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Our working terms

We expect everyone who works for us to be committed to providing high quality and efficient services to the people of Derbyshire. In return, we have a range of benefits for employees which make Derbyshire a great place to work.

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The booklets attached to this page give you more details. The applicants booklet gives a summary of our terms and conditions including pay rates. The new starters booklet gives more detail on other aspects of working for us that you may be interested in.

Equality and diversity

As one of the largest employers and providers of services in Derbyshire, what we do affects everyone who lives, visits or works in the county. We recognise that discrimination can take many forms and we'll do everything we can to both prevent and eliminate discrimination wherever it may exist within the organisation.

We aim to ensure that everyone who works, or who wishes to work, for us and those who receive our services, are treated fairly, without prejudice or discrimination on grounds of their age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief or sexual orientation.

Our equality and diversity policy has the wholehearted support of the recognised trade unions, and all our employees are responsible for its implementation, whatever their job.

If you're disabled, and meet the essential criteria for a vacancy that you are applying for, you will be guaranteed an interview because we are a Disability Confident Employer.

If we appoint you and you are disabled, we will try to provide facilities, where appropriate, to help you undertake the job. We encourage you to identify any needs to help us meet our duties under the Equality Act.

We have established network groups for disabled, black and minority ethnic and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Our equality and diversity policy is attached to this page.

Confidentiality and information security

We require employees to maintain confidentiality and the security of information at all times. It is the responsibility of employees who hold personal or confidential information to protect it.

Trade unions

We encourage trade union membership.

Code of conduct

Our code of conduct applies to all our employees and aims to help us to maintain and improve standards. It also protects our employees from misunderstandings or false criticism. It may be supplemented by further requirements in certain areas of work.

Environmental policy

As a decision-maker, major employer, provider of services and agent for economic development, we recognise the significant impact we have on the environment. We also recognise that our employees have an important contribution to make in carrying out our environmental policy. With that in mind, we encourage you and will expect you, when carrying out your duties and responsibilities, to be conscious of the environmental impact of your actions. Wherever possible our employees should work to reduce resource and energy use and minimise waste.

We have a travel plan that seeks to reduce the social and environmental impacts of road vehicles caused by our business. This includes a voluntary car share scheme for employees at certain work bases, including County Hall.

Job families

Our jobs are organised into job families. This helps us to be more flexible in the way we respond to changing service needs and pressures by deploying employees flexibly to meet service demands.

Work is described by role profiles which give examples of the key accountabilities, typical skills and competencies for each grade in the job family. The ‘role profiles’ allow us to see how jobs are organised within each grade in the job family and the potential career paths. We also use them in considering training and development plans.

If you are successful in your application, the work that you do will be based upon the expectations in your role profile. In practice, you will regularly meet with your manager to agree the focus of your work for an agreed period of time. This may change over time as our service priorities change to meet the needs of our customers. Any changes will be discussed with you and will remain consistent with the expectations of your role profile.

To help you in your induction, the job profile you used to apply for the job will help shape the early expectations. It will help you and your manager to agree and review your performance and identify any support you need in your new role.

Relief workers

As well as part-time and full-time working we also offer some relief contracts. These are contracts where there are no minimum contractual hours guaranteed to be offered to you and you are under no obligation to accept any of the hours we do offer.

Flexible working

We have a number of options to allow our employees to work flexibly.

Part time working

We're keen to increase the opportunities for people who want to work fewer than full time hours at all levels of the organisation. We welcome applications from people who want to work part-time, including for jobs advertised as full-time.

There are a number of ways in which we can do this, so if this applies to you, please discuss the options with the recruiting managers.

Flexitime scheme

Some jobs are suitable for flexitime working, which means you can have some flexibility in when you work your hours. This must not impact on the needs of the job and when you work flexibly, there must be adequate cover for your absence.


We have a number of methods of assisting employees to balance their work and other commitments. These include varied work patterns including:

  • part time or relief working
  • term time contracts
  • annualised hours
  • compressed working weeks or fortnights
  • annual leave
  • flexi-leave
  • special leave
  • maternity leave
  • paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • parental leave

Unpaid leave

If you'd like time off beyond your annual leave entitlement for domestic responsibilities, perhaps, or an extended holiday, you may ask for unpaid leave. We'll consider each request on its own merit and subject to the needs of the service.