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Our benefits are your reward for helping to deliver great services in Reading.

  • Generous holiday entitlement  - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities 
  • Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) - the Council contributes the equivalent of about 13% of your salary to your pension pot, in addition to your own contribution
  • Life Assurance - 3 times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • Employee Assistance Programme - round-the-clock access to free, impartial and completely confidential support and advice from trained therapists
  • Child care vouchers
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted
  • Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Cycle salary sacrifice scheme
  • 'Your Reading Passport' scheme - competitive rates for local gyms
  • Shopping vouchers and money off deals
  • Staff Club - organise events like pub quizzes and theatre trips
  • Eyecare - help towards an eye test and glasses, if you use a computer at work
  • Relocation scheme offering up to £8,000 towards the cost of relocating to Reading (only for approved posts)

Full details of the benefits available to you will be provided if you are offered a job.

Our location

Reading is at the heart of the fastest growing area in the South of England. The town is located in the Thames Valley with the River Kennet running through its centre and it is surrounded by beautiful countryside and many attractive villages and smaller towns. It is a bustling shopping and administrative centre just 25 minutes by train from London.

Travel

Reading's mainline railway station is centrally located and serviced by several major and regional railway services, including a high speed link to and from London Paddington.

By car, there are three junctions on the M4 servicing Reading and the M25 is only 20 minutes' drive away. There are direct routes to Oxford and Birmingham and the South Coast ports are accessible in 90 minutes by road. Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports have speedy links by coach and rail respectively.

Reading Buses, wholly owned by the Council, provides one of the best bus services in the country with an all-town network of frequent services and reasonable fares, on modern buses. There is also a fast, non-stop bus and coach service to and from London and two park and ride locations.

Car parking

Parking at our Civic Centre offices is only available for posts which require frequent business journeys to be undertaken. We are currently able to offer discounted parking to staff at other public town centre car parks.

Equal Opportunities

In practice this means that whoever you are, all that counts is your ability to do the job. For example:

  • We have an agreed procedure for recruiting staff which ensures that only criteria necessary to do the job are considered
  • When you join us, we make sure that you have every chance to develop your skills and abilities
  • For people with mobility disabilities, we have installed special lift facilities and automatic doors
  • We will consider making special working arrangements for people with other disabilities to help them work for us and to contribute to the community
  • If you can't manage full-time work i.e. due to domestic commitments, we will consider flexible working arrangements including job share opportunities
  • We have generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements.

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