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We recommend that you register on our job vacancy system  before starting an application form so that you can save as you go along.

If you don’t register you will have 90 minutes to complete your application form. After this time the system will log you off and you’ll lose everything.

Please note: All applications must be completed online. We don’t accept CVs.

If you are an applicant with a disability, please tell us in your application.

  • Waltham Forest Council operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled applicants
  • If a disabled applicant meets all the essential criteria of the person specification, the applicant will be short listed for an interview
  • Telling us in advance means that we can make any reasonable adjustments at interview

If you are unable to use the online application form due to a disability, then please contact the Human Resources Transaction Team  or call the number given on the job advert.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

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Local Government continuous service

If you become an employee of Waltham Forest Council, you will start to accrue continuous service which will count towards many entitlements. This will also continue to be applicable if you join another LG authority as defined within the Modification Order.

Read our policies and procedures

Annual Leave

Entitlement varies according to job grade and length of service. This ranges from 26 days to 31 days for most roles along with statutory bank holiday entitlement (pro rata for part time employees).


Local Government Service

Entitlement for Each Employee Group

Up to 5 years

5 years and over

Employees on Sc1-4

187.5 hours (or 26 days)

223.5 hours (or 31 days)

Employees on Sc5-6

194.5 hours (or 27 days)

223.5 hours (or 31 days)

Employees on SO1 – PO12

202 hours (or 28 days)

223.5 hours (or 31 days)

Employees on Chief Officer grade

216 hours (or 30 days)

216 hours (or 30 days)

Occupational Sickness Pay

 The following sick pay is available to WF staff.

Continuous Local Government Service by the employee

Months on

Full pay

Months on

Half pay

Up to 4 months       



In the 5th to 12th month



In the 2nd year



In the 3rd year



In the 4th and 5th years







Family Friendly Policies and Procedure  

Waltham Forest offers excellent family friendly policies which in some cases exceeds statutory requirements.

Maternity Support Leave

Eligible employees will now receive two weeks of maternity support leave at full pay Occupational shared parental pay

Eligible employees will receive five weeks occupational shared parental pay, with further time paid at the statutory rate Occupational Adoption Pay

Eligible employees will now receive 10 weeks occupational adoption pay,

Maternity Pay

Occupational Maternity Pay. This entitlement is based on 10 week’s pay at 100% of the employee’s average earnings.

Eligible criteria must be met. Employees must return to work for three months after maternity leave to receive this.

The Smallest Things campaign

Parents of babies born at or before 37 weeks will be entitled to receive an extra week’s premature baby leave and premature baby pay (full pay) for every week until their baby’s original due date.

Pension Scheme

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees working in local government. We have an attractive pension scheme administered by Wandsworth Pension Service

Pension Scheme – Death in service

3x annual salary

In the unfortunate event of death in service

Lift share scheme

A new online scheme launched to help council staff reduce the number of cars used to commute to work.

The following benefits are provided by an external provider

Tax free bike schemes

Our CyclePlus and Cycle2Work schemes can help you buy a bicycle, while spreading the cost and making significant tax and national insurance savings.

Cycling to work increases health and fitness and is a clean, green and cost-effective means of travel.

Benefits scheme: Sodexo Entitles employees to great discounts with major retailers, various attractions as well as cinemas, and restaurants

Based on Sodexo data the average saving are 8% per transaction

If an employee spends £500 on reloadable vouchers, they would save £40

Leisure centres

Employees are eligible for up to 40% discounted membership at Better Leisure Centres within the Borough.  Employees are also eligible for a discount at the Gym Group – The Mall, Walthamstow: no joining fee and reduced monthly membership.

Employee credit union

Forest Savers’ credit union offers easy ways to save via payroll deduction and gives borrowing facilities at interest rates below commercial banks.

Eye tests and glasses

Employees who regularly use display screen equipment at work for at least half an hour a day are entitled to reasonable paid time off to attend an optometrist for testing and up to £20 reimbursement of the cost of a test on a yearly basis.

We'll also pay up to £50 for lenses and frames that can be prescribed for you to work on the display screen equipment, if this is the sole purpose of the lenses and frames as recorded in an optometrist’s report

Season ticket/ travel card loans

Interest free loans are available for annual season tickets and/or travel cards for travel to and from work.

Contact Click to get info

Human Resources Transaction Team