Working for us

Find out what it is like to work for us, including our values and behaviours, equal opportunities and employee benefits.

About us

Recently named the UK's best place to live by the Halifax Quality of Life survey 2020, East Herts is renowned for its bustling market towns and picturesque countryside.

With a population of around 148,000, the main towns in East Herts are Bishop's Stortford, Hertford, Ware, Buntingford, and Sawbridgeworth. The rest of the population lives in a mixture of villages and rural hamlets, each with their own identity and personality.

East Herts is a small council with big ambition. Communities are at the heart of what we do and our Corporate Plan sets out the strategic direction for the council and us supported by four priorities:

  • Sustainability at the heart of everything we do
  • Enabling our communities
  • Encouraging economic growth
  • Digital by design

The "seed" concept represents the priorities of the Council as it characterises much of what our district offers. As well as our commitment to sustainability and being greener, East Herts is a place where you can grow - whether you want to move to a new energy efficient home, expand your business or enjoy our market towns and fantastic green spaces whilst still being in easy reach of London.

Over 2020/21 - 2023/24 we will continue to provide much needed housing but ensuring this comes with the right investment in infrastructure for travel, education and health. We also have planned investments of well over £100m in the next few years to improve our leisure and arts offering as well as help keep town centres vibrant and relevant.

Our staff, whatever their role, all help us meet our goals by providing great services to our local community and residents. We look for people with potential and excellent transferable skills that we can develop rather than people that have just worked in similar roles before.

We take diversity seriously and value people on their merits. To help staff, we offer a supportive working environment where development opportunities are encouraged and flexible working arrangements and many other benefits allow for a positive work-life balance.

Why work for East Herts?

We are proud of our 'one team' culture where everyone contributes to delivering great services to our local community and residents.

We offer a great working environment, flexible working options, many benefits and development opportunities, as well as the chance to improve the lives of East Herts residents.

Below are just some of the reasons you should join us.

We are 'One Team'

We don't just state our values, we live them. These values define the relationship between the council and its people, and underpin our approach to performance, reward and well-being:

  • Here to help
  • We work together
  • We aim high

By demonstrating our corporate values in everything we do, we not only make a real difference to our local communities but also for our staff and their progression.

In addition to our values, we are proud to have a supportive working culture with strong staff groups that support each other such as our carers' support group, mental health first aiders, and buddy programme.

We encourage creativity and ideas to improve the delivery of services and working environment, and our regular all staff briefings, staff suggestion scheme and monthly staff recognition award ensure we continue working together as one team.

Benefits working for us

  • A stimulating and supportive work environment
  • Flexible working arrangements, one day a week working from home if you want to
  • Employee well-being programme
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • 28 days annual leave rising to 33 days with 5 years' local government service
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team

As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as lift-share.

Equality and Diversity

However you identify yourself, whatever community you come from, we want the skills and commitment you have to bring. We want to work with you as an individual to help plan and support your career growth at East Herts. We're determined to break down barriers. We want East Herts to be a great place to work, learn and be able to contribute for everybody.