We've noticed you are using Internet Explorer. This is an outdated Web Browser and is not fully supported by this website. Consider switching to a moden Web Browser like Google Chrome.

Hertsmere Borough Council

Working with you, for you, improving our communities, our places.


Dear Candidate

Welcome and thank you for your interest in developing your career here at Hertsmere Borough Council. We hope you find all the information you need within this site about the Council and the benefits that we offer.

Hertsmere is a stunning place, with 80% of the area being green belt. Our population is growing with a consequent demand for increased housing, improvements to infrastructure such as health, education and transport. The council is responding to these demands by trying to maintain the balance of Hertsmere as a green and pleasant place to live while planning for the future.

The council’s mantra is to work in partnership with key stakeholders such as the Police, Health and other councils to maintain and improve the quality of services provided and take strategic planning forward. In addition, we’ve established a local development arms-length company to take forward the development of council owned land, buildings and acquisitions as appropriate. The council also owns Elstree Film Studios and sees the TV and film production industry as central to Hertsmere’s character and economic development.

If you believe you have the necessary skills to contribute to the Council’s vision, then I would most definitely encourage you to apply.

About Hertsmere

Hertsmere is just 12 miles north of central London, in the southwest of Hertfordshire. Its proximity to London and excellent transport links generate inward investment and a mobile population, close to urban infrastructure with easy access to the capital.

Covering 39 square miles, our main settlements – Bushey, Potters Bar, Radlett, Elstree and Borehamwood – are interspersed with a scattering of villages and hamlets: Shenley, South Mimms, Ridge, Aldenham and Letchmore Heath. We have a population of 100,000 and the borough is 80% green belt.

The borough has ambitions for growth, through new housing and employment opportunities and a key part of this is the council’s vision of being an enterprising council. We work to develop relationships with public, private and commercial enterprises to draw investment into the area and maximise the economic opportunities for residents, visitors and businesses. We also explore innovative ways to deliver services, particularly through collaborative working.

We have already launched a number of initiatives which will contribute to the future ambitions of this council. These include the development of a commercial agenda, delivering a Housing Zone, a new trading arm for development and continuing a cross-council digital agenda.

To read more about our vision for the future, click:-

Our Corporate Plan

Hertsmere’s 2020 vision

This articulates the council’s high level vision, values and priorities in a simple one page document which represents the key challenges we face over the next period and how we intend to respond to them whilst also maintaining focus on key service delivery.

Hertsmere’s 2020 Vision

Careers at Hertsmere

Hertsmere is a small authority of approximately 300 staff but with a wide range of services we are able to offer job opportunities and careers in many different fields. We are looking for talented people of all ages and backgrounds to join our diverse workforce.

Hertsmere does much more than empty bins and collect council tax. It is our responsibility to help and protect people, shaping and maintaining the environment and supporting local businesses. Many of our roles will enable you to help others and make a difference to their lives or the environment in which local people live.

The majority of our job opportunities are in our larger service areas which include Planning, Environmental Health, Housing, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Collection, Parking Services and Waste and Recycling. We also have opportunities in our support services including Finance, IT and Customer Services.

Some of our jobs require qualifications and experience but we also have many roles which just need able people with transferable skills. We also like to ‘grow our own’ by offering apprenticeships and career grade schemes.

About Us

Hertsmere is located in southern Hertfordshire – we are 12 miles from Central London, in Zone 6 and within the M25 with excellent road and rail links making London and the Home Counties easily accessible.  The full address is Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA.

We are a financially stable, forward thinking and commercially minded council with a bright future. We are well positioned to secure growth and prosperity for local people and to make an important contribution to the region and greater London economy. We undertake a breadth of interesting and challenging work, more and more of which is having a regional influence.

Working for Hertsmere you will also find we offer an excellent range of benefits, including up to 31 days annual leave, flexible working hours, family friendly policies and a firm commitment to your career development.


As an employee at Hertsmere, you will be eligible for a range of generous benefits.

You can find some of these below, but to see our full list of benefits click here.

Basic contractual working hours of 36 per week
Membership of the local government pension scheme
Interest-free season ticket loan
Leisure card
Flexible working hours with one day flexi per month
26-31 days annual leave, depending on local government service.
Free car parking