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About Sandwell Council

Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the Black Country, which is made up of six towns - Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.

Located in the West Midlands, Sandwell borders Birmingham city, Dudley borough, Walsall borough and Wolverhampton city.

The borough has excellent access to the national motorway network with five junctions feeding in to the M5 and M6 motorways serving the South West, South East and North West regions of the UK.

Sandwell also benefits from a mainline train station - Sandwell and Dudley and the Midland Metro.

The borough has 1,200 hectares of parks, playing fields and local green space, and over 30 miles of canals.

Sandwell has a population of 309,000. In line with national trends, our population in the borough is growing with all age groups projected to increase in numbers over the next two years. By 2020 however, the group with the greatest increase is the age 85+ population which is estimated to increase by 17%.

Sandwell is a Mayoral Authority, the Mayor is the first citizen of Sandwell and attends various events all over the borough. The Mayor of Sandwell is Councillor Julie Webb. The Mayor's Consort is Nicola Webb.

Working for Sandwell Council

Sandwell is a large, multicultural metropolitan borough situated in the heart of the Black Country, to the west of Birmingham, within the West Midlands conurbation and with a population of over 308,000.

The council is the largest employer in the borough with approximately 10,600 employees in a variety of occupations providing a comprehensive range of services.

As a progressive, forward thinking organisation, Sandwell Council has undergone a comprehensive restructuring programme designed to raise performance across several key areas.

Our commitment to giving high quality services focussing on continual improvements means that we need to employ talented and committed people.

return we offer:

  • a variety of career options
  • a flexible working scheme
  • generous annual leave dependent upon grade
  • working in a location full of history and culture
  • working for an organisation with Investors in People statusĀ 

Work life balance

Information on helping Sandwell employees achieve a work life balance.

The world of work is changing: new technology, new opportunities, new global pressures, more women working, fewer young people and more older people. The Council must ensure that the way we work today reflects the present and the future, not the past. That is what we seek to address in our policies on work-life balance. It is about developing working practices that benefit both the Council and its employees.

Successful organisations depend on good people. They recognise that the ability and skills of the people who work for them are their most valuable resource.

At the same time, everyone has a life outside of work. We may have children or other caring responsibilities, or want to pursue other interests. Findings ways to link individual employees needs to service delivery needs makes sense to both.

Work-life balance is about identifying a more imaginative approach to working practices, which will benefit the Council and benefit the workforce.

The demands of the economy are changing rapidly and people's needs are changing accordingly. Customers increasingly expect, for example, to be able to access services outside traditional working hours. Working patterns are changing to meet this demand.

Our Improvement Plan

Sandwell is currently on an improvement journey and we are working with our Commissioner and Ofsted to put in place the necessary steps to improve the quality of our services and ensure better outcomes for children and families within Sandwell.

Our Improvement Plan 2016/17 is a continuation of our journey and is based upon five key themes:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Effective Governance
  • Partnership Working
  • Quality of Practice
  • Workforce Development