Support for employees on pay protection

If you're on pay protection, we're committed to providing support to help you achieve your previous pay levels and to help you with your career progression.

Our policy on pay protection can be found attached to this page.

This provides two years' protection for an employee's basic pay where it is reduced as a result of:

  • organisational restructuring
  • redeployment into a suitable alternative vacancy where the individual is at risk of or under notice of redundancy
  • redeployment into a suitable alternative vacancy on ill-health grounds
  • the introduction of a revised pay and grading system.

Note that other terms and conditions of employment will be those of the new job.  

Guaranteed interview status 

If you are on pay protection you will receive guaranteed interview status for vacancies at the same grade or below as long as you meet the essential criteria of the job, provided there are no essential or statutory qualification requirements and there are no employees at risk of redundancy eligible for priority interview.

Please note this may not apply to jobs in schools.

You should identify in your job application that you are on pay protection and have guaranteed interview status.

If you currently receive redeployment support and pay protection as a result of appointment following an organisational review, this will continue until the current protection period ends.

Note that guaranteed interview arrangements will not apply to jobs which constitute promotion. 

Portable pay protection 

You may be thinking of moving to a job on the same or lower pay but with better prospects.

If you do, we'll continue to protect your pay until the agreed date, as long as the move is likely to ultimately result in the removal or reduction of your pay protection and the vacancy is a job that is covered by single status.

You should discuss with your line manager or the recruiting manager if a vacancy is suitable prior to applying. 


Jobs which are advertised internally are advertised on Dnet under the internal vacancies section which you should check regularly for new postings.

Some employees will be able to access Dnet online using their network log-in details.

If you do not have access to Dnet, ask your manager to help you access the information.

Internal vacancies are also advertised at our centres around the county.

Externally advertised vacancies can be viewed on this website and you can sign up for email alerts to new postings (opens in a new window).

Vacancy sheets showing all external vacancies are also available at our centres and in libraries across the county. 

Training and development support for employees on pay protection 

Details of the practical support measures we have can be found in the related documents section. 

Career planning 

Your manager will help you in your personal development review and one-to-one sessions to consider your career options and any training and development that might help.

The workforce development area of the website will also provide more information about career opportunities across our range of services.

When considering different career options, you can find information about many of our different types of jobs on our job families section, on the website.

The job family role profiles describe the typical responsibilities, knowledge, skills and experience required for jobs at each level of a job family.

The map of grades across job families can be found on the job families page

You may find it useful to access information about careers in local government at (opens in a new window), or for careers in care via (opens in a new window)

Workshops − applying for jobs and interview preparation 

Derbyshire adult education service is running a series of workshops covering personal skills assessment, applying for jobs and interview preparation.

You are allowed time off to attend the sessions and these should be booked through the learning and development system and authorised by your line manager.

In addition, everyone on pay protection has the opportunity to attend a one-hour one-to-one meeting with an advisor to discuss career prospects and develop an action plan.

These sessions need to be arranged by you directly with a tutor in your area - they can be arranged at venues around the county. 

Full details of workshop content together with booking details for workshops and one-to-one meetings can be found on the corporate learning and development programme in the related documents section. 


Career Sage is an online career management service.

Our experience in people development, outplacement and recruitment can help with your career planning.

For more information about Career Sage or to request a logon, contact Malcolm Kay on 01629 536772 or email


As you approach the end of your pay protection period, you may want to consider the impact of reduced pay on your pension entitlement if you are within 10 years of your expected retirement date or of leaving the scheme.

The scheme provides for pension benefits to be calculated using final pay which is the annual average of the best three consecutive years ending with 31 March, within a period of 13 years ending with the last day of scheme membership.

It is important to note that you need to opt in to this 10-year pension protection period by completing an option form.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

The following documents are in Word format. You can download software to view Word documents for free from the Word viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.

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