In addition to working in one of England’s most beautiful locations, employees at East Devon District Council are entitled to a number of amazing benefits:


Our flexi-time scheme allows employees to flex start and finishing times and facilitate time off at another time, subject to business needs.

Flexible working

East Devon District Council has a ‘Worksmart’ flexible working approach. Our Worksmart 2022+ Vision (informed by learning through the pandemic) is that we want to create an even better working environment which is zero carbon, where people can work more smartly, more flexibly and be more productive, whilst delivering and enhancing the services we provide. Working arrangements are agreed within teams using our Worksmart Principles which include meeting customer needs, appropriate use of technology and workspaces, reducing our carbon impact, consideration of all flexible working forms, measuring success through outcomes and applying our behaviours framework to support Worksmart and to ensure everyone’s health, safety, wellbeing, positive relationships and effective service delivery. The appointing manager can tell you more about the Worksmart arrangements within the team you are applying to join.

Annual leave

Annual leave entitlement is dependent on the grade of the post and is outlined in the table below.

In addition there are eight bank holidays per year and two extra statutory days and one locally agreed day. The entitlements are pro-rata for part time employees.

Grade Basic + 5 years’ service*


22 days

25 days


23 days

26 days


24 days

27 days

Local government pension scheme

This is a career-average pension scheme which provides additional benefits such as three times your pensionable pay for death in service (tax free), partner and children’s pensions and also the ability to increase your benefits at retirement.

Christmas closedown

The council has a closedown period over Christmas. The exact length of the closure may vary each year.

Additional leave

You can buy up to an additional 12 days leave (pro-rata for part time employees) per year.

Excellent learning and development opportunities

You’ll receive outstanding learning and development opportunities. This ranges from classroom-based training to over 300 e-learning courses.

Employee assistance programme

We have an employee assistance programme provided by Health Assured which provides a range of advisory and support services to employees including up to six face-to-face counselling sessions. Family members are also covered by your membership and can access a wide range of support including telephone counselling.

Flu jab

A free seasonal flu vaccination is offered to all council employees each winter to help protect against flu.

Simply Health

This is a cash plan to claim money back towards dental treatment, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, chiropody and more.

Reduced gym membership

You can enjoy reduced corporate membership rate with LED Leisure to use their sport facilities throughout East Devon.   We have also a corporate rate with B! gym which has locations in Honiton and Lyme Regis.

Membership to CSSC Sports and Leisure

You’ll be able to join CSSC Sports and Leisure which is the largest provider of corporate leisure in the UK and fitness facilities.

This offers a huge range of activities and offers to its members, including but not limited to significantly reduced cinema tickets to major and local cinema chains, free entry to national heritage sites, discounts in major stores, and opportunities to attend open activities and holidays.

Flexible retirement

Flexible retirement is offered at the discretion of the business and this allows pension benefits to be taken from age 55.

Salary sacrifice schemes

East Devon District Council operate the following schemes, which allow colleagues to make savings through salary deductions on tax and National Insurance:

• Cycle scheme: a benefit which allows you to purchase a bike and make savings between 32 and 42 per cent depending on your personal tax circumstances

Happy, Healthy, Here initiatives

We believe to achieve our priority of being an outstanding council our employees need to be happy, because we know happy people who enjoy their work give a much better service to our customers. As part of this commitment we offer a number of initiatives which help improve general happiness and wellbeing – the council offers additional flexi-time for activities which are organised under the ‘Happy, Healthy, Here’ banner. Activities may include organised walks or organised on site exercise classes.

Free Parking

The council currently has free parking facilities but employees are encouraged to use alternative modes of transport where possible. We actively encourage car sharing and have allocated spaces for car sharers.

Generous sick pay entitlements

The period of sick pay, is based on the period of continuous employment as follows:

  • First year of service: one month’s full pay and (after completing four month’s service) two month’s half pay
  • Second year of service: two month’s full pay and two month’s half pay
  • Third year of service: four month’s full pay and four month’s half pay
  • Fourth and fifth year of service: fifth month’s full pay and five month’s half pay
  • After five years of service: six month’s full pay and six month’s half pay

You can search for all our jobs and apply online through our online recruitment section.