Life at the County Council

1. How we work

We think East Sussex County Council is a great place to work. One of the most important things about working here is the knowledge that you’re working to help others and the real sense of achievement and purpose that brings.

We also offer a wide range of staff benefits.

While almost every role at the Council is different, there are some core principles we all work to in terms of both what we do and how we do it. These are summarised in what we call the ‘East Sussex Way’:

  • We are customer driven and work with our customers to find the best solutions
  • We have clear objectives and deliver great service
  • We take responsibility and do what we say we will
  • We work together as one council
  • We innovate and find better ways of doing things

We think it’s important to trust and empower our staff to use their judgement and we try not to put bureaucracy in their way. We also strive for equality of opportunity in all aspects of work, see Equality and Diversity at the Council.

A forward-thinking approach to new technologies

We embrace new technology and try to harness its capabilities to improve how we deliver services:

  • we use Yammer across all of our corporate departments to enable staff to communicate and share information
  • we use Skype for business so we can keep in touch by instant messaging, video conference and desktop sharing
  • our senior managers host web chats where staff can ask them whatever they want
  • check us out on social media.

Join an agile organisation

Where possible we encourage our staff to work in an agile way. This can mean working at one of our sites with your team, or at home when needed, but always retaining a strong team identity. We will provide you with the technology and equipment, to do your job efficiently from wherever you are. For instance, you can take part in meetings with colleagues at the other end of the county via Skype’s voice and video, and share your screen and work on documents together.

A culture of learning and development

We support a diverse range of learning and development opportunities for our workforce. We also promote a coaching culture to encourage and embed learning at work because we recognise that some of the most impactful learning happens on the job and by reflecting on it with others.

Find out more about some of the learning experiences we offer by visiting our learning portal.

2. Flexible working

The County Council recognises the benefits of supporting its staff to work flexibly and has a diverse range of mechanisms to allow service delivery and personal commitments to be balanced:

  • most of our positions have a full-time working week of 37 hours
  • flexi-time allowing variable start, finish and lunch times and occasional days or half-days off
  • flexible working patterns such as nine-day fortnights, annualised hours, term-time working or job-sharing
  • technology which allows people to work from a range of Council offices or from home, reducing travel time and costs
  • career breaks, allowing an extended period of unpaid absence to pursue other interests.

Whether these things apply to any given role will largely be determined by the requirements of the role and its wider team but most can be requested by an employee if it’s something they are interested in.

We offer a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 23 days per year, increasing based on length of service and grade. Employees can also get paid leave for public duties like being a magistrate or military reserve service.

We also offer excellent sick pay entitlements should you fall ill and we have a comprehensive range of maternity, paternity and adoption entitlements for parents.

3. Equality and diversity

We take every possible step to ensure that all staff are treated fairly and given equal opportunities and support appropriate to their needs.

We ensure that all employment decisions including those on recruitment, selection, promotion, training and career development, are based solely on job-related, objective criteria.

We expect all staff to share this commitment to equality of opportunity and a range of training is provided to support the development of awareness and understanding.

View our Promoting diversity and equality of opportunity in employment policy.

4. Joining the East Sussex community

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