Christmas Presents 2017

Christmas Presents 2017

Our seasonal features are divided between, gifts (Christmas presents 2017), events/pantomimes and other holiday related material.Our two most popular categories are Christmas jobs and Christmas recipes. We generally put the Kent Christmas guide together in the autumn but we are open to receive submission for possible inclusion throughout the year. Over the last 15 years the quality and quantity of Kentish Christmas features has changed to reflect the needs and wants of our users, but our goal is still to provide relevant local information that informs and/or entertains. We are always interested in local material and our coverage is deliberately quirky and eclectic, we like to feature events big and small, everything from spectacular headline pantomimes to village hall Christmas productions. The same goes for our other features, anything that’s happening on your high street or community that is newsworthy with a Christmas theme is likely to be of interest to us.

Christmas Features For 2017

  • By popular demand we will by publishing Christmas Tree suggestion and recommendations, where ever possible with a local Kentish flavour.
  • We will continue to develop our Christmas Carol resources. As well as a historical perspective we examine the role and relevance of carols in the modern era and link to local choirs and carol concerts across Kent.
  • We will still feature Christmas hampers in 2017. As well as sharing ideas and suggestions we will be linking to produce available in Kent or ‘made in’ Kent.
  • Our dedicated Christmas events guide has been running for many years. We have an extensive pantomime feature, which includes some explanations about the traditions of this particular form of seasonal entertainment detailing its origins and history.
  • We will also be reviewing our features looking at how to decorate a Christmas tree, arrange a party or make brilliant Christmas light displays inside and out (featuring some of the most spectacular private Christmas light displays in the county).
  • We still maintain our Christmas recipes but these are now published in our Kentish Cooking section.
  • If you’re looking for more Xmas resources you might also like to know that Yourcounty has been running successful Christmas Job features covering; Kent, Medway as well as Bromley.
Christmas presents 2017
Christmas presents

Christmas Presents 2017

There is no ‘best’ present for everyone, this is something of an illusion, however we like to look at popular and inspiring present suggestions and where apposite link them to local themes and retailers. In the UK it is possible to chart the best selling toy presents into a ‘top ten’ of gifts. But even in the case of a ‘must have’ present it won’t suit everyone. If you have a suggestion or recommendation please let us know. Our feedback details are at the foot of the page.

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Eurostar Jobs

Eurostar Jobs

Careers and Vacancies

Eurostar by its very nature is a dynamic and innovative place to work. Compared to most other railway concepts in Western Europe, the tunnel under the Channel is still a new and exciting project. Eurostar job advice, current vacancies and career help on this page, this link for more employers and jobs in Kent. The Eurostar concept is in essence a city to city transfer, crossing boundaries and natural obstacles seamlessly. Eurostar is organized (at the time of writing) within eight separate department that between them are the company. When you apply for Eurostar jobs you will in effect be applying to join one of eight business units.

Eurostar Business Units

  • Commercial – The department with responsibility to grow the business. That means not just sales and marketing but the whole company brand including strategic planning and the call centre. Most jobs in London, contact centre jobs in Ashford. French and Belgian sales and marketing departments in Paris and Brussels respectively.
  • Corporate And Legal Service – Is responsible for the security of the organisation and its operations, including liaison with contractors and national security organisations. They manage the property used by Eurostar, the fixed costs and leasing charges. Legal services are responsible for providing advice and guidance to the whole organisation.
  • Customer Services – Eurostar customer facing staff have a significant responsibility for ensuring customers have a positive experience at every point of contact with the company. A good understanding of English and French is essential. Jobs consist of contact centre work, face to face with customers at terminals or actually aboard the trains.
  • Finance – Eurostar’s finances are in the hands of three departments, Financial Accounting, Business Analysis and Financial Control.
  • Human Resources – Eurostar’s short term and long term business strategies are dependent on the employees of the company. In this way the HR function is crucial in building a successful career. HR is responsible for recruiting, retaining and supporting the best possible people available.
  • Information Systems – the company enjoys a good reputation for IS excellence. The whole business is underpinned by a combination of Microsoft, Oracle and Internet technologies.
  • International Operations – Responsibility for the overall punctuality, reliability and ultimately the safety of services. The Recruitment Process

Eurostar Jobs

There is ongoing recruitment at Eurostar, roles as diverse as train drivers and train managers, electricians, mechanics, engineers, customer service people and many behind the scenes office-based employees. Training is comprehensive, progression is encouraged and the benefits are great. For the full and current contact details visit our transport jobs feature. When you have identified a role that you wish to apply for complete the on line application, you may also be asked to submit a CV.

If your application is successful you are likely to be invited for an interview and assessment. The roles the company recruits for are so diverse that a wide range of assessment/interview techniques could be used including psychometric testing. For some vacancies your knowledge of French is also likely to be tested. Eurostar will provide a full briefing to candidates invited to assessment.

Eurostar jobs
Eurostar jobs

The Corporate Culture – Eurostar Jobs

If you intend to apply for a job you should do some research into the company. One of the key areas to consider is the published corporate culture. This will give you an insight into how the company works and what kind of people they might be looking for.

  • Be proud of Eurostar – Try to show through your application that you actually want to work specifically for the company. That you’re not just looking for a job but to join this company.
  • Think customer – Let your application show your commitment to customer service excellence.
  • Be one team – Convince them of your willingness and natural ability to work as part of a group. Collaboration, cooperation and people skills!
  • Get things done – What have you achieved in your personal and professional life so far? What tasks did you complete successfully in your current or last job?
  • Respect diversity – Have you lived abroad, travelled extensively, or take international holidays and see the peoples of he world as fascinating?

Current Eurostar Jobs

Eurostar is a large dynamic company and jobs are constantly being updated, at the time of our last visit opportunities included:

  • Team Leader
  • Business Systems and Quality Manager
  • EuroDespatch Assistant
  • Senior Planning and Analysis Manager
  • Production Manager
  • International Train Driver
  • Eurostar Engineering Apprentice
  • Campaign Manager France / Chargé(e) de campagnes
  • Chief Compliance Engineer
  • Head of Contact Centre

There are a number of benefits enjoyed by employees, not least of these is free and discounted travel for family and dependents, season ticket loans and a highly regarded pension scheme.

The details here are provided for information purposes only, visit the website for current vacancies.

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Hilton Hotel Jobs

Hilton Hotel Jobs

Welcome to the the Yourcounty Hilton Hotel jobs feature. The potential opportunities available to employees at the Hilton companies can be understood if you take a moment to think about the group as a whole. Hilton Hotels is an international organisation with a world-wide footprint. The group has ten brands, operating in more than 3,800 hotels in 91 countries and nearly 140,000 employees. More Kent jobs here.

The Hilton Brand

Hilton Hotels specifically and the Hilton Brand generally began life just after the end of the first world war when Conrad Hilton purchased his first hotel, The Mobley in Texas. Hilton grew very quickly and it took just 35 years for the group to become the largest hotel company of the world.

The group also includes: Hilton Grand Vacations, Waldorf Astoria Collection, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Hilton Hotel jobs
Hilton Hotel Jobs

Working For Hilton Hotels

From a recruitment perspective you can think of Hilton as Hilton US and Hilton Worldwide. The UK falls within Hilton Worldwide. You can join the company at almost any level from the most junior position or executive status. It’s all dependent on your skills, qualification and ambitions.

From the Hilton website “A job with Hilton Worldwide is never just a job – it’s an open door to success. Whether you welcome guests at one of our award-winning hotels or work in our corporate offices, you’ll be appreciated, valued, and respected. You’ll find yourself part of an inspiring and stimulating culture that embraces new thinking. Join us for the hospitality career of a lifetime.”

Through the main Hilton recruitment portal you can apply for Hilton corporate team jobs in the US, based in; McLean, Memphis or Dallas. You can search worldwide jobs by country including the UK. Job searches and applications can be made online, and you are invited to contact a hotel direct if you’re seeking a job in a specific location.

Hilton Hotel jobs here. At the time of writing their were hundreds of UK vacancies waiting to filled, a selection below:

  • Sales Manager – Aberdeen – Full-time
  • Reservations Manager – Hilton Tower of London – Full-time
  • Hostess – Manchester Hilton – Part-time
  • Food and Beverage Supervisor – Manchester – Full-time
  • Food and Beverage Assistant – Leeds – Full-time
  • Experienced Credit Controller – Liverpool – Full-time
  • eCommerce Services Manager – Watford – Full-time
  • Director of Operations – Liverpool – Full-time
  • Deputy Housekeeper – Manchester – Full-time
  • Demie Chef de Partie – Leeds – Part-time
  • Commis Chef – Aberdeen – Full-time
  • Casual Beverage Host / Hostess – Liverpool – Part-time
  • Training Officer – Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Edinburgh – Full-time
  • Switchboard Telephonist – London – Part-time
  • Storeperson – London – Full-time
  • Store man – Hounslow – Full-time
  • Steward / Kitchen Porter – Dunblane – Part-time
  • Sous Chef – London Hilton on Park Lane – Full-time
  • Sous Chef – Hilton Garden Inn – Full-time
  • Shift Leader – Ballater – Full-time
  • Security Team Leader – Birmingham – Full-time
  • Sales Coordinator – Watford – Full-time
  • Room Attendant – Hilton Birmingham Metropole – Part-time
  • Public Cleaner / Linen Porter / Late Room Maid – Reading – Full-time
  • Regional Director of Revenue UK and Ireland – Watford – Full-time
  • Receptionist – Basingstoke – Part time
  • Receptionist & Executive Lounge – Hilton Gatwick – Part-time
  • Public Area Cleaner – Dundee – Casual
  • Plant Engineer – Park Lane – Full-time
  • Payroll Manager – Full-time- Watford
  • Pastry Sous Chef – London Hilton on Park Lane – Full-time
  • Night Team Member – Birmingham Metropole – Full-time
  • Night Receptionist – Stansted – Full-time
  • Membercare Assistant – Bellshill – Part-time
  • Management Accountant – Manchester – Full-time

Hilton Hotels in and near Kent can be found at:

  • Hilton Hotel Maidstone, Bearsted Road, Weavering, Maidstone – 01622 734322
  • Hilton Dartford, Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, DA2 6QF – 01322 284444

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Estate Agent Jobs

Estate Agent Jobs In Kent

Welcome to the Yourcounty estate agent jobs page. Its aim is to provide a brief guide to working for estate and letting agencies and to link directly and indirectly to current vacancies in the region. Through our local property pages we feature most of the agencies in Kent, and if you’re just looking for details of agencies sorted by district this page should do the the job for you. If you’d like some general information about working in the property sale and letting sectors read on. This link for the main Jobs in Kent features.

The most important component of our employment content is our user feedback. Your comments are helping to shape and develop our features and we welcome your thoughts about working for estate agents and their recruitment processes.

What Do Estate Agents Do?

The main activity of estate agents is the marketing and sale of residential and commercial properties, businesses or land on behalf of their customers. They may also buy these same commodities on behalf of their clients. Many estate agents also act as letting agents, arranging the rental and letting of residential and commercial property and sometimes undertaking fee based management of rented properties. Into this mix there are also dedicated letting agents who have no sales activity.  The sector can be sub dived much further into: rural, urban, land specialists, commercial property specialists, student letting specialist and so on. However the scope of this page is to provide some general information and link to useful resources. A modern large estate agency is dependent on a number of different professionals to successfully undertake its activity, here we focus on those tasks experienced in all sectors to this industry.

Marketing of the agency, it needs to attract customers wanting to sell their houses. When a property is going to come to market accurate information about the property, usually including photographs need to be collected, a valuation has to be made and a contract signed. At this point buyers for the property need to be attracted, viewings of the property arranged and an element of negotiation may be required with eventual buyers. Throughout the whole process there is a significant amount of liaison with many stakeholders and a degree of compliance with rules and regulations has to be achieved.

Estate Agent Jobs
Estate Agent Jobs

The role of letting agents includes attracting landlords and properties to rent, gathering accurate information about the properties. Then the properties have to be marketed and potential tenants vetted, when a property is let there are ongoing management responsibilities including the collection of the rent. There are also issues of compliance and liaison in property rental management. If you’d like more information about the standards and compliance property sector visit the RICS website.

What Estate Agent Jobs Are There?

Estate agents are major employers in Kent and across the UK, they can have quite a high turnover of staff so there are usually lots of vacancies even when unemployment rates are high. A big estate agent will advertise a wide range of employment opportunities; traditional estate agent jobs and letting agent roles as well as support functions in areas like HR, IT, marketing and finance. Their core business is however to sell and let houses.

To give you an idea of where to start, traditional estate agent and letting agent jobs include:

  • Estate Agency Administrator
  • Letting Agent
  • Estate Agent Branch Manager
  • Lettings Manager
  • Negotiator
  • Property Manager
  • Trainee Negotiator
  • Property Valuer
  • Trainee Estate Agent
  • Sales Agent
  • Trainee Letting Agent

There are several hundred estate agent offices in Kent alone. If you are looking for a job the best system is to identify those agents in the area where you’d like to work and visit their websites, check out their current vacancies and apply for any relevant jobs. It’s usually possible to send them a CV even if they don’t have an opening at this time. Target the ten most suitable firms, produce your CV and covering letter to as high a standard as possible and put your details into the job market place.

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Estate Agent Jobs – User Feedback

Are you able to answer Maggie’s question? If so send an email to the feedback address.

“I recently went for an interview with a local estate agent (with branches throughout Kent), the position was for a freelance/self employed agent, like a mini franchise within a franchise, it was a commission only post but a successful applicant would have been expected to pay several hundred pounds for training. Do you or any of your readers know about this scheme and can you link to any ‘real life’ stories?”

Environment Agency Jobs

Environment Agency Jobs And Careers

Environment Agency jobs and career advice on this page. This link for the main recruitment page for jobs in Kent.  We welcome comments and feedback from any of our users with recent experience of working for the agency. EA is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. It has responsibility for maintaining and improving the natural environment and taking measures to protect communities against flooding in England and Wales. The work is absolutely essential to the current and future quality of life of every individual in the UK and further afield. Pollution, radioactivity, flooding, fishing, land and water quality are all subject areas that overlap into the work of the organisation. The Agency has a workforce of around 10,600 that sit within eight directorates reporting to a Chief Executive. The organisation has a total budget of over £1b, the funding comes from both central government and a range of fee raising services.

Environment Agency Jobs
Environment Agency Jobs

Where Can You Work?

All of the tasks undertaken by the organisation can be broken down into eight separate departments overseen and coordinated by a Chief Executive’s Office, we’ve summerised the main functions of each directorate below as a general guide to job seekers (for more precise details visit the Environment Agency website):

  • Chief Executive – Environment strategy, planning, media relation.
  • Operations – A national network responsible for flood protection across the country on a micro to a macro level. This work encompasses managing the Thames Barrier and keeping local streams unblocked with everything in between. It’s present in all of England and Wales and it’s the part of the agency that will respond when flooding strikes.
  • Evidence – Research, data modelling and the appliance of science to the work of the agency.
  • Finance – All the financial management necessary to run a billion pound budget and meet all legal and statutory requirements including procurement and pensions.
  • FCRM – The flood and coastal risk management team take responsibility for long term strategy and the investment in flood defence. They are involved in modelling and the analysis of trends and patterns connected to flooding related issues. The FCRM also run flooding incident coordination.
  • Environment And Business – Have a wide range of responsibilities connected to the relationship between individuals, businesses and the environment. Working with regulated and non-regulated businesses and other stakeholders. Taking a lead in issues such as climate change and the quality of land and water.
  • Resources – The beating heart of the organisation, it includes HR, IT and other functions that enable the Environment Agency to successfully meet the goals set out in the corporate plan.
  • Legal Service – It might surprise you to know that this department has over 100 people working within it. the ‘shock troops’ working in litigation, permits, enforcement and prosecution. Other members of the legal team supporting other units in the organisations and working towards strategic medium and long term goals.

Environment Agency Roles And Recruitment

The Environment Agency recruitment pages has a wealth of information for job seekers including some examples of job profiles to give prospective employees an idea of what the agency has to offer in roles as diverse as; Project Support Officer, HR Business Partner, Environment Officer, Procurement Officer, Permitting Officer, Support Analyst, Hydrologist, Incident Communication Advisor, Coastal Engineer, Service Assurance Supplier Manager, Customer Service Advisor, Civil Engineer, Flood Risk Mapping, Finance Business Partner, Planner and Business Relationship Manager. These are just a sample of operational roles within the organisation.

Current Environment Agency Jobs

To give you an idea of where to start this is a selection of vacancies published on the EA website (at the time of writing):

  • Environmental Crime Officers –  25,001 – 30,000 Farnham , Wallingford
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Control Engineer, Engineers (Meica) – 30,001 – 40,000 Canterbury , Chichester , Farnham , London , Maidstone , Oxford , Reading , Romsey , Rye , Sevenoaks , Sunbury-on-Thames , Wallingford , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling , Worthing , Pevensey
  • Personal Assistant –  20,001 – 25,000 Exeter
  • Assistant Scientist (Instrumentation) – 15,001 – 20,000 Reading
  • Biodiversity Technical Officer – 6784 6784 Environment & Sustainability 25,001 – 30,000 London
  • Asset Performance Team Member – Thames Barrier –  20,001 – 25,000 London
  • Flood & Coastal Risk Management Officer – 25,001 – 30,000 Romsey
  • Apprentice Legal Assistant – 15,001 – 20,000 Bristol
  • Electrical / Mechanical (Asset Performance) Technical Officer – 25,001 – 30,000 Farnham , Guildford , Reading , Shepperton , Sunbury-on-Thames
  • Customers and Engagement Officer – 20,001 – 25,000 West Malling
  • Permitting Officer 1 – Environment & Sustainability 25,001 – 30,000 Solihull
  • Groundwater and Contaminated Land Technical Officer – 25,001 – 30,000 West Malling
  • Flood Risk Technical Advisor – 30,001 – 40,000 Welwyn Garden City
  • Technical Officer (Hydrology) – 25,001 – 30,000 Kidderminster , Shrewsbury , Solihull , Stafford , Tewkesbury , Fradley

Benefits Of Employment

The core benefits of jobs at the Environment Agency included (at the time of writing):

  • An attractive final salary pension scheme
  • Holiday entitlement starts at five weeks and rises to a maximum of six weeks a year.
  • A valuable maternity and adoption leave programme
  • Occupational health and ophthalmic services
  • Season tickets bicycles and safety equipment loans
  • Some offices are able to offer free work place parking

The Environment Agency Head Office is at:

  • Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AH

Offices in The South East are at:

  •  South East Regional Office, Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8DQ
  • West Thames Area Office, West Area Office, Howbery Park, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BD
  • Solent and South Downs Area Office, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, Sussex, BN11 1LD
  • North East Thames Area Office, Apollo Court, 2 Bishops Square Business Park, St Albans Road West, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9EX
  • Kent South London Office, Orchard House, Endeavour Park, London Road, Addington, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5SH

To make a general employment enquiry or apply for Environment Agency jobs visit the Environment Agency recruitment website.

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Emergency Services Jobs

Emergency Services Jobs

Careers With The Fire And Rescue, Police, Ambulance And Security Services

Welcome to the Yourcounty emergency services jobs pages. The purpose of this page is to feature emergency service and armed forces employers together with careers in law and order. We publish information and links on this page; some internal, some external, most jobs based in Kent others further afield. Most of the organizations listed on this page may have quite strict eligibility requirements, you may save yourself a lot of time if you investigate these before you make your application.

As always we are pleased to get your feedback about any of these employers. Contact details at the foot of the page.

Employers and vacancy links on this page fall into three distinct groups. Those directly related to the traditional emergency services (Ambulance, Fire & Rescue and Police) agencies linked to law and order, typically organizations reporting to the Justice Ministry (Prison and Probation Service) and forces involved directly in the defense of the realm (the military and security agencies).

Emergency Services Jobs

In the UK we think of the emergency services as being those agencies working across the whole of the country that respond to emergencies and can be reached through the 999 telephone number. The Health Service (in the guise of the Ambulance Service, The Fire & Rescue Service and the Police). However there are in fact dozens of organs that are prepared to respond to emergencies, some of them can be directly engaged by calling 999, other are generally contacted by one of the other services. A few examples are: Bomb Disposal, The Lifeboat Service and Mountain Rescue.

The Justice Ministry

Created in 2007, the Justice Ministry is responsible for increasing the wider confidence in the agencies of justice, protecting the public as well as reducing offending. Most people will be familiar with the Prison Service and Probation Service but may not be quite so aware of the job opportunities available with: Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, the Ministry of Justice itself and the Youth Justice Board.

The Defence Of The Realm

Two different kinds of agencies offering jobs and careers, the traditional armed forces like the Army and Royal Marines and national security services such as MI5 and MI6.

  • The Army – The TA – The British Army is in a phase of transition, suitable candidates are being recruited to take the organisation forward in a rapidly changing world. The basis for the relationship requires that you join a train with a local unit, so check to see where your local TA camp is.
  • SECAMS (Formerly the Kent Ambulance Service) – Now restructured as part of South East Coast Ambulance Service, this link leads to our KENT NHS job page, which has extensive information about joining the NHS in general the the Ambulance Service specifically.
  • Kent Coastguard – Part of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, the organisation has over 1,200 employees and around 4,000 volunteers.
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service – Jobs are advertised through their own careers page on the corporate website. The service covers Kent and Medway. Its responsibilities include: the provision of emergency response, fire fighting, attending RTAs and a range of rescue related services.
  • Kent Police – Kent Police employ over 1,500 civilians to support and assist the work of over 3,100 officers based in all parts of the county. Recruitment seems to have become a little easier again as we enter the second half of 2013, expect more vacancies, keep checking the website.
Emergency Services Jobs
Kent Police – Kent Emergency Services Jobs
  • Kent Police Specials – The Special Constabulary are trained volunteers who work with and support Kent Police. There are around 330 Specials in the county.
  • Metropolitan Police – The Metropolitan Police Service (often referred to at The Met) has extensive job and career information through a dedicated website. Our details regarding Uniformed Officer recruitment has been recently updated.
  • MI5, The Security Service – MI5, The Security Service has responsibilities for protecting the UK against threats to our national interests.
  • MI6, The Secret Intelligence Service – The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) began to recruit its spies openly less than a decade ago. Because of the vetting needed to join a covert intelligence organisation the recruitment process can take a considerable time (up to a year in some cases), you need to plan ahead if you wish to apply.
  • MoD On-line – The Ministry of Defence (MoD) career website links to the other armed forces websites and provides vacancy details for civilian MoD jobs. You might now know this but the MoD has thousands of civilian employees involved in jobs as varied as web masters, vets and administrators.
  • Prison Service – The Prison Service has ongoing recruitment of both Prison Officers and support functions. We link to privatised and public sector prisons.
  • The Kent Probation Service – The National Probation Service is an important part of the National Offender Management Service. because of the large number of prisons in Kent it is particularly active in the county.
  • Royal Marine Careers – The Royal Marines are the Royal Navy’s sea born infantry and elite force. They are a small but highly respected corps, also known as the ‘Green Berets’.

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Dover District Council Jobs

Dover District Council Jobs, Employment And Careers With DDC

Welcome to our Dover District Council jobs page. The district of Dover covers a total area of 120 square miles, and includes the towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich as well as many villages. This part of East Kent is rich in heritage, natural beauty and is Britain’s doorway to Europe. 14 million passengers travel through the port of Dover every year! The current population is over 110,000. Jobs at Dover Council on this page, this link for the main jobs in Kent page. Dover (or Douvres as the French call it). Is the UK’s closest port to mainland Europe, an ancient settlement and an iconic symbol recognised then world over (Dover Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover etc). For details of local employers and links to local jobs visit the local Dover jobs page.

Dover District Council Jobs

Canterbury City Council,  Thanet District Council and Dover District Council jobs are centrally administered. At the time of our last visit vacancies included:

  • Visitor Services Officer (4) – Canterbury City Council – £16,913 to £17,688
  • HR Systems Administration Apprentice – Dover District Council – £5.25 per hour
  • Project Officer (Townscape Heritage Initiative – Dalby Square) – Thanet District Council
    Starting Salary £34,011 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £38,773
  • Customer Advisor x 2 – EK Services – Starting Salary £20,712 per annum
  • Enforcement Officer – Canterbury City Council – £21,850 to £23,087 pro rata
  • Independent Board Members – Whitstable Harbour – Canterbury City Council
  • Housing Improvement Officer – Thanet District Council -Starting Salary £29,896 per annum
  • Pier Attendant – Dover District Council -Salary £18,612 to £21,465 per annum (pro rata)
  • Pioneering Canterbury Exhibitions and Heritage Producer – Canterbury Marlowe – £26,511
  • Pioneering Canterbury Digital Producer – Canterbury Marlowe – £26,511
  • Pioneering Canterbury Collections Assistant – Canterbury Marlowe – £18,259
  • HR Officer – Dover District Council – £18,612 to £21,465 per annum
  • Commercial Lawyer -Dover District Council – £42,813 – £48,445 per annum plus car allowance of £5,869
Dover District Council Jobs
Dover District Council Jobs

The Council

Current Dover District Council jobs are published on the DDC website. The local authorities in East Kent all the use the same job portal so you can see vacancies for: Dover, Thanet and Canterbury on one website. DDC has a published equal opportunities policy, they are “committed to providing relevant and accessible services to all the people who live and work in Dover.”

When we last visited the Council website and reviewed their organisational structure the council’s activities were arranged into seven distinct teams (a 2012 restructuring may have changed the Management Team but the basic functions remain the same):

  • Office of the Chief Executive
    • Responsibility for the economic regeneration of the area, supporting practical and secretarial help to the Chief Executive’s office.
  • Governance
    • Legal services ensuring the Council acts lawfully in all matters.
    • The East Kent Audit Partnership, a joint venture between; Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Shepway District Council and Thanet District Council.
    • Performance and Risk gather information and carry out analysis and analytical functions.
    • East Kent Human Resources Partnership is an alliance between the four East Kent local authorities to pool expertise and share costs. The partnership is estimated to save each of the four authorities about £100,000 per annum.
  • Finance and ICT
    • As you might imagine the accountancy team carry out the traditional local authority finance functions such as responsibility for actual bank accounts, budgets and treasury management. Producing reports for all relevant stakeholders, completing returns.
    • Procurement best practise is an indispensable part of local government, it requires that all national and European legislation is taken into account in a procurement context.
    • ICT are responsible for all computer networks, the computers connected to them and the software running on these machines.
  • Property, Leisure and Waste Management
    • Property Services – In common with most local authorities DDC has responsibility for a number of physical and material assets. The post war Coast Protection Act empowers local authorities to protect the coastline from erosion. Public toilets, markets, cemeteries, council buildings and facilities are all just a part of the responsibility of Dover’s Property Department.
    • The Parking and CCTV team are responsible for installing, maintaining CCTV across the district, monitoring the output from the CCTV and liaising with any apposite third party. The 30 off street parking areas are managed by the Parking Unit.
    • Leisure Services are responsible for the management (or delegated management) for all public leisure facilities across the district including: Dover Leisure Centre, Tides and the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre.
  • Business and Community Transformation
    • Enforcement and counter fraud.
    • Council Tax calculation, collection and management.
    • The paying of benefits to the thousands of residents that depend on them.
    • Community Transformation through regeneration, health and well being projects, and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of individuals and communities.
    • Corporate issues like equality, communication and consultation projects
  • Housing, Culture and Community Safety
    • The council has responsibility for managing nearly 5,000 council houses and flats.
    • Strategic housing plans require an understanding of the private and public housing needs both now and in the future.
    • Museums and tourism falls within this area of responsibility and includes The Dover Museum and The White Cliffs tourism project.
    • Anti-Social Behavior in handled by a joint venture between the council and the local police known as the Community Safety Unit.
  • Development and Public Protection
    • Conservation is a crucial issue in an area of such historical importance as Dover, Deal and Sandwich. The council is expected to protect and where possible improve natural features, the general environment and important buildings.
    • Simply put Building Control can be thought of as having two distinct parts, Building Regulations Fee Earning (known as BRFE) and Building Regulations Implementation.
    • Environmental Health in Dover District Council is concerned with protecting the public through:
      • Developing and managing a system of food safety and hygiene control whereever food is prepared and/or served publicly.
      • Health and safety in the workplace is an essential tool to protect employees and members of the public alike.
      • The council has certain statutory responsibilities with regard ships and boats entering the port.
    • The Environmental Protection team are involved in; pollution control, pest control and dog control activities.

Location And Contacts

Public sector jobs are in short supply at the present time. Vacancies for Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet are now managed by a central recruitment team the East Kent HR Partnership:

  • East Kent HR Partnership, Dover District Council, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, CT16 3PJ
  • 01304 872799

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Dartford Council Jobs

 Dartford Borough Council Jobs

Dartford Council jobs and employment information on this page. This link for the main Jobs in Kent feature. Feedback about working for the Borough Council and its recruitment process is most welcome, our contact details below. The Borough has a little under 100,000 people living in the town of Dartford and the surrounding areas. Dartford is the most northerly local authority within Kent, the Thames, and Essex beyond lie to the North, to the West is the London Borough of Bexley. Dartford is part of the Thames Gateway a ‘key growth zone’. The plan is to create 20,000 new homes and 50,000 new jobs by 2026. These developments are likely to boost local employment opportunities including Dartford Council jobs. Dartford’s origins are Roman, the hamlet eventually becoming a market town before developing into an important industrial centre with paper making and cement production important parts of its activity.

Dartford Council Jobs

Part time and full time Dartford Council jobs are advertised and held on their website here. The website also provides some general advice for job seekers including how to write a winning Curriculum Vitae, some tips on Interview technique and a guide and links to enable you to search for a vacancy. The current management structure of Dartford Council reflects the work the council does and the roles required to help run the organisation and in fact the borough. At director level there are Managing Director, Executive Director , Strategic Director, Regeneration Director, Project Director and Valuer. Dartford Borough Council with Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council, co-ordinates the local authority approach to issues of regeneration within ‘Kent Thameside’.

Dartford Council jobs
Dartford Council jobs

Location And Contact

  • Dartford Borough Council
    Civic Centre,
    Home Gardens,
    Kent, DA1 1DR
  • 01322 343434

More Local Government Jobs

Follow this link for the local Dartford job page.

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CPS Jobs

CPS Jobs In Kent And Beyond

About The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the organisation responsible for prosecuting criminal cases. The CPS is not only the biggest legal firm in the UK dealing with criminal casework, but it’s one of the largest in Europe. It’s primary activities are; to ensure that people feel as safe as possible, to prosecute ‘wrongdoers’ and support victims of crime. CPS jobs cover a wide range of legal and administrative functions.

In the early part of the 19th century the formal creation of police forces was in full swing. This led to both the detection and prosecution of crimes and criminals being the responsibility of those embryonic police forces. The office of the Director of Public Prosecution was instituted in 1880, but it only dealt with difficult or sensitive cases. It wasn’t until the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 that one body with the responsibility for all public prosecutions was created. The Crown Prosecution Service started operating in 1986 under the management of the Director of Public Prosecution.  Our current estimate is that the CPS employs around 6,900 people of which around 2,800 are solicitors and barristers. Advertised CPS jobs include non-legal opportunities.

If you’re looking for legal employers in general or Government Legal Service vacancies and careers visit our main Kent job page.

cps jobs
CPS employ thousands of legal and admin staff

The CPS Central Teams

There is a HQ team dealing with the day to day running of the organisation as well as strategic issues. The operational side is quite small because each of the regional units has its own Operations Centre.  There is a a team responsible for providing charging decisions and advice to the police out of office hours. The nature of certain criminal cases are so specialised that it requires prosecutors with appropriate levels of skills and experience to be able to deal with them. The CPS has five such casework divisions dealing with: Fraud, Counter Terrorism & Special Crime, International Crime, Organised Crime and a Division dealing with Welfare, Rural & Health.The Crown Prosecution Service Regional Units

Each of the 13 regional units is managed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor. The CPS South East Area is fairly typical of the way the regional units are structured. CPS South East covers; Kent, Sussex and Surrey, an area of some three and a half thousand miles and four million people. The county boundaries also reflect the three operational units within the CPS region. There is a Area Operations Centre where much of the day to day management of the region takes place.

Headquartered in London and York, the CPS manages the organisation, sets policies and handles corporate matters (such as finance and communications). The Director of Public Prosecutions is assisted by the CPS Chief Executive in running the organisation.

Most of its casework is dealt with by the thirteen CPS Areas, which are responsible for conducting prosecutions in specific parts of England and Wales; each area is led by a Chief Crown Prosecutor. There are (at the time of writing) about 165 CPS staff in Kent, working primarily out of the Canterbury offices. Their annual workload is the prosecution of about 23,000 cases, 10% in the Crown Court the balance in the Magistrate’s Court.

CPS Jobs

CPS staff work in one of three areas:

  • Prosecution – The responsibility for the actual prosecution is in the hands of barristers and lawyers.
  • Paralegal – Undertake essential work in preparing a case to the point where it can be taken to court.
  • Administration – Provide all the necessary support services required in running the organisation; financial, it, management, estates, training, communication and much more.

When you read through the recruitment and corporate literature of the CPS one of the ideas that is emphasized is ‘championing justice’, this I think will need to be one of the motivating factors of joining the service. It might also need to be made apparent in any application a candidate makes. As well as making applications you can also sign up for the CPS jobs electronic updates.

Location & Contacts

CPS jobs can be found here.


  • The Crown Prosecution Service, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London, SE1 9HS
  • 020 3357 0000

The CPS in Kent

  • CPS Canterbury Office, Riding Gate House, 37 Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3JG
  • 01227 866000

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