Employee benefits

We offer staff benefits to our employees

As a County Council employee, there is a diverse range of benefits to help and support you during your employment. Please note that most of these benefits are available to all employees but some have specific eligibility criteria.

- Benefits of working for East Sussex County Council

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Discounts and offers for everyday expenses

Our staff benefits site includes a wide range of offers and discounts to help you make everyday savings on:

  • Shopping and groceries, including discounts with Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose and Asda
  • Department stores like Argos and Amazon
  • Cinema tickets at major chains including Odeon and Cineworld
  • Days out and attractions like Thorpe Park, Chessington, Sealife Centres and Alton Towers
  • Gym memberships
  • Dining and eating out
  • Finance and utilities


We offer a range of ways to help staff travel to and from work:

  • interest-free loans for season tickets, bicycles, rental deposits and driving lessons, plus competitive loans for vehicles
  • a cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme (as well as secure bike sheds and showers at some locations)
  • car and motorbike leasing
  • car share scheme
  • discounts on bus and train tickets via Easit


As ESCC is a corporate customer, employees can access exclusive discounts from Dell, Microsoft and O2. Typical savings include:

  • Up to 25% off of airtime plans with 02 open
  • Save 30% on Microsoft Office and 10% on surface devices with Microsoft Home Use Programme
  • Up to 20% off of computers and accessories with Dell Employee Advantage

Pension scheme

Most of our employees choose to be members of the Local Government Pension Scheme which offers an excellent range of benefits, including a career average pension when you retire. You can find out more on the East Sussex Pension Fund website

We also offer a tax-efficient Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme, allowing you to pay more into your pension if you choose.

Some of our jobs may offer eligibility to alternative schemes; details will be available to applicants.

Supporting work-life balance

Minimum annual leave entitlement of 25-29 days for employees on our Single Status pay scale, and 26 -31 days for those on our LMG pay scale, pro-rata and dependent on grade and length of service, plus public holidays.

We also provide enhanced maternity pay, an additional leave purchase scheme, and a range of support for flexible and hybrid working.

A commitment to professional development

All roles include comprehensive training and induction, and as an organisation we our committed to ongoing professional development of all employees. Many roles include the opportunity to gain a professional qualification via an Apprenticeship. We also run a coaching and mentoring programme, and programmes to develop future leaders and managers.

If your role requires registration with a professional body, we will reimburse the cost.

Employee Assistance Programme

Via our external partner, employees can gain access to free and confidential counselling as well as legal and financial advice to help them in times of need.

We also offer a range of resources and initiatives to help  support employee wellbeing. These include a Mental Health First Aid programme, and targeted guidance on topics including mid-life, menopause, parenthood, nutrition and men’s health.

Healthcare providers

Our employees are eligible to join healthcare provider schemes such as HSF Health Fund and Simplyhealth.

Financial wellbeing

Employees are eligible to join the Wave Community Bank credit union, a not-for profit co-operative offering savings and loans via salary deduction. We also have access to financial education, savings and loans from Salary Finance.

Give As You Earn

Employees can donate pre-tax from their salary to support charities of their choice.