Think you know local government? Think again.
Devon is a modern, vibrant place to work offering a range of jobs and staff benefits, including:
- flexible working opportunities
- excellent local government pension scheme
- competitive pay
- learning and development opportunities
- 26 days annual leave rising to 31 after 5 years’ service
- time off for bank holidays and public holidays
Whether you’re new to the workplace, an experienced employee, a parent or a carer, you can find a role suited to you.
Opportunities to learn and develop
At Devon County Council, you are encouraged to reach your full potential. Employees are supported in their roles with regular appraisals, one to ones with managers and around the clock access to Devon E-learning. Growth and career development is encouraged and many employees have climbed up the career ladder whilst working for the council. Find out more about their stories.
Make a difference
Working for Devon you will meet likeminded, passionate people who make a difference to this beautiful county. Without the staff at Devon County Council, we would not be able to build our strong, resilient communities, look after the beautiful landscapes or provide first class education to the thousands of children in the county.
We are committed to providing a workplace that values parents and carers. Our flexible working policies make Devon an ideal place to work whatever your situation. We also offer maternity, paternity and shared parental leave.
Devon County Council values the benefits of having a diverse workforce and is committed to providing equal opportunities and an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon.
The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work including hybrid working and part-time or condensed hours.
We are committed to the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise by the nation ensuring members of the armed forces community are treated fairly. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident and Mindful Employer.
Health and wellbeing
We believe that a positive working environment that allows employees to thrive and achieve is only possible if our staff feel supported. Our Employee Assistance Programme is a free confidential, impartial service that provides advice on any issue 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our OneSmallStep service offers advice and support to anyone seeking to make healthy changes in their life to stop smoking. We also provide eye care vouchers and have an occupational health programme.
Our Devon Discounts scheme provides our employees with great savings both locally and nationally. We have discounts on everything from gyms, to hotels, to cars, to language lessons, to travel and transport.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
The impact of COVID-19 and the current cost-of-living crisis have brought into sharp focus inequalities within our society including health inequalities. The impacts are felt along various lines, from ethnicity to poverty and housing. Minority groups and people with disabilities face multiple barriers in access to essential services and support.
In addition to tackling poverty and improving social mobility, the Council and our public sector partners have a legal duty to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation (Equality Act 2010).
There are opportunities not to be missed to ‘build back better’ and redesign community space and services with equality, diversity, safety and inclusion central to our thinking, along with economic recovery and environmental protection.
Race equality at Devon County Council
We asked for an honest assessment of how it feels for Black and Asian colleagues to work for Devon County Council (DCC), to be challenged on our assumptions and be advised on actions we can take to ensure DCC becomes a place where Black, Asian and other ethnically diverse people feel safe, included and welcomed.
DCC is committed to responding to the report at pace and aspires to become a beacon for equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion. The leaders of our organisation are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment free from discrimination and inequality and in July 2023 we were pleased to be awarded Bronze Trailblazer status by Race Equality Matters.
Find out more: Anti-Racism Framework – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (devon.gov.uk)
As an employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination at work. Having signed the ‘Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health’, we are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues feel able to talk about mental health confidently, and aspire to appropriately support the mental wellbeing of all staff.
As an employer, we have made an on-going commitment to:
- provide non-judgemental and proactive support to staff experiencing mental ill health
- not make assumptions about a person with a mental health condition and their ability to work
- be positive and enabling towards all employees and job applicants with a mental health condition
- support line managers in managing mental health in the workplace
- ensure we are fair in the recruitment of new staff in accordance with the Equality Act (2010)
- make it clear that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against, and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both the employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment
This is a Devon Partnership NHS Trust initiative.
To find out more information, please see: https://www.mindfulemployer.dpt.nhs.uk/