Employee Benefits

As well as the conditions of service the Council offers a range of benefits to employees including:

  • Attractive Pension schemes
  • Buy and Bank Annual Leave Scheme
  • Career development
  • Childcare vouchers (not open to new entrants)
  • Credit Union
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible Working policy
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Occupational health support

Further information on these schemes can be obtained from Human Resources or in the Employee Benefits Booklet, linked in the download section.

Employee Pension Information

Council employees are entitled to membership of either the Strathclyde Pension Fund (non-teaching employee) or the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (teaching employees).

The Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme (STPS) and the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has long been a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees/teachers working in local government.

For Inverclyde Council, the LGPS is administered by Strathclyde Pension Fund Office and Inverclyde Council contributes a percentage of your pensionable pay to your pension account.

The STSS is administered by the Scottish Public Pension Agency and Inverclyde Council currently contributes 23% of your pensionable pay to your pension account.

Both these schemes can help secure your future by providing:

  •          a pension based on your pensionable pay
  •          a pension that keeps pace with inflation
  •          a pension for your surviving spouse or partner on your death
  •          a tax free lump sum in exchange for some of your pension
  •          death in service protection of three times your pensionable pay as a tax free lump sum
  •          an ill health pension paid from any age provided you have two years’ service but are permanently unable to work.

In order to fully understand how these pension schemes operate, please read the information provided in the links on the downloads section of the page.

Flexible Working

Inverclyde Council recognises the mutual benefits of having a flexible, effective workforce to deliver the best services to our community, whilst enabling employees to balance their personal, home and work responsibilities more effectively, with a view to achieving greater job satisfaction, motivation, morale and productivity. 

Employees are able to apply for a range of options including Part-Time Working,  Job share,  Compressed Hours, Homeworker, Hybrid Working and Flexible Retirement. More detail can be found in the Flexible Working Policy, linked in the download section.

Learning and Development

In-House Training

Alongside your on-the-job learning you'll also benefit from a range of courses run by our in-house employee development section to help you develop your knowledge. Transferable skills such as communication, motivation, presentation, stress management, and time management are only some of the courses available. For those of you identified as having the potential to be tomorrow’s managers, or those wishing to consolidate their existing management skills, we also offer a Management Development Programme.

We want our staff to be skilled, motivated and driven to deliver excellent customer services to the residents of Inverclyde. This means your continual learning and development is important to us.

Positive Conversations

Inverclyde Council's Positive Conversations are about managers and their employee(s) having regular, focused discussions on work related goals, feedback, development opportunities and support on both an individual and team level. Positive Conversations (PC) are about enabling relationship development, building motivation and engagement and creating value for you as an employee of Inverclyde Council. The guidance can be found on the side of the page to download. 

E-Learning

Our E-Learning courses offer something for everyone, whether you want to brush up on your spreadsheet skills or need training to help you manage budgets.

  • Online training with over 350 courses which can be accessed from your work PC, your home PC or at your local library.
  • Bite size e-learning courses (15 mins) are accessable during the working day but access to longer courses must be be approved by your line manager.