The Council actively supports and encourages work life balance options for employees.

Career breaks

Take an unpaid break from employment for an agreed period (e.g. to pursue further education, or travel).

Compressed hours

Work full-time hours over fewer days (e.g. nine days over a fortnight or four and a half days over one week).

Employee Volunteering

As part of our ambition to build a co-operative borough and our commitment to corporate social responsibility, Oldham Council supports its employees to volunteer with charitable, voluntary or community organisations within Oldham.

The volunteering scheme supports employee development and helps local organisations by sharing employee skills and knowledge within the community.

Flexi-time scheme

Start and finish work flexibly.

The scheme also allows for flexi-time to be accrued and taken at a later date (up to one day off in a four week period).

Home working

Work at home on a flexible basis or for an agreed number of days per week.

Job sharing

Two people voluntarily sharing the hours and responsibilities of a full-time post, dividing the terms and conditions between them according to the hours worked.

All posts can be applied for on a job share basis.


Most staff receive 24 days paid annual leave (28 after five years and 31 after ten years).

Special leave

Take extra days paid/unpaid leave in special circumstances (e.g. to family or dependant care).

Part-time work/voluntary reduced hours

Voluntarily reduce the standard working week by working less hours

Pay is pro rata.

Voluntary term-time working

Parents can spend time at home during school holidays.

Support for Employee Reservists

Oldham Council is fully supportive of employees who are existing members of or wish to join the Reserve Forces and recognises the valuable contribution that Reservists make to the Armed Forces, their communities and the civilian workplace. Additional paid leave is available to Reservists to accommodate some of the mandatory annual reservist training.