There's no more important a role than children's social worker. And so, it's vital that the rewards package our high-calibre people receive reflects the impact they make. We think it does. (All payments are subject to the rules of each scheme and the value is dependent on the specific post.)

Golden Hello

You'll receive a Golden Hello payment of up to a maximum of £3,000.

Student Loan Allowance Scheme

We will reimburse between 50% and 100% of your monthly student loan payment.

Professional Subscriptions

We reimburse the cost of any professional subscriptions you have.

Retention Payment

You will receive up to £3,000 after 12 months completed service.

Relocation/support package

If joining us means living more than a 75 mile radius from your main place of work and you're relocating within a 25 mile radius of your normal place of work, you may be eligible for a key skills relocation package. We understand that everyone has different circumstances and our aim is to be as flexible as possible to support your move to Torbay. If you're eligible, we will offer you:

- a tailored relocation package of up to £8,000, when moving from one rental property to another, or up to £15,000 if you are having to sell and purchase a property

- help with finding temporary accommodation, if required

- help with finding a home to rent or buy

- help with finding a suitable nursery or school for your children.


We pride ourselves on giving our social workers the best, most job-enhancing technology possible. You can look forward to:

- Lenovo Miix 520 tablet with both sim card and wifi capability to ensure wherever you are working, you can be connected

- Use of Softphone technology

- Connection to the Council network through the use of a simple and reliable VPN connection

- 4G capable smartphone

In addition, you can look forward to a range of broader benefits:


The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees working in local government. Visit for more information.

Annual leave

As a full-time employee, you’ll be entitled to a minimum of 25 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays. This rises by one additional day’s leave each year, on the anniversary of your employment, to a total of 30 days as a full-time employee. You'll receive a further day’s leave after 10 years' service.

Subsidised car parking

Staff car parking permits are issued to Torbay council staff members and are for use in Torbay council pay and display car parks. Car parks around council offices are plentiful and council staff are able to park each day for a daily fee of either 50 pence (up to 6 hours) or £1. You'll also be able to use your permit, and subsidised rate, at weekends in council car parks throughout Torbay.

Essential car users

If you meet the criteria of our essential car user policy, we will pay you an enhanced mileage allowance.

Colleague benefits and discounts

MyLifestyle is our staff benefits scheme. Here you'll be able to access discounts and cashback on a whole host of popular brands plus offers from local retailers. MyLifestyle also includes the Cycle2Work scheme and Eyecare Vouchers.


You will have access to a free, confidential counselling service, should you need it at any point.


You will have access to a confidential coaching service.

Flexible working

We offer a range of flexible friendly policies including flexible working and a career break scheme.

Employee Referral Programme

Although we have a robust and effective recruitment strategy, which means that we attend job fairs, university open days and the like, we know that our most successful recruiters are our people. We want to recognise the power and persuasiveness of your word-of-mouth once you are a Torbay employee.

If you recommend Torbay to friends, former colleagues and contacts, and they get a Social Work job with us, we will give you £1,000 (split over two payments) to say thank you.

Please Note: The amounts payable will be dependent on your specific post and subject to the rules of each scheme. These rules are available to you on request.