HR Opportunities


The public sector accounts for a significant section of the UK workforce - a huge 5.4 million employees strong. It's little wonder HR professionals are attracted to the strength, complexity and rewarding career in this great sector. The goal is to provide a service to all and, as the name suggests, act in the public interest. In an environment which is driven by quality of service rather than profit, our residents, communities and visitors are the benefactors of the impact we deliver.

The HR service is constantly adapting - implementing changes driven from new legislation, market forces and customer requirements. Our teams understand, deliver and embed these changes accurately with strong quality assurance and governance and drive outcome focussed approaches, creating the platform to enable success. Our work is complex and interesting, including organisation redesign, driving business performance through workforce development, supporting managers with their staff leadership approaches and interventions, particularly when they face the complexities of performance, attendance and resolving conflict. Challenging and supporting in equal measure, enabling people to thrive.

New opportunities - it's an exciting time to join us!

The eight district, borough and county councils in North Yorkshire are coming together in April 2023 to form a new organisation, one unified council. The single council will provide the resilience, scale and financial sustainability to deliver outstanding services, tackle the challenges facing the whole county after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, take advantage of future opportunities and provide secure, varied and interesting career prospects for our staff.

One unified organisation gives us the opportunity to further focus on the way we work, and to work in a more agile and flexible way, centred around our customers. Through local delivery hubs situated across the county we can offer staff increased flexibility as to how and where they work, for some roles the freedom to work anywhere across the county.

A single council will further develop nationally acclaimed essential services. By uniting we will take the best of all council services and have the scale to improve things for everyone living and working here.

And this is where you come in...

April 2023 may seem a long way away, but our HR work starts now to unite, unify and transform our councils, ensure we deliver a smooth transition to our new way of working which will benefit us and our residents in North Yorkshire. We have lots of do, such as HR project work, TUPE, restructures, policies and workforce transformation leading up to and well beyond April 2023, in addition to our daily operational HR case work. This fantastic opportunity allows you to showcase and develop your skills and be part of developing our new culture.

We are looking for HR professionals at all levels to join us across the county. You do not require experience of working in local government and we welcome applications from other sectors, with experience of working with large and complex organisations an advantage.

Depending on your experience we have a variety of opportunities...

HR Business Partners / Managers - £35 to 44k
HR Officers / Advisers - £22 to 35k

As you can see we have a strong pipeline of exciting and interesting work ahead of us and collectively we deliver HR services to over 20,000 staff directly and indirectly. Therefore, we are equally interested in receiving applications from HR professionals who prefer to work on a permanent or temporary, full-time or part-time basis.

Depending on your expertise and your preference you might work for any one of the eight councils, either directly or indirectly. However you join us, from April 2023 you will transfer to the new council. Exciting times!

Because we have multiple opportunities in our HR services across eight councils, we have not published all of our job descriptions. In summary we are looking for experienced HR professionals who can offer some or all of the following:

  • practical application of employment law, HR policy and procedure
  • provide HR advice and guidance both generalist and across the HR specialisms
  • support managers with workforce issues such as restructures, disciplinary, attendance and develop performance
  • working in a pressurised environment with competing and conflicting priorities
  • develop and deliver HR and OD programmes and transformation
  • ability to work with agility, ambiguity with a positive and collaborative approach
  • be a trusted adviser and partner

What’s in it for you?

A unique professional development opportunity. Rarely is there an opportunity to work with such complexity and scale. As we progress with unifying and transforming the new council we will provide colleagues with professional development support, alongside the opportunity to work with our high performing, successful HR professionals and teams.

We can offer you a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, flexible working hours, a government pension scheme as well as a variety of retail discounts.

We benefit from access to modern technology which has enabled us to work from home pre-, during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. These opportunities are no exception and successful candidates will be fully enabled to work from home, their office base and with the opportunity to work across the region.

Public sector knowledge is not required, however you will have a strong moral purpose that will be central to your approach and will enable you to gain job satisfaction by making a difference to the residents we serve through successful HR service solutions.

We welcome applications from HR professionals at any stage in their journey.

New to the North Yorkshire region?

North Yorkshire is a thriving region which adapts to our changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

The region'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 features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in the 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.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.

The City of York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK. The city was named the best place to live in the North and North East by The Sunday Times 2019. With a population of 200,000, it’s big enough to feel lively but small enough to feel like home.

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, Doncaster, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh just two hours away by train.

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, the region has so much to offer including a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Contact us and apply now

If you feel these roles are something you could be interested in and would like to know more, please contact Trish Gourley at to arrange an informal discussion.

To apply please send your CV to by midnight on 15 November 2021.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

  • Closing date: 15 November 2021
  • Interview dates: week commencing 29 November 2021


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