll have access to a network of resources - from a comprehensive intranet wellbeing section, packed with tips and guides to your physical and mental wellbeing, to a specialist Employee Assistance Programme, open 24/7.


You may wish to become one of our Workplace Wellbeing Champions and help inform and promote the Council’s wellbeing opportunities to your colleagues.

We work closely and positively with our recognised trade unions UNISON, GMB and UNITE to make sure that the views of our colleagues are heard.

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