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Working for Mendip District Council

Mendip District Council is based in Shepton Mallet, at the centre of the area it serves, occupying purpose built offices on the edge of the town centre.

A mark of Mendip's progressive and innovative approach is the extent to which we have embraced working in partnership and contracting. Some of our key services, including revenues, benefits, financial management and housing management are contracted out. This approach has added to the expertise available for our customers and created significant efficiency savings.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Stuart Brown we currently directly employ about 180 people, based mainly in four groupings, Governance, Assets and Public Spaces, Access to Services, Built Environment and Regulatory Services.

Benefits

There are many benefits working for Mendip District Council.

Annual Leave

Employees receive between 21-27 days a year (pro rata for part-time) according to salary and grade. Up to an additional 5 days are awarded after 5 years continuous local government service.

Pension Scheme

All employees are automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) unless they are on a contract of three months or less. The contribution rate varies between 5.5% and 7.5% of pay according to salary. Further details can be obtained from LGPS

Flexible Working

Through its range of family-friendly policies, the Council seeks to ensure that our employees achieve an improved work-life balance. These can include:
• Flexi-time
• Remote working
• Part-time working
• Flexible working

Child Care Vouchers

An allowance of up to £30 per week for full-time employees (pro rata for part-time employees) is provided subject to the conditions of the childcare voucher scheme. There is also the option of a salary sacrifice scheme enabling employees to claim up to a maximum of £55 in total per week towards their childcare costs.

Learning and Development

The Council operates a Performance Review Scheme whereby each member of staff has regular meetings with their supervisor or line manager in order to discuss targets, performance and progress, and agree areas of development in respect of performance and training.

We recognise the importance of continuous investment in training and development to ensure that staff are able to perform effectively. There is support for a wide range of training and development relevant to the needs of the individual and the organisation including vocational, professional and educational qualifications and continuous development through courses, team meetings, coaching, mentoring and self-development.

Counselling Service

There is an independent and confidential counselling service which is available for all employees. This service is provided free of charge and employees can contact the service in relation to personal and work-related matters.

Sports and Social Club

The Sports and Social Club is an optional club run and organised by a Staff Committee. For an annual subscription fee, events for staff and their families are provided throughout the year and concessionary rates are available at Frome Leisure Centre, Wells Leisure Centre, Strode Swimming Pool and Shepton Mallet Swimming Pool.

About the Mendip Area

The district of Mendip is situated in north-east Somerset, not far from the bustling, historic cities of Bristol and Bath. Mendip covers an area of some 285 square miles (184,700 acres); it encompasses some of Somerset's most attractive and varied landscapes, from the limestone summits of the Mendip Hills to the broad expanse of the Somerset Levels, and includes many of the region's best known tourist attractions, such as Wells Cathedral, Wookey Hole Caves and Glastonbury Abbey.

Each of Mendip's five towns (Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street and the cathedral City of Wells) has its own distinctive character and range of facilities. All are well connected by a network of good main roads and scenic country lanes, with convenient links to neighbouring centres such as Bath, Bristol, Bridgwater, Taunton, Yeovil and the M5 Motorway. Interspersed around the five towns are many attractive villages full of charm and historic interest.

Last modified: 10 July 2017