About us


Set in the beautiful surroundings of South Yorkshire, Rotherham is a real 'central UK' location perfectly placed and with excellent road and rail links.

Our area boasts scenic rolling countryside and picturesque villages as well as modern, urban living areas - in fact, 70% of our region is rural, so you can enjoy the buzz of the town centre and all its attractions as well as the slower pace and quality of life rural living has to offer.

What we do

Most people don’t realise how many different types of jobs and professions there are in a local authority. For example, at Rotherham Council we employ people to work in administration, care and welfare, catering, leisure, environmental services, housing, teaching, finance, human resources, IT and many, many more areas.

As one of Rotherham’s largest employers, we have about 11,000 people working with us full-time and part-time across the Borough.

As a Council, we are responsible for everything that makes living and working in Rotherham a pleasure. Our different departments offer a massive range of job opportunities for people of all backgrounds and from all walks of life.

Here’s how it all comes together: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is led by a Cabinet - a group of 10 councillors who make the key decisions about the Council’s policies and budget. This Cabinet then makes its recommendations to the Full Council, which is made up of 63 councillors.

The Council’s services are led by our Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) of chief officers, made up of the Chief Executive and three Strategic Directors who head up the departments that allow us to deliver a huge range of services to the people living and working in Rotherham.

Council structure

Council structures can be confusingly complex to people who haven’t worked in a local authority before. In fact, they are hard to understand for people who have! So let’s keep it simple and introduce you to each of our departments – known as Directorates - and give you a brief overview of the services carried out by each.

Our priorities

Our Vision is to make Rotherham a prosperous place where people have choices and opportunities to improve the quality of their lives. We want Rotherham communities to be safe, clean and green so that everyone can enjoy a healthy and active life.

The most important things we do are:

  • Stimulating the local economy and helping local people into work
  • Protecting our most vulnerable people and families, enabling them to maximise their independence
  • Ensuring all areas of Rotherham are safe, clean and well maintained
  • Helping people to improve their health and well-being and reducing inequalities within the borough

Values and culture

We’ve also developed a solid set of values which everyone who works with us takes to heart.

The Way We Do Business values sit alongside the Council's priorities in the Corporate Plan. The values are:

  • Talking and listening to all our customers and treating everyone fairly and with respect (Listen and Learn)
  • Supporting and enabling our communities to help themselves, whilst meeting the needs of the most vulnerable (Care and Support)
  • Getting it right first time, reducing bureaucracy and getting better value for money (Right First Time)
  • Working with partners to ensure people get the services and support they need as early as possible (Better Together)
  • Having the right people with the rights skills in the right place at the right time (Supported Staff Better Services)

These values are embedded in the Council and reflect the behaviour you can expect to receive from others as well as how you should treat colleagues and business partners. They are underpinned by our employee and manager competencies.


When you work at Rotherham Council we’ll expect you to bring our values to life in everything you do. The following competencies define what our employees need to be, know and do at work:

Employee competencies (for posts on salary Band A to F)

  • Customer awareness
  • Continuous improvement
  • Performance focus
  • Team working
  • Dignity and respect

Manager competencies (for posts on salary Band G and above)

  • Strategic awareness
  • Leadership
  • Performance focus
  • Customer awareness
  • Dignity and respect
  • Managing with and through people

Equalities and diversity

We are committed to meeting the needs and aspirations of Rotherham’s diverse communities and we aim to have a workforce which reflects that diversity. That's why we ensure that our employment opportunities and recruitment processes are accessible and open to everyone. We will also make reasonable adjustments to a job or workplace to ensure that disabled people can access jobs, fulfil their potential and progress their careers further.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment. If you will have contact with children and/or vulnerable adults as part of your job, we will undertake a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service before offering you the position.