We want Derby Homes to be an employer of choice. We offer excellent terms and conditions of employment including a range of family-friendly practices in place and work-life balance opportunities.

Employee welfare and health is very important to us. Our employees have access to free counselling and support and medical advice. All of our policies are freely available on our intranet and are reviewed regularly.

All of our apprenticeship vacancies are listed on the GOV.UK website. You can read more about our apprenticeship scheme on the Apprenticeships page.

Working for Derby Homes

We offer excellent terms and conditions of employment including a range of family friendly practices and work-life balance opportunities. Employee welfare and health is very important and our employees have access to free counselling and support and medical advice. All of our policies are freely available to all staff and are reviewed regularly.

Pension scheme

All our employees can join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Work-life balance

It’s important to have a healthy balance between work and home life. To help, we have a flexible working scheme and a number of other family-friendly initiatives.

Childcare vouchers

We take part in Computershare Voucher Services (formerly Busy Bees). This is a family-friendly initiative, which helps with childcare costs. For more information, go to the link opposite.

Employee Assistance Programme

We use an Employee Assistance Programme called 'Workplace Wellness’. This is a complete resource for all employees that gives information, advice and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service offers a range of advice over a website, but also via a Freephone number, which offers counselling support, as well as legal, financial and tax-related advice.

Employee consultation

We want everyone to feel that their views count. We have a range of initiatives which help us to collect feedback from our employees. They include:

  • Informal and formal meetings with the trade unions
  • Health and Safety Employee Forum
  • Employee Survey
  • Staff Briefings
  • Managers Networking sessions

We give UNITE full trade union recognition rights and also work with GMB. This means, we consult them about any proposed changes to employees' terms and conditions. We also welcome the support and guidance they offer individual employees.

Employee Development

We are committed to having a skilled and trained work force and deliver mandatory training on equalities, health and safety and customer services. In addition we offer employees a range of training opportunities for employees depending on their job and individual needs. All employees have an annual job chat where their training needs are assessed.

Teamwork is important to us. We believe that by supporting each other and working as a team, Derby Homes is a much more positive place to work.

We have both a Staff Development Charter and a Leadership Charter, to demonstrate our commitment to our employees.

Every employee has the opportunity to contribute to and access our business plan. Amongst other things, this helps us identify group and individual training needs.

Induction programme

All new employees have a comprehensive induction programme, including an online induction course, which will give you an overview of Derby Homes and the opportunity to hear from our Director and other members of the senior management team.

What our employees say

As part of a Times 100 employee survey, our employees were asked “What makes Derby Homes a great place to work?” 

Here’s what some of them said:

“Derby Homes is a great place to work. The people within it, from front line to back office, believe that they can make a difference to people's lives by aiming to do their best every day.”

“Derby Homes has the right balance between home life and work life, they understand what is involved when you are a parent, spouse, carer and in full time work.”

“Housing work is about people and that makes it interesting, especially as we involve staff and tenants in our work. Working in a political environment makes it challenging, but team working is the key to Derby Homes’ success. We’re willing to admit we’re not perfect and want to improve.”

“We’ve got good training opportunities and a strong team leader. Derby Homes is a modern and professional organisation, compared to previous organisations I’ve worked for.”

“I’ve worked for the organisation for a number of years, starting as an Area Clerk and working my way up to a management role. I feel I’ve been supported and encouraged by my line managers to have the confidence to apply for the job opportunities that have arisen in the organisation.”

“At Derby Homes you’re not afraid to say what you think about any situation. I feel valued and I’m allowed to make my own decisions. The atmosphere is very friendly and we are able to have a laugh as well as get our work done. I’m very happy to continue to work here.”

“This is very much a community organisation and has strong links with all areas of the city.”

“There is a strong sense of wanting to do the best for social housing in Derby that comes from the very top and permeates down.”

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled, we want to give you every opportunity to be successful when applying for a job with us. We offer support through guaranteed interviews and reasonable adjustment at interviews.

You’re classed as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

Guaranteed interviews

We guarantee an interview to any disabled person who meets the essential requirements of the job. To apply under the ‘guaranteed interview’ scheme, please tick the relevant box on the application form. If you don’t want to use the scheme, and would prefer to be judged purely on your own merits, just apply in the usual way.

Reasonable adjustments for interviews and tests

We want you to do well when you apply for a job with us and are keen to hear if there are any other ways we can help. You might need a car parking space, a sign language interpreter, information in another format, or extra time for your interview.

Whatever your needs, note them on your application form and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Health and safety

We have a duty to provide safe and healthy working conditions for all employees and anyone else using our buildings and facilities. We take all reasonable steps to comply with relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice, and provide the necessary resources to secure safe working conditions and procedures for all employees. 

We hold the prestigious RoSPA President's Award for Occupational Health and Safety.  We were the first housing ALMO in the country to receive the RoSPA Gold Award, and are now one of only a few housing organisations in the Country to have been recognised at the highest level by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for our commitment towards health and safety. Retaining this award is a reflection of our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of health and safety for all tenants and their families, and for our staff and contractor’s staff.

Time to Change Employer Pledge

Derby Homes has signed the Employer Pledge for Time to Change to demonstrate our commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and make sure that our employees who are facing these problems feel supported.   

DBS Checks for candidates

Some of our posts require the post holder to have access to vulnerable adults or children. We require employees to undertake a DBS Disclosure. 

Further information is available in our Policy on employing people with a Criminal Record (opposite).

It’s a criminal offence to apply for one of these posts if you’ve been barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Eligibility to work in the UK

If offered a position with Derby Homes, you are required to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. Read the Eligibility to work in the UK document opposite to find out which documents you will need to show us.

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory documents being received.