Find out more about the benefits we offer.
We offer competitive salaries, determined by the council in line with that determined by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.
Our pension scheme is the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) scheme. As an employee, your contribution rate depends on how much you are paid but will be between 5.5 per cent and 7.5 per cent of your pensionable pay. The employer’s contribution rate is currently 16 per cent.
Annual leave and public holidays
Posts up to and including scale 6
The person appointed will be entitled to 21 days annual leave plus 12 bank or other holidays.
SO and PO grades, Head of Service and Director posts
The person appointed will be entitled to 23 days (SO and PO grades), 30 days (Head of Service), 32 days (Director) annual leave plus 12 bank or other holidays.
Hours of duty
This will vary depending on the post.
For most office based posts, the hours of duty are 37 per week, working five days per week, Monday to Friday. Flexible working hours are in operation between 7.30am and 6.30pm, with set core times that the person appointed must be in work.
For posts working shift patterns (for example, Dog Warden, Zookeeper, Front Office Co-ordinator), the shift rota is determined on a ‘post by post’ basis and the hours of duty will be stated in the application pack.
Some posts require post-holders to wear Belfast City Council branded clothing while on duty. If you are appointed to one of these posts (for example, Dog Warden, Park Warden, Cleansing Operative), uniform clothing will be issued by the relevant department. Facilities for changing and storage will be available.
Work Life Balance
We’ve developed a range of flexible working practices to make it easier for our employees to have a balance between the demands of work and their personal life.
- job-share and part-time working
- phased returns to work and career breaks
- maternity, paternity, adoption, parental, carer's, marriage, bereavement, special and annual leave
- a childcare voucher scheme for employees.
The childcare vouchers scheme has been introduced by the council in conjunction with Employers for Childcare. It operates on a system whereby part of your salary can be sacrificed to purchase childcare vouchers. As the vouchers are exempt from National Insurance Contributions (NIC) you can save on childcare costs.
Health and Wellbeing
Many of our health and wellbeing services are provided by the Corporate Health and Safety Unit and the Occupational Health Unit including:
- eye and ear tests
- general health checks and diet and lifestyle advice
- display screen equipment assessments
- employee counselling
We also run several schemes designed to help you improve your overall health and fitness which include:
- Stop Smoking programme
- Healthwise programme
- Cycle to Work scheme
- career development opportunities which you can apply for on a temporary or permanent basis.
- a structured approach to training and development, including developing personal development plans (PDPs) for all employees.
- in-house mandatory training for all employees
- financial assistance and
- time off work for employees who have approval to study for formal work-related qualifications.
Careers with Belfast City Council
Belfast City Council is made up of several different departments covering a wide variety of posts; from Cleansing Operative to Building Control Surveyor, City Events Officer to Graphic Designer, and everything in between.
Disability Support Network
The network exists to allow staff with a disability to meet in a mutually supportive environment to share experiences and express views, and provide members with an opportunity to influence council policies, procedures and practices and feed into future disability action plans.
The aim of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) staff network is to bring together, across all areas of the council, individuals who identify as belonging to the LGB&T community along with their allies and other supporters, in order to meet and share ideas. We firmly believe that when a person brings 'their whole self' to work, it not only benefits them but us as an employer too.
The network exists to allow female staff to support each other in their career and personal development, provide a forum for women to communicate and share ideas, and build a network of relationships across the council and wider community.
If you have a disability or English isn’t your first language, and you encounter any difficulties with any aspect of the recruitment process, please call our helpline on 028 9027 0640 during office hours (8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am - 4.30pm on Friday. Our office is closed on bank and other public holidays).
Please contact us on our helpline if you require any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment and selection process.
Please don't assume that if you have indicated on the Equal Opportunities monitoring form that you have a disability, reasonable adjustments will automatically be made. This form is detached before being viewed by the selection panel.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
We welcome applications from people with disabilities and operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. This means if you have a disability, and you apply and meet the essential criteria for one of our positions, we will consider your application under this scheme. If you wish to obtain further information about the Guaranteed Interview Scheme please contact us on 028 9027 0640.
If you need a job application form and guidance pack in an alternative format, please contact us on 028 9027 0640.
Did you know you can make a donation to any registered UK charity (or charities) of your choice straight from your pay?
Your donation is taken from your salary before tax is deducted, which means that it actually costs you less. For example, every £1 you give will cost you only 80p (or 60p if you pay the higher tax rate) as it's taken from your gross pay.
TaxSmart (discounted travel)
TaxSmart helps you save money on bus travel to and from work. We’ve worked with Translink to develop the scheme and are the first organisation in Northern Ireland to offer it to employees.
Cycle To Work scheme
Employees can also save money on the cost of a bicycle and equipment by joining our Cycle to Work scheme. We’ve joined forces with Cyclescheme, the UK’s leading provider of tax-free bikes, to deliver this service to our staff.
Recycling at work
As a council, it’s our job to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle as much of their waste as possible, so we can meet European and national legislative targets. We have a small team working to improve the standard of waste management at various premises - raising their recycling rates to around 60 per cent and saving the council thousands of pounds in the process.
All current Belfast City Council employees and current Belfast City Council agency assignees can benefit from offers and discounts from local businesses. Categories include clothes and accessories, cars, food and drink, hair and beauty, health and fitness, holiday lets, lessons, and many more.
Every other month, employees receive a copy of our staff magazine, Intercom, which includes a message and a news overview from our Chief Executive as well as other useful information and updates from within Belfast City Council, staff acknowledgements and recognition, and competitions.