Swan Housing Group is based in Essex. It started life in 1991 as Basildon Community Housing Association (BCHA) which later became Swan (Essex), and was registered with the Housing Corporation in 1992..The Group structure came into being in the late 1990s. Today Swan manages over 7,600 homes in Essex, Suffolk and East London.
At Swan we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer services, and we need ambitious, career minded individuals with a ‘can do’ attitude to deliver these services to our residents. We can offer exciting careers in Housing Management, Property Services, Finance and Supported Housing, along with the other departments that play a vital role in the organisations success such as Human Resources, Facilities and Marketing. If you have a proven track record and want to work within an award winning organisation, then working for Swan Housing Group would be your ideal career move. We understand the importance of building a successful career, and work hard to ensure everyone within the organisation has the opportunity to gain valuable experience. As a Graduate you will recieve a comprehensive support package, enabling you to achieve professional qualifications to match your ambitions.We are currently recruiting for the Graduate scheme. For more information, please visit the vacancies page , watch our video and meet the graduates. Where would you work?Swan has offices at: * Pilgrim House, Billericay * Zurich House, Billericay * Cygnet House, London * Basildon Foyer, Cranes Court, Basildon * SVT Building, Maldon * Wellington House, ColchesterWhat hours are workedThe Association operates a 36 hour working week for full time staff·Mondays to Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 5.15 p.m.·Friday 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.There is a one hours unpaid lunch break for all staff. Work Life BalanceThe Association is committed to helping employees achieve an acceptable work life balance and to this effect has recently introduced new ‘work life balance’ policies, including a flexible working hours scheme. SalariesSalaries are paid monthly on the 15th of each month by direct credit to your bank/building society account. Overtime is not paid, and a TOIL system operates where overtime is approved for evening meetings etc. Salaries are reviewed annually and group-wide cost of living increases, where applicable, are paid from the 1st April each year. PensionEmployees aged 18 years or over may elect to join the Associations final salary pension scheme – The Social Housing Pension Scheme – administered by the Pensions Trust. Employee contributions vary depending on age. The Association contributes 11.7% of salary at present. Employees who are members of the SHPS receive 3x annual salary life assurance. Life AssuranceAll employees are included in the Associations life assurance scheme which equates to 2 x salary This is in addition to the cover included in the SHPS see note above. ReferencesSuccessful candidates must provide details of two referees whom the Association may contact. These references must be satisfactory to the Association but it is essential that one is your current line manager and one previous employer. If you have been with your current employer for less than 12 months we will wish to contact all employers for the last 3 years. In addition, some posts require a police check, paid for by the Association. Health DeclarationSuccessful candidates are asked to complete a health declaration form once a formal job offer has been made. You may be asked to attend for a medical examination before being confirmed into post. Annual leaveThe annual leave year runs from 1st April to 31st March. Employees are entitled to a basic 25 days holiday per year with 3 extra days’ leave granted over the Christmas period (these days coincide with the Christmas closure period and cannot be taken at another time of the year). In addition, employees with 5 or more years service are eligible to receive 3 days additional annual leave entitlement. SicknessIf employees are absent through illness the Association operates an enhanced sick pay scheme and DSS certification arrangements will apply. Occupational Sick Pay is not paid to employees who are in their 6 month probationary service period. Maternity LeaveEligible employees are entitled to receive enhanced maternity leave benefits. HealthcareThe Association operates a private medical scheme through BUPA for all employees. There is a tax liability for the individual. Employee Assistance ProgrammeSwan has an Employee Assistance Programme for its staff members to use. There is no cost involved, and you have access to a free, confidential help line 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. TrainingThe Association is committed to training and developing all of its employees. Training needs are determined through individual review and organisational initiatives. Day release for professional training is available in approved cases and the pursuit of professional qualifications is actively encouraged.Use of carsStaff using their car on Association business may claim business mileage but must have insurance cover for business use. Staff Consultative CommitteeThe Association has a committee of elected staff representatives for formal consultation and representation. The committee also arranges various social events during the year for staff and their families.CommunicationSwan recognises the importance of continuous improvement in information systems and encourages the use of Internet and Intranet not only for staff but also for tenants through its Swan.Tenant.com initiatives.In addition, monthly ‘core briefs’ are conducted by members of the Executive team to up date all employees on current and future operations. Communication is considered to be a ‘two-way’ activity and employees are encouraged to participate.