Candidate information

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and find out more about our exciting opportunities to work for Bassetlaw District Council.

Located in North Nottinghamshire, we are a semi-rural district with excellent links into neighbouring Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This makes Bassetlaw an attractive place to live and work, not just for our staff and thousands of residents, but for businesses ranging from multinational companies seeking to take advantage of our strategic location, to small friendly high street retailers.

If you choose to join us, you’ll be working in an organisation that is proactive about making things happen and is creative where we see an opportunity that benefits our customers. The recent decision by the UK Atomic Energy Agency to choose West Burton as the future home of its STEP project is a once-in-a-generation investment opportunity for the district. The Council will play an involved role in seeing this come to fruition and ensuring that it’s a development that benefits local people – supporting new business and employment opportunities and putting Bassetlaw on the map as home to an initiative that will bring benefits to the whole country.

Benefits of working for Bassetlaw District Council

Work/life balance

We believe everyone works better and is more motivated if work is balanced with other responsibilities outside of work. We offer a variety of options to give the flexibility staff require, which are dependent upon the job and include:

  • Hybrid working
  • Flexitime
  • Job share
  • Part-time working
  • Compressed hours
  • Flexible retirement
  • Career break scheme

Annual leave

From 1 April 2023, the minimum annual leave entitlement is 26 days per year rising after each completed year to a maximum of 32 days after 5 years’ continuous service. In addition, you will receive the normal public and statutory holidays (part-time/job share staff will receive a pro rata allowance of both annual leave and bank holidays).

There is also a non-contractual annual leave purchase scheme to enable staff to purchase up to an additional week’s leave each year through salary sacrifice.


You will be automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme from the first day of your employment.

The amount an employee contributes into the scheme is dependent on their earnings. Your contribution rate will be shown on your payslip.

The amount Bassetlaw District Council contributes into the scheme on an employee’s behalf varies according to an actuarial valuation which takes place every three years. In general however, the employee contributes approximately one third of the scheme’s costs and the employer contributes the remainder.

Real living wage

In October 2013 Bassetlaw District Council became the first Council in Nottinghamshire, and the second in the East Midlands, to become an accredited Real Living Wage employer, guaranteeing that all of our employees will be paid at a rate that meets the cost of living.

Health & wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our staff is very important and is the central theme of our People Strategy. We are signed up to the Mental Health at Work Commitment aimed at ensuring our staff can thrive at work. We offer a non-contractual, free employee health scheme to all staff giving access to financial reimbursement for a range of excellent healthcare benefits such as dental and optical appointments, MRI scans, therapy treatments i.e. physiotherapy, acupuncture etc. Through this scheme staff have access to free counselling and a 24-hour help and advice line covering a wide range of issues.

Our well-being at work team pro-actively look at health promotions and National Health Campaigns. We also provide other health and wellbeing initiatives which vary but in the past have included Body MOTs, mini health fairs, health screening and support sessions such as smoking cessation groups and how to improve lifestyle issues.

Learning and development

Bassetlaw District Council is committed to the development of its workforce and learning within the organisation is:

• recognised as an integral part of Bassetlaw’s overall development
• accessible to all who work for Bassetlaw
• linked with the priorities of the Council
• designed with the ultimate goal of helping those who work for Bassetlaw to deliver the best possible service to our customers
• supported at the beginning of employment with an E-learning induction process


This information is intended to give an idea of some of the benefits available to staff working for Bassetlaw District Council. We may change our benefits offer periodically and the actual terms that will apply will be those notified to you at the time of appointment. 

Guidance on our recruitment policy and process

Information on our current vacancies can be found on our recruitment portal.

All vacancies have a closing time of 12 midnight and we reserve the right to close the advert ahead of the specified date when sufficient applications have been received, so apply early!

Applying for a job

To apply for a job you will need to create an account. Please ensure that your e-mail address is accurate as we will use this to communicate your application’s progress.

Before uploading your CV there is a short form to complete. Please ensure that all mandatory questions (identified with a blue dot) are answered. Each advert will have a job description and person specification which will contain further information on the main duties of the job and list the knowledge, experience, skills, personal attributes and where appropriate the qualifications necessary to be able to perform the job.

It is important you read these documents carefully and reference how you meet the vacancy requirements in your CV. The system automatically anonymises your application and the shortlisting panel do not have access at the time of shortlisting to your name, address, contact details, any sensitive information or equal opportunities monitoring information. Therefore it is essential that when attaching your CV you do not include any personal information as any attachments will be seen in full by the shortlisting panel.

When you are satisfied with your attachment(s) and have completed the mandatory fields, please complete the declaration and submit your application for consideration. Please note that by ticking the box in this section you are declaring that you have read, understood and agreed to the organisation's Privacy Notice and that the information you have given in your application is to the best of your knowledge, true and correct and may be stored and used in accordance with Bassetlaw District Council's Data Protection Policy.

Please check that your CV has uploaded successfully. We accept the following file types and recommend a maximum file size of 2MB:

  • Doc
  • Docx
  • PDF

Equal opportunities monitoring

The information you supply within the Equal Opportunities Monitoring section allows us to monitor our recruitment process to ensure no candidate is treated more or less favourably on the grounds of gender, age, disability or ethnic origin. This data helps us to know if we are doing all we can to ensure appointment is on merit and create a workforce representative of the community. Please be assured that this information is not seen by the panel short-listing for interview and will not be used as criteria in the selection process.

Candidates with a disability

The Equality Act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination. In the Act, a person has a disability if:

  • They have a physical or mental impairment
  • The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities

For the purposes of the Act, these words have the following meanings:

  • ‘substantial’ means more than minor or trivial
  • ‘long-term’ means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
  • ‘normal day-to-day activities’ include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping

People who have had a disability in the past that meets this definition are also protected by the Act.

We want your application, interview and/ or assessment process to be as positive and successful as possible. To aid us in this, please highlight to the HR Service any reasonable adjustments that would assist you during the recruitment process ahead of your interview or assessments.

We are proud members of the “Disability Confident” Scheme and are committed to shortlisting all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria for the vacancy.

Armed forces policy

Bassetlaw District Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013, and are proud to have received the Employer Recognition Scheme gold award in 2022. As part of our commitment we offer a guaranteed interview for all job applicants who meet the essential criteria and who provide evidence of their status as ex-armed forces personnel, current reservists or adult cadet instructors.


Please note that if you are successful in your application for this position, you will be required to produce the original certificates for the relevant qualifications.

If you do not have access to your original certificates you should contact your school or college to get a replacement certificate or request a certified statement of results. If you cannot obtain a replacement certificate and your old exam board no longer exists, you will need to contact
to confirm how to access this further.

Referencing policy

You will be asked to provide contact details for two individuals who will be able to verify the details you have provided on your application, including your employment history, attendance and disciplinary record. If successful you’ll be asked to provide a contact name for your referees from your present or most recent employer along with the organisation name, address, telephone number and email address (if available). Providing incomplete information may result in delays to your appointment if you are offered the post.

If you are applying for a vacancy straight from school or college or are unable to provide two work-related referees, you should nominate a professional who has known you for a minimum of two years e.g. lecturers/teachers/head teacher who can testify to how you meet the requirements list on the person specification.

Disclosure of criminal convictions

The Council requires successful applicants to declare any criminal convictions that are unspent as defined in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

For posts that involve contact with vulnerable people, the Council also requires a Disclosure & Barring Service check to be completed prior to appointment and this will involve the disclosure of spent convictions also.

Details of the checks to be carried out will be indicated in the Job Description, Person Specification or advert.

We wish you well with your application.

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024