As a high performing local authority who put our residents at the heart of what we do, we have a lot to celebrate. Are you what we are looking for?

Why work for us?

As England's largest county, North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages and market towns, as well as two spectacular national parks. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

We are the region's largest employer with a workforce exceeding 15,000 people. Our employees cover a diverse mixture of roles such as: legal, teaching, social work and engineering, and we can offer you the opportunity to develop your career. From children's social care to highways, our services are regarded as among the best nationally. We are a loyal and committed workforce who are resilient, innovative and stay ahead of the curve. 

We look for innovative individuals who will help us realise our ambition of ensuring that all residents of North Yorkshire have access to live happier, healthier and more independent lives. 

Find out how we are leading the way and what the future holds for us by reading the  MJ supplement (pdf / 2 MB). You can also read this  Local Government Association Peer Review report (pdf / 321 KB).

You can also find out more about what it's like working for the council from this video:



Further information

North Yorkshire is a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work.

North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators; Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness), Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire.

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London just two hours away by train. 

As a whole North Yorkshire offers great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package (subject to eligibility).

  • flexible working practices including working from other locations and from home
  • a market-leading pension scheme
  • generous leave entitlement
  • retail, travel and leisure discounts and salary sacrifice discount schemes through Everybody Benefits
  • commitment to staff development and continuous learning
  • progression and career-enhancement opportunities
  • access to modern technologies to aid flexible working practices
  •  relocation package and support (pdf / 180 KB)
  • as a Mindful Employer, we are committed to promoting and protecting your mental health and wellbeing at work 

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. Learn more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work here.

  • professional qualifications: add value to your career by studying a professional qualification and benefit from staff reductions
  • cycle discounts: save up to 32 per cent against the cost of a cycle
  • green lease cars: take a private lease on a new low-emission car of your choice, fully maintained and insured by the provider. Staff will enter into a two or three year agreement for monthly gross salary deductions, which means a saving in tax, national insurance and pension. Eligibility criteria exist for this scheme
  • home technology: take a private lease on the latest PCs, laptops, tablets and smart TVs. Staff will enter into a two year agreement for monthly salary deductions, which means a saving in national insurance and pension where applicable. Eligibility criteria exist for this scheme
  • green travel loan scheme: an interest-free loan towards an annual season ticket to get you from home to work
  • health and wellbeing: in addition to in-house occupational health services, preferential rates on a private health scheme are available through payroll deductions
  • holiday discounts: available via the Everybody Benefits scheme
  • leisure facilities discounts: various discounts on facilities run by district councils and some private gyms
  • eye care: staff who use a computer as a regular part of their job are entitled to a free eye test and potentially computer-specific glasses.

Find out about the full range of employee benefits by viewing our  total rewards booklet (pdf / 1 MB).

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Privacy notices

Term Definition
Personal data Any information related to a living person, that could be used to directly or indirectly identify that person.
Special category data

Special category data is personal data which is more sensitive, and so needs more protection. This could be:

  • race and ethnicity
  • sex life or sexual orientation
  • medical information (both physical and mental health)
  • religious or philosophical beliefs
  • biometric data (thumb prints etc.)
  • genetics (DNA etc.)
  • trade union membership
  • political beliefs
Data controller An organisation or individual that determines why personal data is been collected and is responsible for the security of that data.
Data processor A contractor, organisation or individual (not an employee) who uses personal data on behalf of the data controller.
Data processing Any action taken with personal data. This includes the collection, use, disclosure, destruction and holding of data.
Data subject A living person who the personal data is about.
Data protection officer The role of the data protection officer (DPO) is to make sure that the organisation processes personal data in compliance with data protection law.
Consent A freely given choice about how personal data is used in an organisation (for example, opting in to marketing emails).

This privacy notice is designed to help you understand how and why we process your personal data and inform you of your information rights. This notice should be read in conjunction with our corporate privacy notice.

What data do we collect, and why do we need it?

We process your information to fulfil our obligations associated with your employment contract. This information includes, but is not limited to:

  • personal identifiers (your name, address, date of birth etc)
  • previous job experience and qualifications (including copies of certificates and employment references)
  • information about your employment attendance and performance (including disciplinary information)
  • information about your ethnicity, religious beliefs and trade union membership (for the purposes of equality monitoring)
  • information about your right to work
  • relevant medical information which affects your employment
  • emergency contact information of those individuals you identify
  • financial information, including bank account information, tax, national insurance and pension contributions to facilitate salary payments

Who has access to your personal data within the council?

Your information will only be made available to those who need it to do their job in relation to your employment. This includes your line manager(s), as well as our employment support teams and legal services when necessary.

Your name, job title, work email address, telephone number, photograph and office base will be available in our internal telephone directory which is accessible to council employees, members and trusted partners. Please be assured your photograph and office base will not be distributed publicly.

Who do we share your personal data with?

We will share your information with the following organisations:

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Department for Work and Pensions, if applicable
  • North Yorkshire Pension Fund / Teachers’ Pensions fund
  • any salary sacrifice arrangement you sign up to such as a charity or Everybody Benefits
  • your trade union, if applicable
  • examining bodies, if applicable
  • disclosure and barring service to conduct criminal record checks, if applicable
  • prospective future employers, landlords, letting agents, or mortgage brokers where you have asked them to contact the council to seek a reference

We have duties under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to disclose information we hold unless there is a very good reason to withhold it. Therefore we may disclose your name and work email address publicly in response to a request if we are required to do so. 

How long do we keep your data for?

Data held Retention period


P45 Six years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council
Wisdom (personal) file - includes application forms, clearances, contract, HR letters, sick notes Six years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council - may be retained for longer if individual safeguarding or national issues arise, e.g. the Goddard enquiry
LAGAN cases (workload management system) - includes any pay or HR related queries or cases Six years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council unless sensitive case or front line staff in line with Goddard enquiry
Payroll record Six years after leaving - retain skeleton record after this time
Payslip and claims information Six years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council


Teachers’ pensions Information 20 years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council
Local Government Pension Scheme information 20 years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council

HR casework

Casework records (not safeguarding / involving children / vulnerable adults) Six years after sanction has been awarded (remove warnings at designated times)
Records relating to safeguarding investigations / involving children / vulnerable adults Keep on personnel file until retirement or for ten years - whichever is longer. Unfounded and / or malicious allegations should be removed from personnel file.
Resolving issues at work (including where proven to be unfounded) Six years from date of last action

Occupational health

Occupational health information - includes referrals, medical reports etc. 40 years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council

Training records

Training records - includes data held on training admin system (TAS) / Learning Zone Six years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council


Recruitment selection paperwork - unsuccessful applicants Six months after process
Recruitment selection paperwork - successful applicants Paperwork held by manager for six months after uploading clearances onto Wisdom / six years after leaving North Yorkshire County Council for data on WCN (recruitment system)

Disclosure and barring service

Disclosure and barring service positive clearances Until employee leaves North Yorkshire County Council
Disclosure and barring service negative clearances Until employee leaves North Yorkshire County Council

What is our legal basis for processing your data?

Under the Data Protection Act 2018 we process your information in relation to your employment contract and we are therefore satisfying article 6(1)(b) and article 9(2)(b) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This supersedes employment contracts issued under previous data protection legislation which rely on the employees’ consent to process their data. 

For more information on how we process your information you may wish to read the following privacy notices below:

  • disclosure and barring service checks
  • disciplinary proceedings
  • occupational health
  • pensions (North Yorkshire pension fund)
  • recruitment
  • resolving issues at work

If you are not a member of the North Yorkshire pension fund you are encouraged to read the privacy notice for your own pension provider.