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City of Westminister

Westminster City Council is the local authority serving the heart of London. The City of Westminster stretches from Pimlico and Victoria in the south through the West End, Marylebone and Bayswater to Paddington and Queen's Park in the north-west. It includes the capital's principal areas of government, shopping, entertainment and tourism and the headquarters of innumerable commercial and professional organisations together with extensive residential areas of all types.

The resident population now stands at approximately 234,000 but it is estimated that about 1 million people set foot in Westminster at some time during the day. There are also tens of thousands of people who live in the City for short-periods or on a part-time basis who are not included in the resident population.

The City Council has 60 Members which, since the election in May 2010, comprise:

  • 48 Conservative
  • 12 Labour

The Lord Mayor is elected annually and carries out a large programme of civic duties, including attending many state occasions.

The City Council employs about 4,800 staff who work flexibly over a large number of locations, almost all of them within the City boundaries. The main building for the Council is City Hall located on Victoria Street, near Victoria Station.

Our values

We recognise the diversity of our population and workforce as a strength, and value the way that differences can contribute to a richer, creative and more productive work environment.

We value the individual contribution of people irrespective of sex or gender, pregnancy/maternity, transgender status, marital/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief.

Our commitment

  • to create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our staff are recognised and valued
  • to create a working environment for every employee that promotes dignity and respect to all - no form of bullying, victimisation, discrimination or harassment will be tolerated
  • to make training, development, and progression opportunities equally available to all 
  • to demonstrate that equality in the workplace is good management practice and makes sound business sense
  • to develop, monitor and review appropriate employment practices which will help to avoid direct and indirect discrimination and make available annual workforce statistics 
  • to monitor the Equality in Employment Policy periodically in order to judge its effectiveness and make updates in accordance with changes in the law

Breaches of our Equality in Employment Policy will be taken seriously and may be considered as misconduct/gross misconduct within the council’s disciplinary procedures.  In certain circumstances, an employee may also be personally liable in the civil courts for unlawful acts of discrimination.

Positive about disability

The council is committed to the principles of the disability Two Ticks accreditation and encourages disabled people to apply for jobs at Westminster. This means that if you have a disability, provided you meet the minimum requirements for the post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

As an employer, we are aware of our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and are committed to offering support and making reasonable adjustments to allow full participation in the recruitment process. It is important that you let the Recruiting Manager know of any requirements. The council will consider making adjustments that are reasonable. Examples include changing the timing of interview, giving extra time for tests, providing equipment or assistance throughout the process (eg a reader or scribe).




In order to do the very best for our communities, we believe that our workforce should be representative of the people we work on behalf of, our residents. That is why at Westminster we celebrate and embrace our differences.

We are passionate about creating a workplace where all can thrive, and where every single person has the opportunity to develop, grow and to be valued for their contribution.

We are committed to being an inclusive place to work with a diverse workforce that represents the communities that we serve. We are striving to increase the numbers of staff in our workforce from underrepresented groups and we are taking positive action measures to support this. We participate in the Disability Confident scheme and so guarantee an interview to all candidates that declare a disability and meet the minimum criteria of the role. We are committed to ensuring that our shortlists for senior roles (band 4 and above) have BAME representation and so ask candidates to self-declare their ethnicity on our application forms.


We offer a range of generous benefits and rewards, because we believe that a healthy work life balance means happy employees.


Flexible and agile working

Westminster City Council understands the importance of employees being able to balance their work and home lives. One of the ways of supporting this is through facilitating agile working. By enabling our staff to work agilely, we aim to create a more responsive, efficient and effective organisation; which advances business performance, increases customer satisfaction and improves the health and wellbeing of our staff. We are a Timewise accredited organisation.

Work Equipment - Working from an alternative space than the office you can claim back home working equipment including, chair, monitor, mouse and keyboard and headset.



We offer our staff a generous annual leave allowance.

  • 30 days of annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata for part time staff
  • 1 additional day of leave to be taken on/or around your birthday
  • Employees can carry over up to 5 days unused annual leave into the following leave entitlement year
  • Employees are able to buy extra annual leave days and spread the cost over the remaining months in the same leave year. There are two opportunities per year to buy additional annual leave


We understand that volunteering opportunities are important to our staff, so we will support you with paid 16 hours per financial year in which to take time out of work to use on volunteering activities anywhere you choose.


You will automatically be enrolled in the generous Local Government Pension scheme. You can still opt out, but as the second highest financial reward Westminster will provide you with, it pays to pay in the pension scheme.

Season Ticket Loan

We offer interest-free loans on public transport season tickets, allowing you to pay this back in monthly instalments.

Childcare and parental leave

We offer a significant reduction in the cost of registered childcare by signing up for Tax Free Childcare. Eligible families receive 20% of their annual childcare cost.

Our parental leave policies were revamped in 2019 and entitlement now includes 6 months full paid and 6 months half paid leave for maternity and shared parental leave. We are also an ‘Employer with heart’, meaning that employees whose babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) will have their fully paid parental leave extended by the number of days their baby was born prior to the due date.

Cycle To Work Scheme

Employees can purchase a bike and accessories for up to the value of £2,000 from a list of local bike retailers or Halfords stores. The value is spread across a period of 12 months and can deliver savings of up to 32%.


Our benefits platform (Sodexo) offers a great range of savings including but not limited to: IKEA eVouchers - 5.5% off, Argos eVouchers - 6% off, Tesco eVouchers - 4% off, Currys PC World eVouchers - 8% off. Other offerings include the Spree Cashback Card and Cinema and Sky Store Discounts.

Victoria privilege card Entitles cardholders to discounts on fine dining, attractions and retail stores in the Victoria area and free events.

ActiveWestminster Card, Fantastic discounts and benefits for staff including free swim, 30% off activities and gym membership from £20pcm (or £200pa).




Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a 24/7 free support tool for our employees and their families.

You can call up and speak to the EAP about practically anything; from speaking to a counsellor to receive mental health support to obtaining legal advice. Your loved ones can access this support too, they just need to let the person triaging the call know that they are a relative of someone who works for the council.

Health and wellbeing hub, this is your one-stop-shop for all your health and wellbeing information needs.

The hub hosts plenty of information and resources as well as signposting to other external sources of support.

We have dedicated pages to Women’s and Men’s health, the 5 ways to wellbeing, bereavement support, and mental health and wellbeing to name just a few.

Occupational Health, to support yourselves as well as the council our in-house team offer advice and guidance to support a proactive approach to managing the health of individuals in the workplace. They offer a range of services including medical referrals, managers support for sickness absence cases and regular wellbeing clinics with qualified nurses.

Wellbeing Clinics - These take place quarterly and are now delivered virtually. A 30-minute confidential chat via Microsoft Teams with a qualified Occupational Health nurse, about your general health and any health concerns you may have.

Women’s Reproductive Health Policy - Introduced in March 2021 to demonstrate to demonstrate the importance we as a council place, on addressing the topic of women’s reproductive health in the workplace.

Eye Test & Corrective Lenses - Employees can claim back for an eye test and up to £65 for corrective lenses.

Supporting and developing staff

We want you to achieve your goals, so we are fully committed to developing your skills and experience, enabling you to succeed both now and in the future. The learning and development that we offer is relevant to the changing needs of the council, catering for a range of learning styles and offers choice and flexibility.

Rewarding your contribution

We have developed a culture where great performance and effort is recognised, rewarded and celebrated, and we offer a scheme whereby staff can receive a one-off monetary payment once a year for undertaking outstanding work.

Porfessional subscriptions

We will reimburse the cost of one relevant professional subscription each year, allowing you to maintain your industry knowledge and expertise.

Support Groups and active staff networks

Wellbeing Pioneers

Individuals who are passionate about health and wellbeing and drive and shape our wellbeing strategy and interventions. They are not medically trained and actively champion health and wellbeing in their business area.

Able to signpost and help you access available resources.

Menopause Ambassadors

Individuals who are happy to listen as well as talk about the topic of Menopause. Not medically trained.

Mental Health First Aiders

You can contact them for a chat about anything, ideally prior to reaching crisis point or whilst experiencing it.

Fully trained individuals to offer targeted and bespoke mental health support, accredited by Mental Health First Aid England.

Benefits at City of Westminister

List of all the benefits that City of Westminister are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Bonus & Discount Schemes
  • Eyesight test
  • Wellbeing Clinics
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Parental Leave
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • pension scheme
  • Volunteering Leave
  • 30 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible working
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