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Cornwall Council’s ambition is to be an employer of choice. A high performing Council and a learning organisation.

This includes being committed to providing an employee reward and benefits package. This will attract, retain, motivate and reward our employees.

Core benefits

  • A competitive salary. (Cornwall Council pays employees a minimum of the Living Wage Foundation rate. This excludes some training roles / placements).
  • A defined benefit pension scheme, based on your career average earnings. This includes the option for additional voluntary contributions.
  • 26 days annual leave per year (pro rata), rising to 29 days after five years' continuous service. Plus bank holidays and ability to purchase additional annual leave.
  • Family friendly leave, pay and working arrangements.
  • You may be able to work flexible hours and take 'flexi leave' for any accrued time.

Relocation support

We have a Relocation Scheme available to support recruitment and employment in certain roles.

This is for successfully appointed employees who would need to relocate in order to accept a job offer with Cornwall Council.

Up to £8,000 is available.

Our relocation Scheme aims to support eligible employees in these circumstances through financial contribution to relocation costs.

These may include contribution to: 

  • removals costs
  • legal and estate agent fees
  • furniture storage fees
  • and separation allowances

Work life balance and flexible working

Cornwall Council offers a range of flexible working opportunities under our Worksmart Policy. This can be discussed as part of the recruitment process.

These offer a number of ways in which you can carry out work with greater work/life balance, whilst still ensuring that service needs are met.

A few examples of our flexible working opportunities are below: 

  • Working from home
  • Annualised hours
  • Compressed hours
  • Core Hours and Flexi-Time
  • Job Share
  • Part-Time Working

Recruitment bonus scheme

We offer a Welcome Payment of £4,000 for qualified social workers who have completed their ASYE, and are new to social work in Cornwall Council.

This is paid upon successful completion of probation period. Further terms and conditions apply.

Please e-mail our Recruitment Team for further information


Cornwall Council has a national award-winning Health and Wellbeing Programme. It is committed to providing healthcare information and opportunities for employees to live healthier lives. This includes: 

  • wellbeing checks
  • lifestyle clinics
  • a range of wellbeing training from mindfulness to healthy eating
  • live fitness classes
  • confidential counselling provided by Insights Healthcare
  • a dedicated Facebook page to connect with other staff and share opportunities for health and wellbeing

Central to our Health and Wellbeing program is the training and support of Health, Safety and Wellbeing Champions in workplaces.

Health Champions can access BID funding to develop a wellbeing initiative. They also attend exclusive Health Champion events such as network meetings and an annual wellbeing conference.

In 2017 Cornwall Council were awarded Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative. This was at the National CIPD People Management Awards.

The champion network stood out for the CIPD judging panel who highlighted our champions as the ‘heart and soul of the project’.

Return to social work

We welcome candidates considering a return to Social Work in Cornwall.

We can support those who are SWE registered, but not worked in statutory Social Work at all, or for some time with an enhanced induction.

We are also able to consider experienced social workers who have taken a career break of between two and ten years, and their SWE registration has expired.

In these instances we can offer a supported programme of learning and development to allow you to re-register with SWE. For more details please e-mail

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