Benefits

  • Generous Pension Contributions


    The Council provides you with access to generous pension schemes. Depending on the job you do, you will be enrolled into one of two pension schemes:


    Local Government Pension Scheme 


    OR 


    Teachers’ Pension Scheme


    All relevant employees with a contract of three months or more are enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.  If you are a teacher, you will be automatically enrolled into the Teachers’ Pensions scheme from the first day of employment.

     

    As your Employer, we will pay a generous contribution into the scheme on top of the contributions that you pay.  If you contribute to the pension schemes you will also pay a little less tax each month.

     

    You are able to opt out of the pension scheme if you wish.

     

    Your final pension will be based on your pay and how long you are in the scheme.  It is not based on the state of the financial markets when you retire. You will receive annual pension statements so you will see how your pension is building up.

     

    There is also the ability for you to boost your pension by paying more contributions,for which tax relief is applied.

  • Life Assurance cover


    The pension schemes identified above include life assurance cover.  Your spouse or civil partner, or other nominated person may be entitled to receive death in service benefits of a lump sum payment and a pension, the calculation of which will be made by the relevant pension scheme administrators. 

  • Pool Car Scheme

     

    At Cardiff Council, we operate a Pool Car scheme, which is available for business use for employees, except those who are school based.  As part of The Council’s  Clean Air Strategy we have recently trailed an electric car. 

  • Discounted MOT Testing


    Employees are able to take advantage of discounted MOT testing for their private vehicles at our Central Transport facilities

  • Discounted Leisure Facilities


    Employees can access discounted membership at all Cardiff Better Leisure Centres as well as CF11 - Channel View Leisure Centre. 

  • Discounted Travel


    Employees are able to access discounted annual Cardiff Bus tickets and annual rail tickets.

  • Annual Leave Entitlement 


    The Council provides a generous annual Leave entitlement starting at 27 days per year to a maximum of 32 days per year after 5 years.  Part-time employees i.e. those contracted to work less than the number of hours in the full-time working week are entitled to the pro rata to the full-time entitlement. For staff with a fractional contract (e.g. term-time) the total number of contracted weeks per year will include the pro rata holiday entitlement.

     

    The national terms and conditions for teachers are that full time teachers work 195 days per year.

  • Purchase of Additional Leave


    If you want the ability to take more annual leave, employees (except school-based staff) are able to purchase a maximum of 10 days (pro rata for part time staff)of additional leave per year. Deductions from pay for additional leave will be made as equal instalments,spread over the remaining months that are left in the financial year in which you apply for the leave.  

  • Sickness Absence


    The Council provides generous pay and conditions during sickness absence linked tonational terms and conditions.

  • Sabbatical Leave


    The Council has a Sabbatical Leave Policy that enables employees to request an extended period (3 months to 2 years) of unpaid leave.  This helps us retain employees who require an extended period of leave and who might otherwise need to terminate their employment. It benefits the employee in allowing them to preserve their current employment status at the time of taking the break and enable a return on the same terms and conditions.

     

    In schools, requests for Sabbatical Leave as considered by the relevant governing body.

  • Travel Allowance Scheme


    Where a vehicle is needed for business purposes, the Council operates a Car Allowance Scheme; employees will be paid at the rate agreed by Her Majesty’s Revenue& Customs.   There is an expectation that you are able to provide or gain access to a vehicle at reasonable notice and to have business use on your car insurance.

  • Cafeteria


    Cardiff Council has its own on premisesCafeteria in its main buildings, which provides reasonably priced food anddrink and a comfortable and social environment

  • Additional Benefits


    Employees can free library sign up and access digital and ebook platforms.

     

    Access is available to Cardiff Credit Union for savings and loans.