Guide to staff benefits

Find out about our staff benefits

Salary

Salaries are reviewed on an annual basis with reference to national local government pay awards and local market conditions. Any increase is effective from the 1 April. Salary increments are subject to satisfactory performance and are also effective from 1 April, however, if a member of staff has less than six months service by 1 April their increment will be six months from their start date.

Pension scheme

Eligible staff can join the local government pension scheme from the day they start, although it is possible to opt out. The scheme provides a range of excellent benefits including a pension based on final salary, life insurance and dependents' benefits. The scheme is contributory with members contributing between 5.5 percent and 7.5 percent of salary depending on the salary level.

Annual leave

New starters have 23 days paid annual leave, rising one day each year until 28 days (five years service) is reached. Plus in all cases paid leave for bank holidays. The leave entitlement is pro-rata for part-time staff and staff working non standard working patterns. There is also the ability to buy, carry forward or borrow up to five days extra leave per year, subject to approval (pro rata for part-time staff).

Flexible working

A flexitime system is in operation to allow staff more freedom to arrange their working hours to suit their individual needs. Other flexible working patterns including job-sharing, part-time working and home working may be available depending on the needs of the service. Whether a post is suitable for flexible working is at the discretion of the Head of Service.

Child Care Vouchers

Tax free Child Care Vouchers are available to staff with children. These allows parents to use the vouchers in any form of childcare which includes registered child care minders, nurseries, after school clubs, nannies and holiday clubs.

Professional fees

The Council will pay for professional subscriptions needed by the post or service.

Season ticket loan

Interest-free loans are available for season tickets for train and bus travel.

Bicycle loan

Interest-free loans are available for the purchase of a bicycle for use for work purposes and/or travelling to and from work.

Car allowances

These are paid where the postholder is required to use a car for work. Examples of these allowances are below. Car loans are available to staff eligible for a car allowance.

Casual user car allowance is attached to certain posts and is payable if you need to use your car for occasional Council business. This will pay you a rate per mile for all journeys that you make on Council business. This rate will vary according to the engine size of your car.

The information below gives the current rates per mile, but these are likely to change from time to time.

Miles per annum451 - 999 cc1000 - 1199 cc1200 - 1450 cc
0 - 8500 miles46.9 pence52.2 pence65 pence
Over 8500 miles13.7 pence14.4 pence16.4 pence

Essential User Car Allowance is attached to certain posts and is payable if you need to use your car for regular Council business. You will receive, in addition to your salary, an essential user car allowance, to reimburse you for the necessity of using your own car for Council business on a regular basis.

There are two elements to this allowance: a lump sum paid in twelve monthly instalments with your salary, and a rate per mile for all business mileage. Both elements vary according to car engine size and are liable to change from time to time.

The table below should help you to calculate the value of this benefit to yourself, but if you have any questions, please contact Human Resources.

Car cc451 - 999 cc1000 - 1199 cc1200 - 1450 cc
Lump Sum pa£846£963£1239
Rate per mile
First 8500 miles
36.9 pence40.9 pence

50.5 pence

Rate per mile
After 8500 miles
13.7 pence14.4 pence16.4 pence

Health and Well-being

A range of provisions are offered to staff to improve health and well-being such as free periodic medical checks offered in the workplace, free flu jabs, access to a visiting beauty therapist and reflexologist, free counselling and regular eye tests for VDU users. There are also shower facilities available at Knowle Green.

Sports and Social Club

All employees are automatically members of Spelthorne's thriving Sports and Social Club. Many events (often greatly subsidised) are organised throughout the year such as quiz nights, sporting events, theatre trips, discos, riverboat trips, dinner dances, BBQs, golf days, day trips to France.

Other staff benefits

Spelthorne staff are entitled to join the two multi-purpose Leisure Centres in the Borough at a reduced rate. Both have full-sized swimming pools, gym, beauty suite and sports halls (squash, badminton etc). Free showering facilities are also available at Spelthorne Leisure Centre.

Car parking

Parking at the Council Offices, Knowle Green is free.