Working for us

Page updated on: 14/06/2022

Carmarthenshire is one of the largest unitary authorities in Wales, and the largest local employer with around 8,300 staff. The County Council has an annual budget of over £586million, and provides hundreds of services to over 180,000 residents. A capital investment programme also sustains many hundreds of local jobs and businesses.

Our priorities continue to be regeneration; investing in schools through our Modernising Education Programme; and improvements to council houses through the Carmarthenshire Homes Standard initiative.

Responsibility for policy making lies with 74 elected members. Carmarthenshire operates a Leader and Executive Board model with the Administration formed through an alliance between the Plaid party and the Independents group. The Executive Board, which comprises of 10 councillors, including the Leader and two Deputy Leaders, all with specific portfolios, develop and implement Council policy.

Most councillors [apart from Executive Board members] sit on one of the five scrutiny committees. Other committees include planning, licensing, standards and audit.  There are five directorates – Chief Executive’s; Education and Children’s Services; Environment; Communities and Resources.

Carmarthenshire is a bilingual county, and in the 2011 census some 46% of the population were recorded as speaking the language. There are more Welsh speakers in Carmarthenshire than in any other county in Wales and the language is an important aspect of the history and culture of the county.

The Council is a caring employer and has achieved the Investors in People standard. We are committed to learning and development to support employees to develop their skills, and offer a range of benefits and working arrangements to help people achieve work/life balance. We recognise and encourage initiative, excellent work and standards, we are committed to communicating and listening to staff, and to promoting equality and valuing diversity.

The County Council is also part of the Public Services Board with other partners working together to improve the well-being of our county. Our public service partners are Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales, Dyfed Powys Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Coleg Sir Gâr, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Department for Work and Pensions, National Probation Service, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company and Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services.