Northamptonshire invites agency social workers to come home

05 April 2017
Agency social workers

​The public sector IR35 reforms are making life as an agency social worker less attractive. With agency social workers now paying income tax at source, in the same way as direct employees, some have been left questioning whether agency work is still the right career path for them.

In light of this, Lesley Hagger, Director of Children, Families and Education, at Northamptonshire County Council, is urging agency social workers to consider a future working directly for Northamptonshire County Council instead:


“The market has changed significantly over the past few years, and the reasons you first became an agency worker might not exist in the same way anymore. As an employer we have got better at tailoring packages to suit an individual’s needs. Get in touch with us, we might be able to provide the flexibility and lifestyle choice you are looking for.

“In Northamptonshire we are embarking on major change. We are reorganising ourselves into multi-professional, co-located teams, based within the neighbourhoods where our service users live. We are working to ensure we have less bureaucracy and more time working with our children and families.

“We are also investing in our staff, providing access to great supervision, great learning and development, and clear career progression.

“Many agency social workers travel long distances for the right contract. If you are an agency social worker who lives in or near Northamptonshire, I would like to invite you to come home. Do away with the long commute, join our team, and help improve the lives of children in your own community.

“I live and work in Northamptonshire myself, and for me, knowing I am working in my own community has brought even greater rewards. It might for you too. Take a fresh look at what we have to offer.”

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