General Information for Applicants

Yarlington Housing Group was previously known as South Somerset Homes and was set up in March 1999.  We are an independent ‘not for profit’ local housing company providing affordable rented housing in the South West.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

Although the Company has a locally negotiated remuneration system for all employees, some conditions of service, as set out in the National Joint Council for Local Government Services (contained in the handbook known as the ‘Green Book’) or The Joint Negotiating Committee for Local Authorities Craft & Associated Employees (contained in the handbook known as the ‘Red Book’) may apply to certain posts.

PAYMENT OF SALARY

Yarlington Housing Group operates its own grading structure and salaries are reviewed annually.  Payment of salary is made monthly, on the 20th of the month, through the BACS system (Bank Automated Clearing Services) direct to your bank or building society account.  The Company pay by calendar month, therefore each month’s pay covers the 1st to the last day of that particular month.

PENSION SCHEME

With effect  from 01/04/2014 Yarlington offer a defined contribution pension scheme. All qualifying employees will be auto enrolled into this scheme with the opportunity to opt out should they wish. Non qualifying employees may also apply to join this scheme.  Full detail of the Yarlington pension scheme can be obtained from HR Services.  

Applicants with a first day of service no later than 31 March 2014 may be entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme; LGPS is a ‘defined benefits’ scheme.

NORMAL WORKING HOURS

The standard working hours for full-time staff are 37 per week, Monday to Friday with (on average) one-hour lunch break.  A lunch break of at least 30 minutes must be taken between 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm.

Within some parts of the Company, staff work either staggered or fixed hours to provide cover/maintain a service.

The Company applies working flexibly, which is at the discretion of the department manager and the needs of the department.  Full details are available on appointment.  The appropriate working patterns can be discussed at the interview.

Sheltered and Extra Care Scheme-based staff may work different hours depending on the role - please refer to the advert and job profile for further details, which can be discussed at interview.

The hours for the Company’s Trade Workforce are as follows:

Monday to Wednesday 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Thursday & Friday  8.00 am to 3.45 pm

The hours for the Company’s Gas Technicians are as follows:

Monday to Friday  8.00 am to 5.00 pm

JOB SHARING

Job sharing means two people share the hours and duties of one full-time job (equal to 37 hours a week in total).  The Company's Job Share Scheme increases the variety and seniority of work available to people unable or unwilling to work full-time hours owing to other commitments e.g. caring or family responsibilities; part-time study; disability; other areas of interest.  Applications from people wishing to job-share are welcomed for most advertised posts.

HOLIDAYS

The paid annual leave entitlement is  26 days not including Bank Holiday (pro-rated for temporary staff according to the length of their contract and for part-time staff according to working pattern and the number of hours they work per week). Operational heads receive 30 days.

Continuous service for statutory employment rights and holiday entitlement, start from the date of commencement of employment with the Company.

MEDICAL ASSESSMENT

Any offer of appointment will be subject to a satisfactory medical assessment, which may include a medical examination in certain cases.

IDENTITY CHECK

In accordance with Sections 15-25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all employers are obliged to ensure their staff are permitted to work in the UK, by providing particular ID documents as specified by the Home Office.  An example of the most common documents being either a valid Passport which is sufficient on its own, or a full birth certificate (full being the certificate that includes the name of at least one parent) plus an official document stating the National Insurance Number (i.e. P45 from last employer, P60 or a National Insurance Card). 

At Yarlington Housing Group, job applicants are asked to bring these documents with them to interview.

CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

If you have declared a criminal conviction and the interview panel believe this to have a bearing on the requirements of the post, they will discuss the matter with you at the interview.

DBS BACKGROUND CHECK

If appropriate to the vacancy, successful applicants will have their background checked with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  Further information is available from HR.

PROBATION

New employees will be subject to a 6-month probationary period.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

The company provides a variety of benefits, some flexible, for staff:

• The Health Scheme (a voluntary health cash plan scheme)
• Employee Support (an Employee Support counselling and information service)
• Health Screening (a general health-screening programme to all employees)
• Salary sacrifice childcare vouchers
• Salary sacrifice car purchase scheme
• Buying/selling annual leave

Further details will be available on appointment.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

It is the policy of the Company that all employees and job applicants shall be afforded equal opportunity for employment and advancement with the Company, on the basis of their ability, qualifications and suitability for work, irrespective of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, disablement, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, religion or trade union activity.  Selection based on any of the above will be regarded as discrimination.

The Company recognises that the workforce is under-represented in respect of people with disabilities and ethnic minority groups at all levels and in respect of women in senior positions.  Applications are welcome for appropriate posts from these groups.  The Company will also guarantee an interview to those who consider themselves to have disabilities providing that they can demonstrate the required experience and/or qualifications.

RESIDENT POSITIVE

Yarlington has created a new initiative to support our tenants into employment called Yarlington Resident Positive.

Yarlington Resident Positive is now part of the Company’s policy to guarantee an interview to at least two candidates who are tenants of Yarlington Housing Group providing they meet the essential criteria on the candidate specification for the job.

SMOKING

A smoking ban applies to all Company offices (including scheme communal areas), meeting and interview rooms, toilets and corridors.  There is no smoking permitted on any Company premises (accept designated area where applicable) or in any Company-owned vehicle, in line with UK legislation.

REFERENCES

Please ensure your referees are aware you have given their name as a contact and are prepared to provide a reference for you.

As a rule, references will be taken up for the successful candidate only, after the interview.  However there may be exceptions to this so please note occasionally, references may need to be taken up prior to interview, but only with your consent (given on the application form).

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This information on our terms and conditions is generally applicable to all vacant posts but is not to be construed as contractual or binding in connection with any particular post.  Candidates should clarify their eligibility for these conditions at the time of interview.