Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Folkestone and Hythe is a local government district in Kent, England, in the south-east of the county.

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Staff at this Kent local authority say they enjoy the variety of work and the people in their teams, but most of all they love making a difference in their community.

This includes not just dealing with council tax, planning permission and taxi licences, but also helping vulnerable people who need their time and support. The council's 450 employees work as one high-performing team and pride themselves on using technology to be as efficient as possible. Everyone is kept updated on its plans and progress through regular newsletters, videos, podcasts and bi-monthly all-staff meetings.

There is an embedded culture of flexible and part-time working so that people can fit their work around their lives as necessary and the authority believes in taking employee wellbeing seriously. Its values include Thinking Ahead, Performance Counts, Customer First and One Team.

The authority uses social media as well as more traditional methods to attract new recruits and also works with local educational establishments such as the University of Kent.

A vibrant programme of learning and development activity, much of it delivered in-house, helps staff to enhance their skills and a timetable of online social events has kept everyone connected while working remotely during the pandemic over the past year. Covid vaccination centres have been operating in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh, with the council providing residents with information and support.

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My Company

81% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The council offers internships, work experience placements and apprenticeships, which can lead to a full-time job. It recently initiated a scheme with the University of Kent to develop a talent pipeline for the planning department and successfully recruited newcomers into graduate planning roles.

Personal Growth

82% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

The organisational development team has delivered a full learning and development programme over the course of the pandemic, opting to embrace online methods and rolling out Zoom and Skype training. Managers asked for feedback and found that many people preferred the virtual learning experience.

Fair Deal

74% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Staff can get discounts at hundreds of retailers and hospitality venues through a Reward Gateway account. Winners of the authority's popular quarterly recognition scheme, who are nominated by colleagues for their commitment to key values such as Customer First, also receive £25 vouchers.

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Long Service

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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