Working for the council

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Newport City Council is a single tier unitary authority responsible for the administration of all areas of local government.

The council was formed as a county borough in 1996 and was granted city status in 2002.

It is the eighth largest council in Wales and provides all major services such as education, leisure, housing, social services, planning and highways.

Newport City Council is a great place to work and in return for your hard work and dedication we offer attractive terms and conditions and benefits.

We are passionate about equality, committed to improving our staff diversity, and supporting an inclusive culture which allows everyone to bring their authentic selves to work. To help us do this, we have a range of staff support networks which provide a safe space for colleagues to share experiences, receive and offer peer support, and help shape our workplace policies.

Hours of work

Normal working hours are 37 per week, however the posts of Directors and Heads of Service will require some element of unsocial hours in the course of the duties and responsibilities of the post. The salary scale for the appointment reflects the need to work in addition to and outside normal office hours.

Annual leave

  • up to 5 years continuous local government service: 26 days
  • between 5 and 10 years continuous local government service: 30 days
  • over 10 years continuous local government service: 33 days
  • part-time employees have annual leave on a pro rata basis

The option to purchase up to one week of additional annual leave is also available.

Bank holidays

  • 8 bank holidays
  • part-time employees have bank holidays on a pro rata basis

Continuous service

The period of continuous service for statutory employment rights dates from the date of commencement of employment with this council.

If an employee has previous continuous service with an organisation covered by the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government) Modification Order 1999 (opens new website) this will be included in calculating the entitlement to:

  • annual leave
  • occupational sickness scheme
  • occupational maternity scheme
  • maternity support scheme
  • adoption leave
  • redundancy payment

Local Government Pension Scheme

Employees will be automatically enrolled in the Local Government Pension Scheme. You can opt out if you wish.


Occupational sickness scheme

  • 1st year of service = 1 month full pay and (after completing 4 months service), 2 months half pay
  • 2nd year of service = 2 months full pay and 2 months half pay
  • 3rd year of service = 4 months full pay and 4 months half-pay
  • 4th and 5th year of service = 5 months full pay and 5 months half pay
  • after 5 years of service = 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay

Maternity leave / Adoption leave/ Shared parental leave

Up to 26 weeks pay (combination of occupational and statutory) with an additional 26 weeks unpaid leave and time to attend antenatal clinic.

Work life balance

Supporting policies include maternity and paternity leave, time off for dependants, voluntary reduction in working hours, right to request to work flexibly, parental leave, job share.  This policy is also under review responding to the further need for flexibility during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Travel and subsistence

Claims for travel and subsistence can be made.

Employee Benefits

Vectis card

The council provides a Vectis card for employees which gives discounts at high street and online retailers.

Car leasing scheme

A leasing scheme is provided to employees through Tusker which enables car leasing through monthly salary deduction.

Discounted leisure membership

Employees can sign up for a monthly membership leisure card for a discounted rate which allows employees unlimited use of fitness suites, swimming pools, fitness classes and health suite, as well as access to a personalised training plan, cholesterol check and health assessment.

Salary sacrifice schemes

The council operates both a cycle to work scheme and a technology scheme.


Learning and development assistance

Employees can access the council’s learning, development and training frameworks and support can be provided to staff to develop their skills, experiences and qualifications.

Employee assistance programme

Free access to confidential advice and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Information and advice in relation to family, personal, debt and workplace issues can be provided via telephone or online. A comprehensive counselling service is also available.

Free eyesight tests

Free eye and eyesight tests at any are available to any employee who uses display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work.

View our brochure for more information about working for the council.