Salary, Benefits and Support

We recognise that our greatest asset is our workforce. Our pay is competitive, and we enable salary progression through our Social Work Career Progression Framework.


Competitive Pay

We recognise that our greatest asset is our workforce. Our pay is competitive, and we enable salary progression through our Social Work Career Progression Framework.


The following salaries are per annum for 2018/19, based on working 37 hours per week (pro rata if part time):

  • Social Worker: 

    £28,221 – £37,107

  • Practitioner Manager:

     £37,107 – £40,858

  • Team Manager: £40,858 – £44,697


A great place to live and work and Help with the costs of relocating

Set in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan and just a short distance from the capital city of Cardiff, your work location offers a perfect place to live.


You will benefit from easy access to Cardiff Airport, major roads and a thriving public transport network, as well as beautiful countryside on your doorstep.


People living in the Vale of Glamorgan are some of the happiest in the UK, enjoying a high quality of life which includes high exam pass rates and a short commute to work.



We offer relocation assistance of up to £8,000, to help you move nearer to your new place of work (subject to eligibility). This covers specific removal and relocation costs, which can include removals; lodging or travelling allowance; disconnecting and reconnecting utilities; and certain professional fees (e.g. estate agents and solicitors).


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Local Government Pension Scheme 

We offer membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).  The scheme is very secure because its benefits are defined and guaranteed in law. The LGPS is contracted out of State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS) and must, in general, provide benefits at least as good as most members would have received had they been members of SERPS. 

Family-walking-in-countryAnnual Leave Purchase Scheme 

As part of a continued commitment to help employees to balance their work commitments with their home life, the Vale of Glamorgan operates a scheme allowing employees to purchase additional annual leave. 


Employees can choose to purchase either 5 or 10 days annual leave (pro rata for those who work part-time).


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Flexible Work/Life Balance

We recognise the importance of a work and home life balance and offer a range of family friendly policies.


We provide IT equipment that supports agile working and enables working from home; subject to agreement from your line manager and the needs of the service.

Manageable case loads and time for direct work

In partnership with our workforce, we have reviewed our structure to add increased resilience to the front door, to create a dedicated team for children looked after and to enable adequate resources for the completion of pre and care proceedings.


Social Work caseloads are carefully monitored to ensure capacity for direct work with children and their families and the completion of core tasks.  Business support has been further enhanced to ensure there is adequate support for Social Workers and there are additional resources in our Placements Team.

Staff Survey

The Council’s Annual Staff Survey has produced some really positive results for the Directorate.  We have seen an increase in the numbers of staff feeling they are treated with respect, listened to, appreciated and recognised for their work. 


More staff feel they are managed in a fair and consistent way and are clear about what is expected of them. 

Children and Young People Services has received a really positive 26.01% increase in the number of staff feeling trusted to get on with their job, and the survey has highlighted Children and Young People Services as the best performing service area in the Directorate. 

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Staff Appraisal and Development 

Informed by the employee engagement strategy, the Vale of Glamorgan’s annual appraisal scheme has been refreshed to make the process easier to use and more meaningful for all employees and, crucially part of the ongoing discussion between managers and staff. 


We are committed to training and career development, offering a rewarding and progressive career pathway that is open and equitable for all.  All staff receive regular formal supervision and access to experienced managers.


We encourage our staff to take opportunities to explore working in other teams as part of enhancing their learning and experience.


Social Workers wishing to seek promotion are encouraged to do so and we have a positive track record for succession planning.


Leadership Café 

We are extremely proud of our award winning Leadership Café which has introduced a new, informal way for current and aspiring leaders within the Vale of Glamorgan to network, share ideas and promote best practice. 


The Leadership Café welcomes current and future leaders from across the Council to attend monthly events in a friendly and relaxed setting. Every month there is an interesting presentation by a guest speaker or a current leader from within the Council.


Staff are encouraged to take part in thought provoking discussions aimed at developing current managers and encouraging new ones.

Employee Assistance Programme

Our Employee Assistance Programme offers emotional and practical support for issues at work and at home. 


The services are available both online and through a Freephone number at any time, day or night. 

Support is available in a number of ways:


  • A telephone counselling service, providing advice, information and support 24/7, 365 days of the year.
  • Access to free and impartial information, advice and support, to help you find practical answers to real life questions. Common subjects include family and personal issues, finance/debt management, benefits, employment, childcare provision, health, writing wills and consumer matters.
  • An online health and wellbeing service with a vast resource of regularly updated articles and information designed to help you manage a healthy lifestyle.
  • A website and mobile app which provides free interactive health and personal fitness support.



Inclusiveness, Equality and Diversity

We aim to promote an inclusive culture for all staff. So, whatever your background, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation, we welcome you and your application.