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Conditions of service for new appointments

The Conditions of Service for new appointments will generally be those for NJC (National Joint Council) for Local Government Services and GLPC (Greater London Provincial Council) as supplemented by decisions made by Merton Council from time to time as set out in the Manager’s Handbook.

Probationary period

All new entrants to the Council’s service (regardless of Local Government continuous service) will be subject to a probation period of six calendar months which if appropriate the Council may extend. Successful internal applicants will not be subject to a probationary period however they will be appraised for suitability in the new post.

Annual leave

The annual leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March. The annual leave entitlement, in addition to statutory and general national and bank holidays, is 26 days, or 31 days for more than 5 years continuous Local Government Service.

Annual leave for part-time staff, or new staff, will be apportioned on a pro-rata basis dependent on the number of hours worked per week or proportionate to their completed service during the leave year. Annual leave is pro rata for full months worked only.

If you are joining us from another local authority, you are advised to use up your annual leave entitlement as at the last day of service with your current employer before joining the council. This is because your holiday entitlement with Merton begins from your start date with us. We do not allow new starters to bring with them any outstanding leave from other employers.

Hours of work

The standard hours of work within the Council are 35 hours per week.

Family friendly policies

The Council operates a number of policies, for example, job sharing, maternity and paternity leave, adoption and fostering, flexible working, special leave arrangement for carers, religious holidays and Childcare voucher scheme.


You are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme. The final pension is index linked.

Learning and development

Merton is committed to the learning and development of its staff.

Smoking policy

London Borough of Merton is smoke free. Smoking is not permitted on Council premises or in any LBM owned vehicle or in residents’ homes whilst staff are engaged on Council business.

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Contact us

Recruitment Team
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 4016 or 020 8545 3965

This page was last updated on Thursday 13 January 2011

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