Contract and Pension
Over and above your basic salary and the excellent learning and
development opportunities we offer you a permanent or fixed term
contract of employment and the choice of a competitive occupational
pension scheme and stakeholder pensions, giving you the flexibility
to choose the pension that suits you.
For further information visit the Civil Service
We offer a generous annual leave allowance of 25 days
(increasing to 30 days after 7 years service) plus an extra 2.5
days 'privilege' days leave, plus public holidays. Please note that
if the current pay offer is accepted then from 1 October 2009
annual leave will increase to 30 days after 5 years service.
We provide a working environment where we respect the
contribution you make to the organisation and value the differences
individuals bring to the workplace. In their own way everyone plays
an active role in the success of HSL. We provide a supportive
environment based on teamwork, provide access to a wide range of
information technology and collective and individual
representation. We provide an opportunity for you to make a
difference to the working lives of others.
Work Life Balance
We value our employees and recognise that you may need to
combine work with the demands of family life so we are committed to
family friendly policies including paid family leave (paternity
leave, adoption leave and excellent maternity leave
allowances). In addition we can offer flexible working
arrangements, including part-time and, subject to business needs,
alternative working patterns. To deal with emergencies, special
leave, paid and unpaid, is available depending on certain
conditions. We also offer a salary sacrifice scheme to help
you pay for childcare costs.
We have an independent counselling service, provided by Right
Corecare. They offer confidential help and advice for any issue you
might be having. They have two free phone numbers that are open 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
You will be encouraged to join the appropriate Trade Union and
to play an active part in it. HSE recognises 3 trade unions
for the purposes of negotiating pay and other terms and conditions,
and individual representation if necessary.
Being a Civil Servant means that you can apply to become a
member of the Benenden Healthcare Society, who are a non-profit
organisation. For as little as £1.10 per week you can get the first
class medical help you need, when you need it most.
For further information visit the Benenden
Healthcare Society website
You will have regular assessments to help you work safely with
IT equipment, including free eye tests and help towards the cost of
spectacles if it is determined that you need them for VDU work.
Travel and Transport
You can apply for an interest free loan towards the purchase of
an annual travel season ticket or a bicycle.
The Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) is the UK's
largest private home, leisure and motoring organisation. They offer
their 350,000 members exclusive and money saving benefits.
For further information visit CSMA's web
The Civil Service Benevolent Fund (CSBF) is one of the largest
occupational benevolent funds in the UK and the principal charity
for Civil Service staff and their financial dependants. In previous
years they have awarded nearly £3.5 million to people who had
nowhere else to turn in times of unforeseen misfortune. We aim to
provide services, which meet the changing needs of a modern Civil
information visit the Civil Service Benevolent Fund website
Sports and Social
There is an active Sports and Social Club at Buxton providing
the opportunity for a wide range of sporting and social activities
during and outside office hours.
There is a no smoking policy in all HSL (and HSE) offices and
buildings. You must make sure you understand and can accept this
policy before applying.