Working for Burnley Council

Thank you for showing an interest in working for Burnley Council. We are responsible for providing a wide range of services together with our partners that affect the lives of the people who live and work in Burnley and have been steadily improving our performance over a number of years. 

About us

The council’s main objectives are around the following themes:

  • PEOPLE: Creating flourishing, healthy and confident communities
  • PLACES: Making the borough a place of choice to live
  • PROSPERITY: Creating opportunities for a secure economic future
  • PERFORMANCE: Continually improving our services

If you work for us, in whatever capacity, you will be contributing to these aims.

TEAM – Together, Ambitious, Enterprising, Meeting Customer Needs

Our values explain why we are here – leading the way and being ambitious for Burnley and working together with partners and the community we serve to deliver our strategic plan.  They describe how we go about our business, they share and summarise what our priorities and driving forces are and are meaningful and easily remembered by colleagues.

Graohic showing the four values of Together, Ambitious, Enterprising and Meeting Customer Needs


We are committed to supporting the development of our citizens and attracting high quality and motivated people to our organisation. We are also committed to creating a culture of passing on skills and knowledge in order to support skills development for our future.

The council operates an apprenticeship scheme currently in the areas of business administration and horticulture. Sport apprenticeships are available via Burnley Leisure & Culture. The term apprentice can mean different things to different people. For the purpose of this scheme an apprenticeship is a fixed term contract for a period of 1, 2 or 3 years that provides young people with an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, experience and competences supported by external training – usually involving day release.

Our apprentices are inducted into the authority in the same way as all new employees, however additional support/familiarisation is provided through our mentoring scheme.

The Council also offers apprenticeship courses to existing employees as part of their agreed development.

different apprentices undertaking a range of tasks

Benefits and rewards

Local government employees contribute to the local community whilst working in a dynamic, fair and flexible environment. Whoever you are and whatever your background, working in or for local government gives you the opportunity not only to develop your career, but also make a difference to people’s lives.

Over recent years we have demonstrated our commitment to modernising our services to meet changing customer demand and also improving our performance through developing our existing workforce and through strategic partnership arrangements. This ensures we continue to deliver quality services and that we maintain and enhance our reputation as an organisation that punches above its weight.

Family friendly policies and procedures are part of the standard contract offer to our employees because we understand that our employees have commitments outside the workplace Working for the council offers:

Flexitime & Hybrid working

The Council benefits from a 36¼ hour working week.  In most cases, flexible working arrangements will make it possible to vary your start and finish times to balance work and home life in accordance with the business needs of the service.

We also offer hybrid working where, if business needs allow, employees can work remotely for up to 2 days per week.

Annual Leave

The Council provides a generous allowance of 26 days annual leave pro rata per full year, rising to 30 days after five years continuous service.  Our leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.  Employees also have the option to buy up to 2 weeks additional leave.

Salary scales

Employees are paid according to locally agreed pay grades using the national spinal column points.  In most cases you will receive an increment rise annually until you reach the top of your grade.

Local Government Pension Scheme.

The council offers a career average pension scheme to all employees.

Learning and development opportunities

Burnley Council positively encourages and supports personal and professional development.

Car mileage allowance

The council will pay car mileage allowance if you use your car for business purposes at the request of the council.

Cycle to work scheme

The Council operates a scheme which allows staff to make tax and NI savings on the purchase of bicycles and cycling accessories.

Discount scheme

Employees are able to access our discount scheme which offers savings at many retailers & leisure providers including supermarkets and restaurants.

Healthcare Insurance

We offer membership to a health benefit scheme which provides a low-cost health plan designed to help with the rising costs of everyday healthcare including dentistry and eye care and payments are deducted directly from your salary.

Sick pay

We currently pay sick pay in line with national conditions.

Health and wellbeing

The Council actively promotes employee wellbeing through a range of polices that support work-life balance. Our health and wellbeing working group brings together colleagues with various expertise and skills to promote or deliver various initiatives that encourage employees to stay well. These vary but can include stress awareness training, charity events, health checks, cycling club, health awareness events, book club, craft club and yoga classes.

We also have an Employee Assistance Programme which employees can access for confidential support for both personal and work related matters and a comprehensive corporate training programme that includes health and safety training.

Equality and diversity

The council takes equality and diversity very seriously.

We value and are committed to celebrating the diversity of the local population and to providing employment opportunities, facilities and services that are appropriate, sensitive and accessible.

We have a number of corporate strategies relating to equality and diversity, organisational development, and employee health and wellbeing.

Learning and development

coverf of this year's learning calender

The council has an extensive portfolio of learning activity available to all employees.

Every employee has an annual performance development review which highlights personal learning and development requirements for the next 12 months, which are reviewed and evaluated regularly. A wide range of quality training courses are available in the council’s corporate calendar which is updated annually. All new starters receive a thorough service unit induction and a corporate induction as an important introduction to council life.

The council is proud to invest in its own-grown talent and has various networks of internal trainers, corporate coaches, mentors, apprentices, e–learning authors and learning & development representatives.

The range of opportunity is always developing and varied as the council actively supports lifelong learning; apprenticeships; skills development and a coaching culture through a variety of methods from courses, coaching activity, shadowing opportunities, secondment, action learning, management and leadership development and talent programmes. The Team Burnley Change Management Programme Board and the Organisational Development Strategy provide the framework for progression for such activity.

We have a group of fully trained and experienced coaches and mentors to help with employee development needs.

Living in the area

Burnley is a thriving town centre weaved into a Pennine landscape of historical houses, canalside cottages, former mills, popular suburbs and picturesque villages. It has excellent shopping, great nightlife, and award winning parks, all surrounded by breathtaking countryside.

With a large and varied choice of primary and secondary schools, as well as further education facilities such as Burnley College, the town is a great place to live for families.  UCLan has committed to increasing its student numbers making Burnley a bustling university town.

Places of interest include Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Gawthorpe Hall and the Straight Mile, one of the seven wonders of the canal system. For the more active there’s the St Peter’s leisure centre, Prairie Sports Village, Rossendale Valley Sailing Club and numerous walking, cycling, and riding facilities and pathways not to mention various golf courses.

For the spectator Burnley has a famous football club based at Turf Moor and local cricket clubs.

For the artistic, Burnley has a vibrant youth theatre and a number of other local theatre groups. Burnley Mechanics Theatre has a comprehensive programme. The town’s multiplex cinema provides another alternative.

There really is something for everyone in Burnley

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Working for us

We are an organisation that takes the wellbeing of our staff seriously. We work hard to ensure our employees receive the learning and development they need to do their jobs effectively. We have a fair pay and grading system, offer working conditions that support a healthy, work-life balance and encourage positive mental and physical wellbeing through various workplace initiatives.

Our organisation has a wide range of occupations and career opportunities.

Make a real difference to people’s lives. Develop a worthwhile career in an environment where value and respect for diversity extends not just to our employees, but to those who use our services.

We regularly ask our employees how they feel about working for our organisation and they tell us that they are satisfied with how they are managed, with their terms and conditions and with the development opportunities that working for Burnley offers them.

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