Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Suffolk County Council provide strong community leadership and high quality, value-for-money services at a price people can afford, for individuals and communities in Suffolk
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  • UK locations:
    East of England

About Suffolk County Council

TWO YEARS AGO Suffolk County Council set out its ambitious vision for the future. Its Suffolk Story document placed five issues under the spotlight — the jobs market, learning and skills, vulnerable people, the environment and the delivery of public services.

The council's more than 33,000 employees evidently believe the East Anglian authority leads by example in all these areas, ranking it third overall among all councils in our public sector list and first among county councils.

The Tory-run council, which spends more than £900m of taxpayers' money a year, has staff who believe they can make a valuable contribution to its success (74% positive). Managers help employees fulfil their potential (61%) and work is stimulating (73%), all three results beaten by just one other big public sector body. Staff sometimes spend too much time working (55%, but still a top score among the seven big organisations), and have fewer bad days at work than employees at other large public sector bodies (24%, and another top score). The council aspires to help Suffolk become the greenest county by protecting its countryside and developing low-carbon businesses. It has set up an environmental management system to monitor its impact — a policy that staff say works (60%, and another top ranking).

What is it like to work for Suffolk County Council

My Manager
My Manager
Managers within Suffolk County Council are occasionally offered the opportunity to go out on secondment or loan giving them a chance to experience working and managing in a different environment with different people to help them learn about and develop their management style. The Council also enable managers to work on specific projects or programmes that utilise or further extend their skill base.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
They run a mentoring programme within and outside of the organisation and are soon to launch an accredited coaching programme across partner organisations. They have recently run a Suffolk wide Leadership programme across Local Authorities. Action Learning sets and buddy groups provide networking opportunities. They run a Leadership Thinking club and a book club and have cross organisation forums that meet regularly and engage in topical training or seminars. They also run cross organisation 'boards' for information sharing and decision making as well as an extensive intranet for knowledge transfer. A recent addition is a 'twitter' page.
My Team
My Team
Due to the considerable size of the organisation there is a huge variety of different team building activities that go on in various areas. For the most part these activities are generally designed to help people focus on organisational objectives but there are also opportunities for people to come together and give something back to the communities they serve through a variety of community projects.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    24% / 76%

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  • Graduate Vacancy Locations:

    The graduates undertake a general management programme so they spend time in a number of service areas.


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