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Our benefits - Adults

Competitive salaries

As a social worker you can earn up to £40,958. Our senior social workers can earn up to £45,987.

Generous retention payments

We offer a scalable retention payment to loyal social workers after the first full year of employment, this increases during the first three years of service. On completion of three continuous years you will receive a fixed sum for every year you remain in post thereafter.

This offer is available to social workers and senior social workers in Mental Health, Adults Social Care Team, Transfer of Care Team, Learning Disability Partnership and 0-25 including Young Adults Team and Children’s Disability Services.

A fixed annual retention scheme is also available for team managers.

Pay progression

A pay progression scheme for our social workers to enable them to accelerate through the pay grade as they gain experience and skills.

Generous annual leave

Our social workers benefit from a 28 day annual leave entitlement in addition to bank holidays. You can also apply to buy up to 4 weeks additional leave.

Agile working

We are working to a hybrid model at present, with part-remote and flexible options available, whilst still supporting colleagues in offices and ensuring service users continue to be seen face to face.

Learning and development

We hope you are as interested in developing your skills and knowledge as we are. Here at Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC), we are passionate about recognising the strengths in our individuals and developing these to enable our Social Workers to thrive.

See our Practice, learning and development page for more information.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

We are committed to the principles of learning, development, and reflection to help us continue to provide the best possible support for people in our community. We know that it is hard to fit in the time and space to think, discuss and reflect on the work we are doing while having a busy workload, so we have launched 6 days of protected time each year to enable our Social Workers to maintain their Continuous Professional Development. This is a self-directed learning space where our Social Workers can focus on areas of practice which are evolving, or they have a special interest in or where they have identified an individual learning need.

Excellent pension scheme

Local Government Employees and Professional and Management Level employees are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

The LGPS is flexible meaning you can choose to pay less or more every month. You also have the option to draw your benefits anytime from 55 to 75.

Business mileage allowance

We offer a generous mileage allowance of 45p per mile, (first 10,000 miles, and 25p per mile, thereafter). We don’t want our Social Workers facing the additional financial burden of fuel prices increasing, so an additional fuel allowance of £30 per month has been agreed for the 2022/23 financial year for those driving over 300 business miles per month.

Discount benefits

Our employee discount scheme offers you a variety of discounts across a range of shops, restaurants, holidays, utilities and days out.

Family friendly policies

We have a number of family friendly policies to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance. Including generous maternity provisions, paternity, adoption and parental leave.

'Refer a friend' scheme

We want to reward you with a bonus payment of £350 if you introduce a social worker candidate who we subsequently employ as a result of that introduction.

Employee assistance programme

Because everyone goes through difficult times in life, CCC has confidential and free support 24/7 through our Employee assistance programme. Services available include:

  • Counselling support
  • Legal information
  • Bereavement assistance
  • Medical information
  • Online self-help tools

Mental health support

CCC has a well-established health and wellbeing programme:

  • Mental health first aiders on hand to help anyone struggling with their mental health.
  • A confidential one-to-one support service provided by Remploy for staff who are struggling with their mental health and helping them to stay in work.
  • A monthly wellbeing hour, featuring a range of topics from personal safety to pilates.
  • Workshops and training courses to help with understanding your mental health, as well as personal resilience and sleep.

Tusker lease cars scheme

The scheme is a salary sacrifice scheme whereby you offset some of your monthly salary to buy a new car and benefit from tax and national insurance savings.

Cycle to work scheme

Our Cycle to work scheme lets you offset some of your monthly salary to buy a new bike and accessories. In addition, you benefit from tax and national insurance savings and get fit too.

Charity donations

Employees can take part in the ‘Pennies from Heaven’ charity donation. This is a scheme whereby your pay is rounded down to the nearest pound and the excess pennies go directly to charity.