About Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a diverse and dynamic county with nearly 700,000 residents. Along with the historic city of Oxford and large town of Banbury, the county has a thriving network of villages and market towns. They are home to around 40% of the population, making Oxfordshire the most rural county in the south-east.

Our population is growing and, overall, we are a healthy and wealthy county. We know there are opportunities to make sure all residents and communities in Oxfordshire have the same opportunities to thrive. To achieve our vision, we focus on three ‘thriving’ themes: people, communities and economy.

About the Council:

Our values – Delivering the Future Together

Together we want to make the council an even better place to work. Our new values – chosen entirely by staff - reflect not only who we are now, but how we can thrive in the future. Watch this short video to hear about our journey so far.

The county council is shaping Oxfordshire’s future – along with our partners such as the NHS, district councils, businesses, universities, voluntary groups and, most importantly, communities themselves. We are investing in a sustainable transport system so our local economy and public services can thrive and thus reduce ill-health, neglect and loneliness.

We want to see ‘inclusive growth’ so everyone can enjoy the excellent quality of life in Oxfordshire. Climate change is our other big priority, which influences everything we do. The county council has halved its carbon emissions since 2008; now we must get to zero by 2030.

We work collectively with partners to achieve the best possible outcomes, including the NHS to improve health and social care; the police and probation service to keep people safe; business innovators to improve travel in the county; and the voluntary and community sector to understand and meet local needs.

We also work with other councils across Oxfordshire, and beyond, including our unique partnership with Cherwell District Council. Staff across both councils are constantly finding new ways to improve services and reduce costs.

We are addressing long-term challenges, from childhood obesity to supporting an ageing population. Services serving the same customers, such as leisure and libraries, and trading standards and environmental health, work more closely together than ever before.

Savings of nearly £1m have already been made, or are in the pipeline, as a result of joint management arrangements. We want to improve partnership working with the other Oxfordshire districts to improve outcomes and customer experience.

It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county – we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of our technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.

We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discount; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering