Our values and benefits

Herefordshire Council's PEOPLE values are designed as a set of principles to shape the future culture, guide the way it acts, what is said, how employees think and to help them when making choices and decisions:

  • People: Treating people fairly, with compassion, respect and dignity
  • Excellence: Striving for excellence, and the appropriate quality of service, care and life in Herefordshire
  • Openness: Being open, transparent and accountable
  • Partnership: Working in partnership and with all our diverse communities
  • Listening: Actively listening to, understanding and taking into account people's views and needs
  • Environment: Protecting and promoting our outstanding natural environment and heritage for the benefit of all


Benefits of working for Herefordshire Council

The council aims to help employees achieve and maintain a good work-life balance and a number of arrangements are in place to support this:

  • Flexible working, including opportunities to job share
  • Government pension
  • Occupational maternity and adoption pay
  • Birth and adoption support leave (also known as paternity leave)
  • Shared parental leave
  • Parental leave
  • Time off for dependants
  • Career break

Career development

  • Full induction for new employees
  • Formal personal performance development discussions with your manager
  • Regular 1:1s to review progress and objectives
  • Training courses, development opportunities and payment of professional fees

Your community and environment

  • Special paid leave for 'community' activities such as being a school governor, magistrate or volunteering for charity work

Travel plan initiatives such as:

  • Cycle to work scheme offering discounts on bicycles
  • Staff discounts at local cycle stores
  • Car sharing scheme including priority car parking at some offices and an emergency lift home for car sharers
  • Pool bikes and pool cars

Diversity and inclusion

  • Genuine commitment to creating a working environment where people are valued for who they are backed up by equalities policies covering all strands of diversity
  • View the council's equality policy

Health and wellbeing

  • Occupational health
  • Access to professional and confidential counselling
  • Fast track physiotherapy
  • Eye tests (subject to conditions)
  • Discounted adult membership with Halo Leisure (proof of employment required)
  • Staff health and wellbeing advice and guidance
  • Occupational sick pay

Annual leave and other ad hoc leave

  • 25 days per year (or 30 after 5 years Local Government service). This entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis for part-time employees
  • Full-time employees are contracted to work 37 hours per week
  • Subject to the needs of the service, these hours can be worked flexibly

Other benefits

  • Child Care Voucher Scheme
  • Access to Money Box credit union through payroll deductions
  • Relocation expenses - the council's relocation expenses scheme will assist you with any moving costs up to the value of £5,000 (subject to eligibility)

Travel, car allowances and schemes

  • Mileage allowances at 45p per mile are paid when employees use their car for council business
  • Car-sharing - mileage allowances are paid at a higher level when employees provide transport for a colleague
  • Mileage rates are also paid for employees using mopeds, motorcycles or bicycles in the course of their duties