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Work for us

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. 

Scale 1B to Scale 6

        Scale from 01 April 2019 SCP Point
Scale 1B                          £17,364 1
  £17,711 2
Scale 1C £17,711 2
  £18,065 3
Scale 1D £18,065 3
Scale 2 £18,426 4
  £18,795 5
Scale 3 £18,795 5
  £19,171 6
Scale 4 £19,554
  £19,945 8
  £20,751 10 
  £21,166 11 
 Scale 5 £21,589 12 
  £22,021 13
  £22,462 14
  £22,911 15
  £23,369 16
  £23,836 17 
Scale 6 £24,313  18 
  £24,799 19
  £25,295 20
  £25,801 21
  £26,317 22


Senior Officer Scales

  Scale from 1 April 2019 SCP Point
Senior Officer Grade 1 £26,999 23 
  £27,905 24
  £28,785 25 
Senior Officer Grade 2  £29,636  26 
  £30,507  27 
  £31,371 28 

Principal Officer Scales

Scale from 1 April 2019   SCP Point
PO1                                £30,507 27
  £31,371 28
  £32,029 29
  £32,878 30
PO2 £32,029 29
  £32,878 30
  £33,799 31
  £34,788 32
PO3  £34,788 32 
  £35,934  33
  £36,876  34
  £37,849  35
PO4 £37,849  35 
  £38,813  36 
  £39,782 37 
  £40,760 38
PO5 £40,760  38 
  £41,675 39 
  £42,683  40 
  £43,662  41 
PO6  £42,683  40 
  £43,662  41 
  £44,632 42
  £45,591 43 
PO7  £45,591  43 
  £46,565  44 
  £47,540  45 
  £48,529 46
PO8  £48,529  46 
  £49,526  47 
  £50,567  48 
PO9  £50,567  48 
  £51,630  49 
  £52,681  50
  £53,727  51 
PO10  £53,727  51 
  £54,775  52
  £55,820  53 
  £56,858  54 
PO11  £56,858  54 
  £57,903  55 
  £58,963  56 
  £60,021  57 
PO12 £58,963  56 
  £60,021  57 
  £61,056  58 
  £62,110  59 


Pension scheme

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 20 per cent. We also hold pre-retirement seminars to help those planning for retirement.

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. These include: 
  • flexi-time 
  • 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.

Childcare Vouchers

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

We offer: 
  • 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.

Staff Networks

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.

LGB&T Network 

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.

Women’s Network 

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.

Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

You can call our helpline on 028 9027 0640 during office hours to help you with any aspect of the recruitment process.

We are a Lead Partner and Member of Excellence of Employers for Disability NI.

Payroll Giving

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.

Cycle To Work scheme

Employees can also save between 25 and 39 per cent 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.

Download examples of how the scheme works and the effect it would have on your payslip.

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.

Staff offers

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.

Staff magazine

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.