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Extra day’s holiday reward for council staff

Posted onPosted on 6th Oct

Employees at Nottinghamshire County Council will receive an extra day of annual leave to recognise their hard work after dealing with the pandemic over the last 18 months.

The leader of the council, Coun Ben Bradley MP, said: “All of the county council’s staff have gone the extra mile during the pandemic and this additional leave is a token of our appreciation for their commitment to delivering an outstanding public service during a very challenging time.

“All county councillors are very proud of our employees – one of my first acts as the new Leader was to thank our fantastic workforce publicly.

“I’m delighted we are able to offer this recognition leave.  We gave it this name so everyone understands why they have received the extra holiday entitlement.

“It is, of course, up to our staff how they use their recognition leave, but I would hope many would choose to do something special with friends and family as we build back and learn to live with Covid.”

The council opted for recognition leave after looking for a tangible way to thank council staff as both Nottinghamshire and the UK started to build back from Covid-19.

It also follows other large-scale organisations offering extra leave to their workforce as a reward for efforts during the pandemic, including the NHS.

Chairman of the county council’s Personnel Committee, Coun Gordon Wheeler, said: “Every county council employee has worked tremendously hard during the Covid-19 pandemic keeping our services running and protecting local people from the virus.

“This extra day of leave is a fitting way of recognising the unwavering and vital role our staff have played in keeping Nottinghamshire safe over the last year-and-a-half and follows in the footsteps of other successful organisations.”

Nottinghamshire County Council has approximately 7,300 employees across its four departments.