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Reward and recognition

We want all of our employees to feel valued and rewarded fairly and here you can find out about our pay, terms and conditions of services and benefits that we offer employees.


A summary is outlined. More information is available on our employee website Our Derbyshire.

Pay and terms and conditions

Salary scales

The grade and salary for the job you are applying for will be detailed within the advert. Appointments are usually made to the bottom pay point within each grade and increase, with continuous service, annually on the anniversary of appointment until the top of the grade is reached.

Our salary scales apply to Local Government Service employees. They exclude some employees appointed by the school's governing board, teachers and centrally employed teachers.

Employees appointed on the Soulbury Scales will be paid on the Soulbury pay scale. You can see our current salary scales on Our Derbyshire.

Terms and conditions

Different jobs across the council require a range of working patterns and the requirement for each job will be explained to you at interview. Your role may require you to carry out standby, be recalled to work or to sleep in and you will be paid a flat duty rate and overtime for hours that you work. Your manager will advise you if this is a requirement of the job.

The standard working week for full time employees is 37 hours. Some jobs below grade 14 are eligible for overtime. Any overtime you are eligible to claim will be paid once 37 hours have been worked. Some jobs operate on banked or average hours and your manager will discuss these arrangements with you. There are a number of options to enable you to work flexibly including part-time and term time only working which you can discuss with the recruiting manager. We also have relief opportunities in some areas.

Current payments for allowances for employees are explained in our general conditions of service booklet.

All our pay and terms and conditions information is available on Our Derbyshire.

Benefits and discounts

Employees have access to a range of benefits and discounts including:

  • interest free loans for selected bus and train operators
  • discounted membership at selected county leisure centres
  • discounts on travel and transport networks
  • trade union membership
  • an employee assistance programme and access to a range of wellbeing support solutions
  • access to occupational health service with physiotherapy
  • free online health and exercise classes
  • access to free cycle training
  • access to free counselling
  • discounts on MS Office

Annual leave entitlement is based on the grade of role you are appointed to.

Annual leave entitlement
Employee groupBasic entitlementAfter 5 years local government service
Grades 1 to 9 25 days (pro rata) 30 days (pro rata)
Grade 10 to 13 27 days (pro rata) 32 days (pro rata)
Grade 14 and above 34 days (pro rata) 34 days (pro rata)

Some jobs are eligible to participate in the flexitime scheme. The scheme enables employees to build additional leave, up to a maximum of 26 days per year and subject to agreement with your manager, the schemes enables flexible working between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday.

Your contract of employment will state if you are eligible to participate in the flexitime scheme and your manager can provide further information about this.

You can find out more about our leave schemes on Our Derbyshire.

All our benefits and discounts information is available on Our Derbyshire.

Financial wellbeing

All employees with a contract of 3 months or more are eligible to join the pension scheme. The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme that provides additional life assurance benefit.

We also offer flexible retirement where you can vary your work pattern to ease the transition to retirement. Employees can access financial support information via the Employee Assistance Programme.

You can find out more about how we support your wellbeing on Our Derbyshire.

All our financial wellbeing information is available on Our Derbyshire.