We offer competitive pay, and reward the hard work of our staff. You can find full salary details in our vacancies.

Retention payments and market premia allowance

Retention payments will be paid at the end of April, following:

  • 1 years’ service with Medway, in Safeguarding and First response roles
  • 2 years' service with Medway, in all other children's social worker roles

. To qualify for the retention payment social workers:

  • need to be in post as at 31 March
  • have not submitted a resignation prior to the payment being made
  • and not be subject to any formal disciplinary or capability process during the year

The retention payment and market premia allowance are subject to annual review. If these are discontinued you'll be given 3 months' notice.

Medpay, social worker roles (Children's Services)

Range: NQSW

Salary: £28,124 pa

Car allowance: Essential user allowance or lease car

Range: SW2

Basic salary: £32,512 to £35,541 pa

Market premia: £2,000 per year, paid in 12 equal instalments. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only.

Retention payment:

  • £2,000 pa. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only, after 1 year's service.

  • £2,000 pa. Payable after 2 years service in Medway. Applies to social work roles in all other service areas across Children's Services.

Car allowance: Essential user allowance or lease car

Range: SW2A

Basic salary: £35,5421 to £38,909 pa

Market premia: £2,500, paid in 12 equal instalments. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only.

Retention payment:

  • £3,000 pa. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only, after 1 year's service.

  • £2,000 pa. Payable after 2 years service in Medway. Applies to social work roles in all other service areas across Children's Services

Car allowance: Essential user allowance or lease car

Range: SW3

Basic salary: £38,910 to £43,521 pa

Market premia: £3,000, paid in 12 equal instalments. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only.

Retention payment:

  • £3,000 pa. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only, after 1 year's service.

  • £2,000 pa. Payable after 2 years service in Medway. Applies to social work roles in all other service areas across Children's Services.

Car allowance: Essential user allowance or lease car

Range: SW4

Basic salary: £43,522 to £47,417 pa

Market premia: £4,000, paid in 12 equal instalments. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only.

Retention payment:

  • £3,000 pa. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only, after 1 year's service.

  • £2,000 pa. Payable after 2 years service in Medway. Applies to social work roles in all other service areas across Children's Services.

Car allowance: Essential user allowance or lease car

Range: SW4

Basic salary: £43,522 to £47,417 pa. Minimum starting salary £46,118

Market premia: £5,000, paid in 12 equal instalments. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only.

Retention payment:

  • £3,000 pa. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only, after 1 year's service.

  • £2,000 pa. Payable after 2 years service in Medway. Applies to social work roles in all other service areas across Children's Services.

Car allowance: Essential user allowance or lease car

Range: SW5

Basic salary: £47,417 to £51,337 pa

Market premia: £7,000, paid in 12 equal instalments. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only.

Retention payment:

  • £3,000 pa. Payable to posts in Safeguarding and First Response only, after 1 year's service.

  • £2,000 pa. Payable after 2 years service in Medway. Applies to social work roles in all other service areas across Children's Services.

Out of hours payment: £3,000 pa

Car allowance: Essential user allowance or lease car