TJ Awards Winner

Working for us

Find out more about what it's like to work for the council, including terms and conditions, and staff benefits.

Joint working

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have been working together since 2005. In 2008 David Buckle was appointed as joint chief executive and since then the pace of integration has quickened significantly.

In early 2011, over 100 staff were working jointly across South and Vale and now a year on, almost all staff work jointly. The two councils have now integrated most of their services. However, each council still retains its own distinctive identity and, in certain key areas, offer different levels of service to their residents reflecting both corporate priorities and different financial bases.

The councils employ around 400 staff. This is a very low number for district councils, particularly taking into account the size and population of the districts. The number reflects the extent to which the councils have externalised functions, with over 50 per cent of its revenue budget supporting payments to contractors for delivery of services.

Turnover amongst staff is low at a little above 10 per cent per annum. Absence levels are very low. Salary levels are competitive and the council is not suffering any widespread difficulty in recruiting new staff.  Find out more about the senior management board and the councils' departments.

Council Awards

In 2013, the council won the Change Management category in the Training Journal awards, recognition of the investment the council makes in staff training.  Our council is officially one of the best councils to work for in the country, according to the Times Best Council to Work For awards. The council also made it to the finals in the 2010 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards for efficiency and transformation and management team categories. The LGC Awards reward the very best in local government and recognise the excellent service they deliver to the communities they serve.

Vision and Values

The vision and values are important to the councils and we expect staff to support them and embed them in the way they work.

Our Vision 

We are seen as being customer focused, approachable and business-like. We are honest and open and are renowned for providing high quality-cost effective services.

Our Values

  • We act with integrity and show respect
  • We are all accountable
  • We are passionate about our business
  • We strive for simplicity
  • We love success

Last reviewed: 29 - 06 - 2015

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