Working for Southwark

Our benefits

There are many benefits of working for Southwark Council. We’ve highlighted a few here:

Flexible working

As part of the Council’s ongoing digital strategy,we are currently investing in our IT infrastructure. What this translates to is up-to-date equipment that will allow you to work flexibly from home or on-site.This working ethos is creating an agile workforce who can fit their work around their lifestyles.

Travel planning

With a passion for environmentally friendly forms of transport – not forgetting the benefit to your health – we want to help you get from A to B with minimal fuss. That’s why we offer a cycle to work and cycle loan scheme,plus an interest-free season ticket loan. Some roles also attract essential car user status.

Watch our video to see what it is like to work for Southwark.

Annual Leave

Starting at a generous 26 days holiday (plus bank holidays) and risingto 33 days depending on what grade your career is at and how long you’ve beenwith us, your holiday entitlement will go up and up.

Pension Scheme

We’re want to ensure our staff are taken care of once they retire, so Southwark offersmembership of its pension scheme, which is in line with the national LocalGovernment Pension Scheme.

Personal Development

We’re keen for you to reach your full potential, so we’ll support your individual needs with training and development programmes, uniquely tailored to your interests.It’s for this very reason that we’ve been named as one of the top 100 companies in the UK and the best London Council for the past five years for apprenticeships, so whether you need managerial, technical or professional support, we can provide the education opportunities you’d like to experience.


We support the principles of equal pay and offer competitive salaries. You may also receive an annual increment until you reach the maximum point of the grade.

Flexible working hours and arrangements

Our jobs are based upon a 36-hour week, and most are open to "job-sharing".

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Investors In People

We have been awarded “Gold” status award from the Investors in People organisation. This is in recognition of our success and on-going commitment to increase our employees’ skills, abilities and to maximise employability.

Personal development is embedded as a key part of our organisational culture. When you join us you’ll have access to a wide range of training opportunities, including sponsorship for qualifications, through a self-managed portal;; in addition to developmental work in local settings.


Our apprenticeship scheme has been operating successfully for more than ten years. Investing in our future workforce to ensure we have the right people with the right skills who can fully develop their potential, is one of our key priorities. Our apprenticeship programme is highly regarded as one of the key employment pathways to working in Southwark, with tremendous successes for our apprentices securing employment.

Social Care

We’re committed to supporting your continuing professional development from the outset of your career. As part of our Social Care Teams, newly qualified social workers benefit from a one-year support programme and a dedicated practice development manager, in addition to structured training and learning during the year. All social work staff benefit from a wide variety of training and learning events, as well as coaching sets and other developmental activities, including post-qualifying awards though our sponsorship scheme and specialist training on local priorities and initiatives. You can find out more on the “mylearningsource” portal.

Planning Your Career

It can be difficult to know where to start when looking for your next job or planning your career. The National Careers Service website offers advice and information, which we hope you’ll find useful in choosing to make an application with us. Click here to find out more.

HSF health plan and eyecare scheme

Need to see a doctor or optician urgently? No problem, because with HSF (a not for profit organisation), you can have a medical cash plan and seek help as soon as you need it, and without waiting for an NHS appointment.

Modern offices

We’re working to make Southwark a cleaner, greener and safer place to live and work. As part of our modernisation programme, most staff are now located at new buildings in Tooley Street, near to London Bridge, and Queens Road in Peckham.