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Our offer

As part of the Gateshead team, you will enjoy favourable terms and conditions, attractive benefits packages, and staff development opportunities to help you reach your full potential.

By pursuing your career with Gateshead Council, we can guarantee you will have:

  • a senior leadership team that listens and care about you and your work
  • your base in the same building as all social care teams, allowing support not just from your allocated team but all services (not applicable to residential settings)
  • a culture which takes pride in and actively celebrates social work
  • excellent opportunities for staff development and career progression to help you reach your full potential
  • protected time to access opportunities for learning & development, be it statutory training, career progressing training or e-learning courses that fit into your working day. We also have a corporate training offer so you will feel part of the service and strategy in no time
  • protected time for professional supervision
  • protected time for employee induction scheme

As part of the Gateshead team, you will also enjoy favourable terms and conditions, attractive benefits packages:

  • competitive salary
  • relocation package (where applicable)
  • flexible and hybrid working arrangements offering the opportunity to reap the benefits of a mixture of working from home and the office environment to enable accessing the support of colleagues and benefits from our learning culture (not applicable to residential settings)
  • a generous annual leave package of 28 days (2 of which are fixed), increasing to 30 days (plus 2 fixed) following 5 years' service.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase up to 10 days extra leave via our Annual Leave Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • access to the flexi scheme which will allow you to work a 9 day fortnight, depending on the needs of the service (not applicable to shift workers)
  • great transport links with the use of reliable and frequent public transport and have access to a discounted Annual Pass. You will also have use of Co-wheel pool cars and access to the Cycle to Work salary sacrifice scheme
  • being a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • eligibility to access a range of other staff offers and discounts such as various offers and discounts on shopping and household spend, including O2, Virgin Media and Dell Advantage discount programme
  • eligible to access the BlueLight Card Scheme


Watch some of our colleagues describe their experiences of working for us

If you are thinking about starting or progressing your career in social work these videos provide a real insight into what working for Gateshead Council is like. Colleagues describe everything from induction, support, training and career opportunities to work perks, work life balance and the culture.

Training opportunities

"I have gained a breadth of practice experience and knowledge whilst being supported and encouraged to undertake training and shadowing opportunities in other areas to further my knowledge". - Social Work Practitioner

We recognise that our staff is our most important resource. We are committed to the learning and development of our employees. We have a great Workforce Development offer and development opportunities which have a positive impact on employee knowledge and skills.

We will invest in you to make sure you have the right skills and experience to provide a high quality service to the people of Gateshead. We also expect a high quality of social work practice in return. To help you achieve this we have created clear practice standards covering our core social work activities.

"Leaders and managers have created a culture in which social workers are valued and feel valued.  Staff are positive about the support, guidance and training they receive and the visibility of senior managers." - Ofsted, 2019