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A secondment is when an employee is temporarily moved or ‘loaned’ to another part of the council (or to/from an external organisation) for the benefit of the employee and organisation. 

The benefits include supporting employees’ development, succession planning, and ‘one council’ working, and sharing skills and expertise across the workforce to make the best use of our existing resources. 

Managers are encouraged to release employees for secondments. They should be mutually agreed in advance between the employee’s substantive manager and secondment manager. The employee’s substantive job remains available for them to return to at the end of the secondment. 

The secondment policy attached supports managers in adopting a consistent, fair and effective process when considering and managing secondments. 

A secondment agreement is not a fixed term contract.  Guidance on using fixed term contracts is also available on our Derbyshire.