Team Reading

These principles underpin the way we work day-to-day, and the major initiatives that are the foundation for modern, cost-effective services that will improve the lives of local people set out in our themes.

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success.

The Team Reading values guide how we will achieve this:

T   We will work Together

  • We will work as one organisation, collaborate and support each other
  • We will demonstrate the Team Reading leadership behaviours and the Nolan principles
  • We will value equality, diversity and inclusion
  • We will recognise and celebrate the hard work and successes of our colleagues

E   We will drive Efficiency

  • We will look at best practice and ensure we deliver quality services and value for money
  • The Corporate Transformation Programme will modernise the way we work to ensure we meet the changing expectations of our customers

A   We will be Ambitious

  • We will look at best practice and ensure we deliver quality services and value for money
  • Our People Strategy will help us to recruit, retain and engage staff
  • We will transform our services to make them fit for the future
  • We will be proud to enter and win awards for the great work we do

M   We will Make a Difference

  • We will measure our performance against our priorities
  • We will set stretching targets for improvement
  • More customers will tell us they are very satisfied with our services.

You put a lot in to your job. We believe you should get a lot back. A career at Reading Borough Council comes with a lot more than just a monthly salary. You can make the most of our flexible and hybrid working arrangements, helping you to balance the demands of your home life with those of the workplace. And if the demands of home include looking after very little people, you’ll be pleased to know that we have an onsite nursery that is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

The council offers competitive salaries that reflect our desire to attract the best people to work here, and to reward them fairly for the great work that they do.

Our benefits in full:

  • Generous holiday entitlement – 31 days holiday each year plus bank holidays – rising to 33 days after 10 years’ local government service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
  • A wide range of flexible and hybrid working opportunities
  • Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance – three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • Employee Assistance Programme – round-the-clock access to free, impartial and completely confidential support and advice from trained therapists and legal experts
  • Onsite day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan – a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Cycle salary sacrifice scheme
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement
  • Shopping vouchers and money off deals
  • Staff Club – organises events such as pub quizzes and theatre trips
  • Eye care – help towards an eye test and glasses, if you use a computer at work
  • Relocation scheme offering up to £8,000 towards the cost of relocating permanently to Reading