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Working at Waverley

We strive to make Waverley a better place to live and work. It's why we go all out to provide excellent services that meet the needs of our residents. When you join us, you will have freedom to use your skills and knowledge to support the wellbeing and vitality of our communities, give excellent customer service, strive for excellence and work as part of a team.

Whatever team you find yourself a part of, you'll find everything you need to have a job that's exciting, rewarding and enjoyable with training, support and development.

Whether you join us as a trainee, a manager or anything in between, Waverley is committed to your development. You'll have regular 1:2:1 meetings with your manager to discuss your performance and development needs as well as taking part in regular team meetings.

Whether you're an experienced professional seeking new challenges or a recent graduate eager to make your mark, there's a place for you in our team.

Find out more about Waverley - the council and the place - in our recruitment pack:

View/download our recruitment pack

Disability Confident Employer logo

We are proud to be a Level 2 Disability Confident employer.

We are committed to:

  • Inclusive and accessible recruitment
  • Communicating vacancies showing our commitment to the scheme
  • Offering an interview to people who have a disability when they have demonstrated in their application that they meet our essential criteria for the role
  • Providing reasonable adjustments
  • Supporting existing employees to stay in employment and to access learning and career development opportunities
  • Keeping and developing our people through our active programme of learning provided by Surrey Learn.

Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award

We are members of the Armed Forces Covenant. This means we will:

  • Welcome applications from serving or ex-members of the armed forces and their partners
  • Interview a serving or ex member of the armed forces or their partner when they have demonstrated in their application that they meet our essential criteria for the role
  • Recognise military skills and qualifications when considering relevant qualifications for the role
  • Take into account gaps in employment, or short terms periods of employment when considering experience for the role.

We are committed to supporting you to develop your career at Waverley in order to maintain our position as the local employer of choice. 

We have developed a number of different pathways for you to use at different stages of your career, whether that be as a new member of staff, during your probationary period, aspiring to be a new manager or as an experienced manager wishing to develop further. 

Waverley is the lead authority in the Surrey-wide Surrey Learn Partnership, which delivers over 50 different training courses, delivered either via Zoom or in the classroom.  For ease of choice, we have grouped them together and categories include Communication Skills, Management Development, Personal Effectiveness and Wellbeing. 

We also have an e-learning portal providing introductions to a number of topics and a virtual induction programme to help you get to know us better.

We fully exploit the opportunities available for existing staff under the Apprenticeship Levy, supporting specialist training to Masters Level. 

All our training supports you to be able to deliver our 110+ services to our residents and is underpinned by a robust Performance Management process.

We recognise the importance of a good work-life balance and want to make sure all our staff feel supported and appreciated.

As an employee of the council there are many benefits you will get on top of your salary.

Holidays and flexitime

We offer all our employees a generous annual leave allowance and staff also are entitled to flexitime where time is accrued. They can also apply for flexible working.


The basic annual leave entitlement varies according to the grade of the job. Check the documents attached to a job advert for the specific holiday entitlement.

The minimum annual entitlement for a full time member of staff is 22 days (plus bank holidays and three extra days between Christmas and New Year). This rises to 27 days after five years of continuous local government service.


You can also accrue flexitime (subject to authorisation) so that you can add to your holiday entitlement and / or take some time back in emergencies or for unplanned events.

You can take up to 13 flexi days a year (pro rata) provided, with your manager's agreement, you have worked sufficient hours and it's not essential for you to be at work during that time.

Flexible working

Waverley operates a flexible working hours scheme to support your work life balance. The offices are open to the public from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm (4.45 pm on Fridays) and staff are able to work flexibly, with agreement from their manager, from 7.15 am to 7 pm.


Everyone is automatically opted into the pension scheme.

Employee contributions will depend on annual pay and range from 5.5% to 10.5% of gross salary, depending on the pay band.  Waverley contributes 17.2% of your salary to your pension.

The scheme provides a range of excellent benefits including a pension based on final salary, life insurance and dependants' benefits. It is also secure because its benefits are defined and guaranteed in law.

Other benefits

The following are some of the other (non-contractual) benefits Waverley employees can expect:

  • Discounted gym membership
  • Car pool and car share
  • Season ticket loan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Health advice
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Sport and social club
  • Volunteering scheme
  • Quiet / prayer room.