Benefits of working here

Our benefits package reflects our desire to nurture our social workers because we know the work can be demanding. In addition to a comprehensive and competitive package, we provide innovative support including mindfulness training.

Golden hello

ESCC offer a £3,000 golden hello* payable to those recruited to specific teams:

  • Locality teams in Hastings
  • Children’s Disability Service.

*Subject to terms and conditions

Work more flexibly

To improve work-life balance we offer a nine-day fortnight. The hours when you are working will, of course, need to meet the needs of your team and be agreed with your line manager.

Time to invest in professional development

To ensure you have the time to improve your learning, you are encouraged to dedicate at least five days a year to your professional development.

Our wellbeing package includes free physio, counselling and mindfulness training

Help with your relocation

We can offer staff assistance with the cost of moving (up to £8,000), if you are making a move that’s more than 20 miles*. This includes assistance from one of our social work teams who will act as your relocation host to assist you with useful local knowledge of housing, schools and leisure activities.

*Subject to the terms and conditions of our relocation policy

Join a dynamic and digital organisation

We encourage Social Workers to work in an agile way. That means 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, including tablets and smart phones, to do your job efficiently from wherever you are. For instance, you can ‘meet’ with colleagues via Skype or even share and work on documents together with a colleague at the other end of the county.

Travel benefits

  • Car leasing scheme (not available to Newly Qualified Social Workers – minimum time in service applies)
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Vehicle loan scheme
  • Bicycle loan scheme
  • Interest-free loan package for driving lessons.

Career break scheme

You can apply for a career break of 6–12 months after two years’ continuous service.

We’re family friendly

We provide additional leave options for maternity, paternity, dependency and parental leave.

Mindfulness training to strengthen your resilience

We know that social work is very demanding, so we support all our social work staff with comprehensive mindfulness training to help you cope when the going gets tough.

Staff discounts

ESCC offer staff a range of discounts on holidays, shopping and special promotions as well as tax free childcare and kids clubs.

24-hr counselling service

We offer our staff a 24-hours a day, 365 days a year counselling service. All calls are answered by a fully trained and qualified counsellor, who will provide initial emotional support, and can then arrange face-to-face counselling as appropriate.