Working for Your Homes Newcastle
YHN is committed to being an Equal Opportunities employer and
promotes Equality and Diversity
What is Your Homes Newcastle?
We are an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO), set up to
manage and improve Newcastle City Council’s homes.
Your Homes Newcastle:
- came into being on 1 April 2004
- is a not-for-profit organisation 100 percent owned by Newcastle
- manages over 29,000 homes
- employs over 800 staff.
Why were we set up?
Newcastle City Council looked at the different ways it could
raise extra money to improve council homes. It decided that the
best way to ensure additional income was to set up an ALMO – Your
Homes Newcastle, which is independent and run by its own Board.
We were successful in bidding to the Government for additional
funding to improve council homes. This was conditional on achieving
at least a “good” rating which we did when the Government inspected
us at the end of 2004. This extra money was a huge incentive to
improve the services we deliver to customers.
In April 2008 we were inspected again by the Audit Commission.
We achieved a three star rating and were recognised as an
“excellent three star service which has excellent prospects for
improvement.” This ensured that we were in a stronger position to
expand our services and become much more than a housing
Why work for YHN?
We are committed to making YHN a great place to work, so as well
as competitive salaries we offer a range of benefits to all of our
Work life balance
We are committed to introducing policies that will enable employees
to achieve a balance between work and caring or family
responsibilities; benefiting both us and you!
We have a final salary pension scheme which you can join as soon as
you start with us. The contribution figures change each year, but
generally you will contribute a third of the scheme’s cost, and we
will contribute the rest.
We offer very generous leave entitlement that takes account of
previous service at YHN or continuous service from certain other
employers, leading to a maximum of 28 days leave per year.
Our flexi system aims to allow flexible working. With no core
times, you can work at any time during office opening hours
(typically 07.00 until 19.00, subject to business needs). Once you
have worked your contracted weekly hours, any additional time
worked can be taken as ‘flexi’ time.
Where possible flexi time can be used to take a little extra time
off work, or to enable you to start a little later or finish
earlier. You can also use your time to take up to 2 days flexi
leave in any 4 week period.
We have an in-house training team dedicated to developing
programmes that will help you both personally and professionally.
When you join us, you will take part in an induction programme and
will also be enrolled in various training programmes that we run
throughout the year.
We offer you a range of opportunities to learn and develop
including our Mentoring Scheme. We have a number of work-based
‘mentors’ who can share the benefits of their experience and
knowledge by giving you guidance on your personal and career
When joining YHN, if you qualify for continuous service, any time
you spent with a local authority organisation or any other
organisation which recognises continuous service will be added to
your time in employment with us.
Staff Network Groups
Our Staff Network Groups ensure staff can discuss any issues which
may affect them in a safe and welcoming environment and
ensure equality issues are embedded and included within YHN’s
policies and procedures. We currently have four groups:
- LGBT Staff Network Group
- Multicultural Staff Network Group
- Disabled Staff Network Group
- YHN Allies Group