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Benefits of working in the borough of Rochdale

A great place to work

Number One Riverside exterior.

  • Flexible work arrangements to give you a good work life balance.
  • Fair and competitive salaries.
  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Generous leave.
  • Local government pension scheme.
  • Subsidised gym membership.
  • Secondment opportunities.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - a staff benefit designed to help you deal with any personal or professional problems which could be impacting your wellbeing.
  • And many other benefits which local government employees may be entitled to - check individual vacancies for further information.
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Join a winning team

Ace Staff Awards.

  • An innovative organisation, we won the national MJ Achievement Award for Digital Transformation in 2018. This reflects the work we've done delivering our services online. For 2017-2018, our website was within the top performing 10% of council websites in the UK.
  • Since 2017, our pioneering work in children's social care is nationally recognised with a bespoke continuous personal development programme not seen anywhere else.
  • We're also leading the way in social work with our innovative ACT (Achieving Change Together) programme.
  • We work closely with a wide range of partners for the benefit of the borough and its residents, including One Rochdale (health), the Northern Care Alliance, Pennine Care, the Police, Fire and Ambulance service.

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Stunning scenery

We're one of the greenest boroughs in Greater Manchester. 10 of our parks and gardens were given the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2018, meaning they're 10 of the very best parks in the UK. View parks and gardens in the borough

In 2019, Rochdale Town Hall and Hollingworth Lake were awarded certificates of excellence from TripAdvisor.

Wardle Reservoir.

Rich history and exciting future

The borough has a population of just over 211,000 people living in an area spanning 62 sq miles. Our population is one if the youngest in Greater Manchester and is becoming increasingly diverse with an estimated 87% from white ethnic groups and 11% of Pakistani, Kashmiri or Bangladeshi origin.

Rochdale was an important engine house of the industrial revolution and where the worldwide Co-operative movement began.

Fast connection to Manchester city centre

Rochdale has a fast link to central Manchester with direct trains from Rochdale taking less than 20 minutes.

We also have a Metrolink tram line that connects us to Oldham and Manchester. The Rochdale town centre tram stop sits alongside the state-of-the-art transport interchange where buses connect our residents to neighbouring areas.

We're within easy commuting distance of many places across the UK too, via the M60, M62 and M66.

Lots of things to do

As well as close proximity to Manchester and its attractions, the borough boasts a host of entertainment venues including Middleton Arena and Gracie Fields Theatre.

Rochdale also delivers a range of annual festivals throughout the year, so you'll never run out of things to do. From food festivals to music and markets, you're sure to find a variety of activities to get stuck into in.

Rochdale Riverside.

New major developments

Increasing numbers of businesses are choosing to locate in the borough and huge numbers of stylish new homes have been built to accommodate the people who are moving here with more under construction.

Our new Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail complex is now open with a 6-screen cinema, quality restaurants and big name stores like Marks & Spencer, H&M and Next. It sits alongside a modern transport system and state-of-the-art offices.

World class architecture

Exterior of Rochdale Town Hall.

Rochdale's magnificent grade I listed Victorian gothic town hall is renowned worldwide for its unique architecture.

As one of the finest buildings of its kind, Rochdale Town Hall, designed by William Henry Crossland, and its landscaped gardens are a popular location for television filming, weddings, conferences, meetings and corporate events.

Outside, a statue to mark Rochdale's singing heroine Dame Gracie Fields stands proud along with a Gracie blue plaque heritage trail.

The blue plaque sits in honour of the performer who rose from humble roots to become the highest paid actress in the world. 

Award-winning offices and workplace

Number One Riverside interior.

The multi award-winning, modern and stylish council offices and library building, Number One Riverside, has been named the Best Corporate Workplace in the UK.

With a focus on people, passion and pride, you'll be working in a dynamic and flexible environment. We'll give you the opportunities to develop your career and make a positive difference to people's lives.

We signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012. We've since been nationally recognised by the Ministry of Defence, Royal British Legion and others for introducing pioneering changes to support armed forces personnel and their families back into civilian life.

Our ambitious plans for the borough

Crowd at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

Like other authorities and publicly funded organisations, we're dealing with significant challenges and having to make substantial savings.

Despite these pressures, we're making good progress on our programme of change and redefining Rochdale with ambitious people-centred regeneration.

Kingsway Business Park is one of the most active regeneration projects in the UK. Major deals have resulted in millions of square feet of business property being taken up across the borough.

Well located

Located between Manchester and the beautiful moorland of the southern Pennines, Rochdale borough offers the best of urban and rural life.


Highly rated training and education

Students running at Hopwood Hall College.

  • Rochdale Sixth Form College is rated outstanding and in January 2019 was the number one sixth form in the country for the 5th year running.
  • Hopwood Hall College is one of the best performing colleges in Greater Manchester in 2019.
  • 13 schools were re-built or refurbished as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme. 85% of the secondary schools in the area are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.
  • Employment prospects are looking good too. In 2019, numbers of young people aged 16-18 not in education, employment or training at an all-time low. 
  • The borough is seeing the highest increase in apprenticeships in Greater Manchester in 2019.  
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Watch a video about working in Rochdale

​Rochdale offers the best of urban and rural life. This video highlights some of the benefits of working in the borough.

Watch our 'Work in Rochdale' video on YouTube (1min 12secs)

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We're looking for dedicated and passionate people.

People who are determined to make a real positive change to the borough of Rochdale.

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