Working and living in York

York is a city with world-renowned heritage, a vibrant culture combined with a strong economy, and a past shaped by pioneering social reform and care. It’s a city that is widely recognised as one of the safest and best cities to live in in the UK.

Communities are at the heart of York’s unique character and it’s our precious and ambitious workforce that makes City of York Council. We’re aspirational for our children, families and communities; relentless in our determination that all children and young people in York get ‘a better start in life’.

Look beyond the York that visitors see, and you’ll find some of the most in-need communities in the country. We know we have some real challenges here, together with opportunities to make a real difference.

We know that when you make a difference in one child’s life, you make a difference for generations to come. That’s why what we do every day really matters.

We have a real commitment to continual professional development in our teams and have invested in business support to enable our social workers to get on with their core work. With manageable caseloads, great supervision and small social work teams with a strong team ethic, we believe City of York Council is a great place to work.

We’d love to hear from passionate, skilled, qualified social workers who are driven to make the difference to families, to our team and for themselves.

Relocation support

If you are considering relocating to York we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package. This features up to £7,700 to cover reasonable costs incurred in relocating to York and Temporary Rent Allowance.

For more information about these benefits and jobs contact our HR team at

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For international candidates, registration with Social Work England is essential. Further information can be found on the SWE website.