Nottingham City Council is a great place to work with outstanding leadership and a talented, agile workforce. We want our staff to feel well supported with manageable workloads and the right culture, climate and tools to do their jobs successfully. 

At Nottingham City Council we are dedicated to our workforce, and we continue to evolve our career pathways to help our workforce progress. We also recognise that ambition levels are different from colleague to colleague and there is commitment to engage with you as part of your supervision and line management to understand where you see yourself in the future.  

We understand that social work is an incredibly competitive environment to work in, and we want you to choose, and stay with, Nottingham’s Childrens Services. We truly value our social workers, and to support you, we pledge to provide: 

  • Manageable Caseloads 
  • Quality reflective supervision 
  • Supportive Environment 
  • Continuous development opportunities and clear progression pathways
  • A focus on your resilience and wellbeing  
  • Competitive pay, benefits and reward package  

Check out our Award Winning Employee Perks & Benefits  

Our social worker career development pathway has been designed for timely progression, with high support from management and your peers. Take a look at our progression structure below…  

L1 Social Worker
(ASYE)

L2 Social Worker
(ASYE)

Level 3
Social
Worker

Experienced Social
Worker

Senior Practitioner

Team and Service Managers

Position   What does progression look like?   Salary 22/23

L1 Social Worker   

(ASYE Programme)  


You’ll start your ASYE and after 6 months, you’ll be progressed to the Level 2  

£28,371 

 

L2 Social Worker  

(ASYE Programme)  

 

On completion of your ASYE, you’ll be progressed to a L3 Social Worker.  

This usually takes 6 months 

 

£32,020 

That’s a £3,649 pay rise in 6-months (from L1) 

L3 Social Worker  

Gaining experience after your ASYE completion, you’ll progress to an experienced social worker after 18 months 

£36,298 (1-12 months)  

£38,296 (12-18 months) 

That’s a £6,276 pay rise in 18-months (from L2)  

 

Experienced Social Worker 

 

Our most senior social worker post (full case load). 

Depending on where you see yourself in the future, you could choose to stay here OR progress onto our management and leadership roles  

 

£41,496 (1-12 months)  

£43,516 (12 months +)  

PLUS a £3k Welcome and Retention payment*  

That’s a £7,218 pay rise in 12 months (from entry pay at L3)  

 

That’s a £18,145 total pay increase from NQSW to Experienced Social Worker in as little as three-and-a-half years
Senior Practitioner  

The first layer of our management/leadership roles, depending on where you see yourself in the future, you could choose to stay here or continue up the management structure… 

£42,496 (1-12 months)  

£45,516 (12 months +)  

Inclusive of a Market Supplement  

PLUS a £3k Welcome and Retention payment*  

 

Team Manager  

An experienced social worker and manager rolled into one, depending on where you see yourself in the future, you could choose to stay here or continue up the management structure… 

£47,549 (1-12 months) £50,587 (12 months +) 

Inclusive of a Market Supplement  

PLUS a £3k Welcome and Retention payment*  

 

Service Manager 

It’s now your service to shape and lead. Depending on where you see yourself in the future, you could choose to stay here or continue up the management structure to Head of Service  

£51,627 (1-12 months) 

£53,658 (12 months +) 

PLUS a £3k Welcome and Retention payment*  

 

*The welcome and retention payment is a lump sum payable to those social workers with 2-years experience as a qualified social worker with Nottingham City Council or another organisation  

The inclusive market supplement for senior prac/team managers is a monthly amount spread over the year. It’s an additional £1k in year one increasing to an additional £2k in year two and beyond (subject to market factors and a renewed business case).  

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