Last updated:
7 June 2017

Why work for us

Find out what the benefits are for working for West Sussex County Council.

1 Why West Sussex

West Sussex County Council staff say they feel they can make a difference to local residents and reap both professional and personal rewards.

Our focus and Future West Sussex vision is to support the people of West Sussex in leading happier, healthier and longer lives.

Our commitment to sustaining our beautiful environment makes West Sussex one of the most sought after locations in which to live, work and play.

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What you can expect:

  • access to a wealth of learning and development opportunities
  • continuous professional development and growth
  • lifestyle-friendly working arrangements
  • respect for your unique skills and contribution
  • encouragement for your ideas and suggestions for improvements
  • varied career opportunities that allow you to play to your unique talents
  • recognition and reward for a job well done.

In return we expect you to:

  • take personal responsibility
  • support colleagues in achieving results
  • be accountable and innovative in getting the best for your customer
  • have integrity when managing expectations
  • strive for continuous improvement
  • have a ‘can do’ attitude with colleagues, customers and partners.

Our local area

Located on the south coast of England, West Sussex is as diverse as it is distinctive. It has key market towns, good rail links, a major international airport and two sea ports.

The cosmopolitan areas of Horsham and Crawley, as well as coastal towns such as Worthing and Littlehampton, all lie within West Sussex. 

Over half of West Sussex is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The county has beautiful beaches, Chichester Harbour, the Sussex Downs and stunning vistas of the High Weald. It is also well known for its stately homes and great estates, such as Petworth and Cowdray.

Millions visit the coast and countryside each year. The county is home to notable national and international events, such as Glorious Goodwood and the Festival of Speed.

Further information

  • Great place to work (PDF, 541KB) - information on our county and organisation, providing an insight into what it would be like to live here and work for us.
  • West Sussex Life - provides statistics and information about West Sussex, such as its geography, residents and the County Council’s key priorities: Start of Life, Economic Life and Later Life.
  • Map of West Sussex - view our map to find out where West Sussex is situated and where our main council buildings are. You can also discover some of the many attractions that West Sussex has to offer.

2 Benefits of working for us

As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

As a member of staff you will have access to a range of benefits including:

  • a competitive salary
  • an excellent local government pension scheme
  • generous holiday entitlement of between 23 and 32 days, depending on job title and length of service
  • a range of flexible working options, depending on your job role
  • maternity, paternity, dependency and adoption leave
  • volunteering opportunities
  • a childcare voucher scheme
  • training and development opportunities
  • a range of local discounts for County Council staff (see our Staff discounts page if you are a business looking to offer a discount)
  • discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
  • access to the Employee Assistance Programme
  • working for a Stonewall Diversity Champion
  • working for a 'Two Ticks' certified employer, which means we are positive about employing disabled people
  • working for a veteran-friendly employer.

3 Who we are and what we do

The County Council Timeline provides you with an oversight of the historic moments that have occurred from when the County Council was first created in 1888, to the present day and into the future.

As well as providing an insight into what we do as an organisation and the services we offer the people of West Sussex, you will be able to see how beautiful our county is and experience what life is like living here.

View County Council timeline (external link)

4 Diversity and inclusion

Diversity

We are committed to creating a culture where people from all backgrounds and those with differing skills and experiences feel genuinely valued. We understand that a diverse workforce helps us to deliver the best services for our residents.

Under the Equality Act (2010), there are nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation.

Each year we profile and monitor our workforce by race, disability, gender, age, religion or belief and sexual orientation. The data below reflect our workforce as of 1 April 2016.

Our staff groups

We have active staff groups that meet regularly and provide support to employees. They are the:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Group
  • Disabled Staff Group
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Group.
  • Staff and Culture Board - hearing the voices of people across the organisation.

Through the 'Time to Change Employer Pledge' we have made a commitment to remove the stigma around mental health. We encourage involvement in personal resilience activities to stay well and support those who need it to return to work as soon as possible.

Our apprenticeships provide opportunities for young people, those looking for a career change or parents looking to get back in to work. In addition, we provide support to veterans getting back into work.

Inclusion

We are committed to employing and developing disabled people. This means that we:

  • interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy and consider them on their abilities
  • regularly discuss with disabled employees what we can do to make sure they develop and use their abilities
  • make every effort to retain employees if they become disabled
  • ensure all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.

We have been a Stonewall Diversity Champion since 2006 and regularly participate in their Workplace Equality Index.

Jobs for people with learning disabilities or autism

If you have a learning disability, and/or are on the autistic spectrum, you can apply for any of our vacancies using the Easy read application form below.

We are also developing bespoke jobs for those with a learning disability, and/or who are on the autistic spectrum through the WorkAid scheme, working closely with the Aldingbourne Trust. 

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