Careers in Adult Social Care

Support and benefits

BSL RETINA Support

We value the well-being of our staff and support them with the following employee benefits:

  • Employee Assistance Programme providing free 24-hour counselling, support and expert advice on personal, financial and legal issues (for employees and members of their family living at the same address). 
  • Annual free eye test  
  • Car user mileage allowance 
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Relocation package up to £7,000 (specific criteria applies)
  • Cycle allowance  
  • Subsidised leisure pass 
  • ​Mobile Phone 
  • Laptop 
  • Occupational health service 
  • Flexible working policy 
  • Generous annual leave starting at 23 days and rising to 31 days.  This excludes the 3 days over the Christmas period.  
    • After 5 Years of continuous Local Government Service 28 days 
    • After 5 Years of continuous service with Newham 29 days 
    • After 7 Years of continuous service with Newham 30 days 
    • After 10 Years of continuous service with Newham 31 days 
    • Plus 8 UK Public Holidays and 3 days additional leave over the Christmas period 
  • ​Family friendly leave policy (subject to qualifying criteria available immediately below) 

Family leave entitlement  

Family leave​ 

​Entitlement 

Maternity leave​ 

​Newham Council provides up to 52 weeks of maternity leave for a new mother. The first 6 weeks is paid at 90% of pay, and then the next 12 weeks is paid at 50% of pay followed by 21 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay. After this. employees are then entitled to take a further 13 weeks of unpaid leave. However, some of this period of leave maybe shared with the father or partner under the shared parental provisions – see below. 

​​Paternity Leave 

​Paternity leave allows up to 10 days paid leave for new fathers who are caring for a new-born child (or children) or supporting the mother who is caring for a child or children newly placed for adoption or for supporting the adopter. 

Parental Leave​ 

​Parental leave is a right to take time off work to look after a child. Parents can use it to spend more time with children and strike a better balance between their work and family commitments. Up to 18 weeks per child, in short or long breaks, can be taken but this leave is unpaid. 

​Shared Parental Leave 

​Shared Parental Leave enables eligible parents to choose how to share the care of their child during the first year of birth or adoption. Its purpose is to give parents more flexibility in considering how to best care for, and bond with their child. All eligible employees have a statutory right to take Shared Parental Leave. 

​Adoption Leave 

​Adoption leave mirrors maternity pay and allows up to 52 weeks of leave, with the same provisions as maternity pay. In addition, the leave can be shared under the shared parental leave provisions and the partner of the adopter may also qualify for parental leave.