Pay and Benefits in Epping Forest District Council

Pay Scales
The job description shows the grade linked to the job you have applied for. Most grades have ‘incremental points’ which are given each year, usually in April. There may also be an annual ‘cost of living’ award, which is agreed nationally.

Annual Leave
This chart shows the number of days leave staff are entitled to, by spinal column’ point and the number of years continuous local government service.

The Council operates two annual leave periods which run from either 1 April to 31 March, or October 1 to September 30. Employees will agree with their line manager the most appropriate leave year for them.


Grade and Spinal                         Completed years of continuous service as at
Column Points                              31 March each year 

                                                       0-4 years        5-9 years        10 years +

Up to and including SCP 28               21 days         25 days           26 days

SCP 29 and above                            23 days         27 days           28 days

Asst to the Chief Executive,

Directors, Deputy Chief

Executive, Chief Executive                 25 days         30 days           33 days


In addition to the above staff are entitled to the public bank holidays and 2 statutory days which are currently fixed during the Christmas/New Year period to 2013.

Annual leave entitlements and arrangements vary slightly for some staff working in the Grounds Maintenance team and the Trade workers based in the Housing Repairs service.

See here for our Salary chart:

Working Hours
Our standard working week is 36 hours. For many posts the Council operates a ‘Flexi-Time scheme’, whereby, subject to the needs of the service staff may vary their working arrangements (within limits). 

The Council can consider part-time, term-time or job-share working arrangements on some posts.

Car Allowance
Travel expenses will be reimbursed where they have been incurred in the performance of Council business. The Council will only bear additional costs over and above what it would have cost to travel to the normal workplace.

Relocation Expenses
If you need to relocate to take up your post you may be able to receive relocation expenses. If you would like further information about this please ask us.

Pension Scheme
Upon joining the Council you will be eligible to join the pension scheme. The benefits under the pension scheme are currently based on the length of membership and your final salary. In April 2014 the scheme will become a career average scheme. Contributions will continue to relate to salaries. The Council has implemented its responsibilities under Auto Enrolment legislation.


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