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ABOUT US

"Now is a period of positive change for the council. It's exciting to see what we'll look like in the future."

Hemali Thakar, Assistant Human Resource Advisor

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ABOUT US

"Now is a period of positive change for the council. It's exciting to see what we'll look like in the future."

Hemali Thakar, Assistant Human Resource Advisor

Welcome to Leicester City Council

At Leicester City Council, we’re more than 12,500 people, all working together to serve the people, communities and businesses of the biggest city in the East Midlands. We have a directly elected mayor and 54 councillors, representing 21 wards. As a unitary authority, we take decisions that affect thousands of lives every day. From social services and schools, to housing and roads, to setting council tax and providing leisure facilities.

Join us and you’ll play a role in improving the lives of the 348,000 people who call Leicester home.

residents
348,300

residents

languages spoken in the city
70

languages spoken in the city

central council employees
6,105

central council employees

school employees
6,438

school employees

councillors
54

councillors

directly elected mayor
1

directly elected mayor

apprenticeships established
140

apprenticeships established

Rugby Premiership trophies
10

Rugby Premiership trophies

European Rugby cups
2

European Rugby cups

Premier League title
1

Premier League title

A brief history of the city

1100s

Leicester’s political and administrative development begins

1300s

Leicester Town Council grows, using the Medieval Guildhall as the Town Hall for the next 400 years

1545

Leicester’s first grammar school opens

1870s

Leicester born architect Frances J. Hames wins a competition held to design a new Town Hall

1876

The new Town Hall opens. Home to Council Offices and Council Chamber, The Law Courts, Sanitary Department, School Board and 30 lamplighters

1876

The Borough Police move into the basement of the Town Hall, complete with 13 cells

1882

Victoria Park and Abbey Park open

1914

Leicester's first council houses are built

1919

Leicester regains its city status

1957

University of Leicester is established

1992

Leicester Polytechnic becomes Simon De Montfort University

1997

Leicester becomes a unitary authority

2011

Leicester becomes one of only 12 UK cities to have a directly elected Mayor

2012

The bones of King Richard III are found in a Leicester car park

2016

Leicester City win the Premier League with odds of 5,000/1

What we offer

As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between your work life and your private life.

You’ll enjoy generous annual leave, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains and help with relocation to Leicester, where appropriate.

A thriving city

Leicester is a city connected, not just to its 2,000-year history, but to a thriving present and bright future. In fact, the 2018 Good Growth for Cities index on urban economic wellbeing, places Leicester as the 10th highest ranking and one of the most improved cities out of the full list of 42 cities. The rankings factor in essentials from quality transport and secure jobs, to affordable housing and providing for the future through the potential to be in employment and earn a living.

As the 2nd fastest-growing city by population in the UK and residents hailing from over 50 countries we are truly an ethnically and culturally diverse city connected to the world and all the more exciting for it. Leicester is a vibrant and welcoming place with a rich mix of culture, heritage, sport, dining, and shopping sure to satisfy any interest. The city is surrounded by beautiful Leicestershire countryside and placed firmly in the centre of the country with convenient road, rail and air links to easily access locations regionally, nationally and internationally - East Midlands Airport is less than 40 minutes from the city centre and the fast train to London gets you to St Pancras International in just over an hour. All this combines to make Leicester an attractive proposition to work, live, visit, and study.

Leicester Cathedral

1/6

Town Hall

2/6

Abbey Park, Leicester

3/6

King Power Stadium

4/6

River Soar, Leicester

5/6

Leicester Guildhall

6/6

Glassdoor
stars

"The people who work here are in it for the right reasons. They share the same values as the council"

"The council is good for employees with a disability, with good terms of employment – especially for part-time work."

Indeed
stars

"The most enjoyable part of the day is being able to assist the children to achieve their potential."

"The environment is very calm and casual and managers and team members are very nice and engaging."

"The council are always there for their colleagues. No problem is too big or too small."