Employee benefits

We hugely value our staff and know that in order for us to continue to succeed it is essential for us to recognise talented employees, developing and retaining them within the organisation and maintaining our status as a great place to work.

As an employee, there are many benefits you will get on top of your salary. For permanent and temporary employees there are generous holiday entitlements, occupational sick pay, maternity pay schemes, a contributory final salary based pension scheme, healthy workplace initiatives, and flexible working arrangements, including flexi-time, job sharing and part-time working are available - depending on the type of job and the needs of the service.

Annual leave

Staff receive a minimum of 24 days leave per year and can receive up to 30 days, depending on the individual's length of continuous local government service. Annual leave and public holidays are calculated for part time employees, job sharers and temporary employees on a pro-rata basis, according to the number of hours worked per week. Staff also have the opportunity to purchase additional leave above their usual annual leave entitlements.

Staff discount schemes

Council employees can get discounts on a wide range of goods and services, giving staff access to a great range of discounts on: travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out, leisure activities and your day to day spending. There is something for everyone and 1000's of ways to save through the scheme whether you like to shop in store or online. We also offer childcare vouchers and cycle to work schemes.
For further detail on our staff discount scheme, please visit the East Suffolk Lifestyle website

Maternity, paternity and parental leave

The generous maternity, paternity and parental leave allowances exceed the statutory minimum.

Local government pension scheme

We offer a Local Government Pension Scheme. For more information please visit www.lgps.org.uk


The council operates a Flexible Working Hours Scheme. This gives employees and managers more flexibility in how they work to meet their own needs and the needs of the service.

Learning and development

We provide learning and development opportunities for all levels of staff, covering training for work, specific topics and general management courses. We also support training to achieve professional qualifications.

Health and wellbeing initiatives

We offer free fitness assessments, flu vaccinations, eye care vouchers and other health and wellbeing opportunities.

Free car park

There are a number of car parks located around council buildings where staff can park free of charge.

Office accommodation

Waveney District Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council both have brand new, purpose built office accommodation located in Lowestoft and Melton (near Woodbridge). The offices provide flexible and open plan work space with modern ICT facilities.

Discounted and Green Travel

Council employees receive a discount on public transport including up to 50% off bus travel and 25% off train travel. In addition, we offer a cycle to work scheme, pool bikes and cars, secure bike sheds, showers and lockers.