About us

Southend-on-Sea City Council employs around 1,800 staff, who work together to deliver a wide range of services for those who live, work and visit Southend-on-Sea.

The Council provides a range of vital services at the heart of the community, as well as investing in exciting and ambitious projects that keep Southend-on-Sea firmly on the map.

The Council is ambitious for the future of Southend-on-Sea and a refresh of the council’s corporate plan is currently being completed, which will set out the council’s key priorities for now and into the future and how we will tackle the opportunities and challenges we face.

A vibrant city. A proud community

Southend-on-Sea is truly a City like no other. It’s a vibrant, entrepreneurial, and can-do City, where people want to get things done. It is a place of contrasts and diversity, with a burgeoning cultural scene, a place of business enterprise, but also escapism and fun with London just 45 minutes away. A City by the Sea where the vision, impact and potential are limitless.

Southend-on-Sea City Council is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in employment and we welcome applications from all members of the community. We would particularly like to encourage applications from female leaders and individuals from a multi-ethnic background, who are currently under-represented at a senior level within our organisation. At Southend, we strive to create a workplace that reflects our City, where everyone is valued and empowered to be themselves.

Working at Southend-on-Sea City Council provides access to a range of employee benefits and rewards including:


Your pension is a valuable part of your reward package. Southend-on-Sea City Council provide membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to employees aged under 75 who have a contract of employment that is for at least 3 months.

The LGPS is a generous scheme and provides you with a future income, independent of share prices and stock market fluctuations

Annual Leave

In addition to a generous annual leave entitlement of up to 37 days per annum (34 days for Director posts), Southend-on-Sea City Council offers a range of flexible working and family friendly leave.

We also offer paid time off to allow employees to undertake volunteering activities.

Employee Assistance Programme

All our employees have access to confidential help and support 24 hours a day; 7 days a week via our Employee Assistance Programme. Resources include crisis support, confidential counselling, a legal helpline, wellbeing webinars and health assessments, financial advice, smoking cessation and weight loss programmes.

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

We offer a range of salary sacrifice schemes including cycle to work, home tech and car leasing. The car lease scheme provides an opportunity for employees to offset a proportion of salary in exchange for a brand new car, which comes complete with insurance, servicing, maintenance, repairs and breakdown assistance.

Employee Benefits Portal

Our employees have free access to a benefits portal that provides access to wellbeing support and our range of salary sacrifice schemes.The portal also provides access to a range of discounts on products and services including retail, food shopping, travel, dining out, gym membership and leisure activities.

Learning Development

We are committed to supporting our employees to be the best they can be, to take ownership of their learning journey and look for opportunities to grow through experiences, self-directed learning and where needed through more formal learning to support professional development.

Our online learning platforms help our employees to make learning part of their daily routine, with access to engaging, on-demand, and evidence-based digital learning resources and courses to support their development. Every piece of online content is geared to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and the Council as a whole.