Offers of appointment are made within the agreed salary grade for the post and progression within the grade is by annual increments. You will be appointed at the minimum incremental point, however if your current salary is in excess of that point your salary may be matched, provided you are able to produce recent relevant evidence and that your salary does not exceed the maximum incremental point. If you have applied for a part-time post your salary will be pro rata, that is, you will receive a proportion of the full salary corresponding to the hours you work. Salaries are paid monthly by Direct Bank Credit Transfer on the last banking day of the month.
Hours of work
A 37-hour week is normally worked, Monday to Friday, and normal office hours are 8.30am-5.00pm. A flexi-time scheme is in operation for the majority of posts and operates in conjunction with business requirements for office cover.
Job share operates in all units across the service for all full-time posts, unless otherwise stated in the advertisement. Further details of the conditions relating to our job share scheme are available on request.
New employees are subject to the satisfactory completion of a period of probationary service which will normally be no more than six months. During your probationary service you will be expected to establish your suitability for the post.
Annual leave entitlement is dependent upon grade and length of service. The minimum entitlement is 24 days per annum, increasing by four days after five years service, and an additional one day after 10 years service. The leave year runs from 01 April to 31 March. In addition to annual leave, offices are closed on eight statutory holidays per year. Leave entitlement for part time employees is calculated on a pro rata basis.
All new employees are automatically admitted to the Local Government Pension Scheme, which provides ill health and retirement benefits linked to final salaries. Employees can opt out of the scheme and full details are given on appointment.
Employees who are graded above Hay 8 (i.e. Hay 7 – Hay 0) are required to devote their full-time service to the work of Avon Fire and Rescue Service and must not engage in any other business or take up any other additional appointment without the express consent of the srvice.
Politically restricted posts
Some of our posts are politically restricted. You will be advised in the job description if this is the case for the role you have applied for.
Trade union membership
Avon Fire & Rescue Service fully supports the system of collective bargaining, believes in the principle of solving industrial relations problems by discussion and agreement, and recognises the rights of individuals to belong to appropriate trades unions.
Smoking at work
In the interests of promoting better health for all its employees and in accordance with current legislation, the service does not permit smoking within its buildings and vehicles. There may be places in the open air suitable for smoking, providing these are not occupied by other service employees or visitors.
Parking is available at our Headquarters premises upon display of a parking permit. Parking meters are also available around the perimeter of the building. Parking is also available at our other offices.
A canteen facility is available at our Headquarters and similar facilities at our other offices.