Wigan Council employs over 4,000 staff, not including schools. We are the ninth largest metropolitan authority in the country and the second largest in Greater Manchester, delivering over 700 services to 320,000 residents. As one of the biggest employers in the borough, the council have focussed on our relationship with staff through an innovative range of engagement, reward and recognition initiatives.
Our workforce strives to be the best they can and are committed to the Be Wigan Behaviours. Upon induction to the workplace all staff are given the opportunity to go through an experience known as Be Wigan. Here they are shown all about the priorities of the council and the behaviours. If you are courageous, positive and accountable Wigan is the right place for your next career move.
Our workforce are happy and engaged. The Chief Executive and Leader of the council regularly hold events for staff to attend. These are called Listening into Action. It is an opportunity for staff to hear more about the council’s priorities and ask any questions directly to the chief executive.
The Staff Deal
Wigan Council employees are given the chance to sign up to the ‘Staff Deal’. The Staff Deal is an informal agreement with all staff which outlines what employees can expect from us, and in return what we expect from them. It is a series of pledges on our part and their part. We aim to reward commitment and hard work if staff can be efficient, flexible and professional.
- Provide strong, honest and visible leadership
- Reward your commitment and hard work
- Care for your health and wellbeing
- Listen to you and put your ideas into action
- Support you to give something back
- Offer opportunities to learn and grow
- Be one team, one council
- Believe in you
- Listen, be open, honest and friendly
- Be efficient, flexible and professional
- Care for your health and stay active
- Tell us how we can improve
- Give something back wherever you can
- Take opportunities to learn and grow
- Be one team, one council
- Believe in yourself and our borough
Donna Hall, Chief Executive
"Over the years we have heard staff tell us the many reasons they’re proud to work for Wigan Council and we’ve heard inspiring ideas and suggestions of what we can do to improve things here."
As a Council we use a range of new technology to support residents to be independent and in control, enabling them to be able to access services and support digitally. The council and its partners are always looking for new ways to work with residents. Wigan Council has been nationally recognised for leading the digital way. At the Local Government Chronicle Awards, we were crowned winners of the Digital Council of the Year.
Benefits of Working for Us
As an employer we want to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment by giving them the opportunity to access a range of exclusive rewards and benefits. From a pension scheme to an employee benefits platform, what we offer at Wigan is much more than just a payslip. Here are some of the things available for our employees.
A savings and benefits web site which provides our staff with exclusive discounts at a range of high street retailers both in store and on line. In addition to this we have teamed up with organisations across the borough to offer some great local discounts to our staff.
Employee volunteering scheme
We encourage employees to take part in our volunteering scheme by providing up to two days leave per year to give something back to the local community.
Employees have the opportunity to purchase up to five days additional leave each year. Payments are spread across the leave year and employees can make tax and national insurance savings on their contributions too.
Salary sacrifice & salary deduction schemes
We operate a number of salary sacrifice and salary deduction schemes for staff to take part in to spread the cost of purchasing a good or service, some of which employees may make tax or national insurance savings on, or they can take advantage of discounted rates. Some of our schemes include, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, health care cash plans and annual rail tickets.
We have a number of services available to support staff and care for their health and wellbeing, these include, discounted gym membership, fast track physiotherapy, free flu immunisation, paid time off to attend non-routine medical appointments and access to our employee assistance programme providing 24 hour support and counselling services.
Confident council awards
Each year the council holds our annual staff recognition awards, the confident council awards. The awards recognise and celebrate our employee’s commitment and hard work. The awards give our staff the opportunity to tell us about colleagues who go above and beyond to provide excellent service or who have exceeded expectations whilst demonstrating the council's behaviours.
Loyalty reward scheme
Employees who achieve key service milestones with the council will be rewarded; milestones recognised are 10, 20, 30, 40 & 50 years’ service.
Attendance reward scheme
Employees who are not absent from work due to sickness will be entered into a prize draw to win a monetary rewards. All employees who are not absent each year will be rewarded with an additional day’s annual leave.