Highways are important in Somerset. We’re a rural county with the tenth largest road network in the country. As the highways authority, we look after 6,600km of road, 2,000 bridges, 900km of ditches, 120,000 gullies and 52,000 street lights.

This network is growing too, with 9km of new highway every year, 9,500 planning applications every year and 700+ live development sites at any one time.

We build, we maintain, we invest, we improve, we deliver.

We listen to our communities and deliver solutions to their local issues through our dynamic Small Improvement Schemes programme. These cover everything from speed reviews and new pedestrian crossings to traffic calming and cycle paths.

And we deliver major infrastructure improvements too, from new roads and bridges to complex junction redesigns and groundbreaking drainage schemes. In 2015, our innovative work to raise a road at Muchelney by up to 1.3m to protect against flooding was highly commended at the National Transport Awards and a winner at the MJ Achievement Awards.



Rewards and Benefits


Competitive Salary

Somerset County Council provides competitive industry salaries and a clear progression route for furthering your career.

Extra Holidays

A range of additional benefits including the chance to buy extra holidays. My Somerset, My Savings, My Staff Shop.

Childcare Vouchers

Somerset operates a childcare voucher scheme as a salary sacrifice which allows you to save on the tax of the cost of childcare.

Cycle Saver

The Cycle to Work Scheme helps employees to buy bicycles and equipment for commuting. (including VAT).

Pension Scheme

A secure pension as part of the Local Government Pension Scheme that keeps pace with any cost of living.

Flexible Working

The flexi time scheme offers the flexibility to manage your work and home commitments in a way to suit your lifestyle.

Discount Gyms

As an employee of Somerset County Council you will be entitled to discounted gym membership at a range of gyms across the county.

Life Balance

Being a County Council employee offers a good work life balance living in a county with beautiful scenery and many historic sites.



Inside opinions

“We have a lot of small key projects that people can follow through from start to finish, see them on the ground and feel they have achieved a lot of things over a variety of Somerset towns and villages.”

Nick Cowling

Service Manager
Transporting Programmes and Road Safety

“I think it’s fair to say that Somerset is going through an unprecedented period of growth, we’ve got major housing projects going on in all of our key towns and a nuclear power station being built on our doorstep!”

Phil Lowndes

Strategic Manager
Traffic Transport and Development

“People think when you get down here it’s quiet and it’s all rural villages but it isn’t! It’s got the town centres, you’ve got the nightlife but you’ve got the small community and village feel.”

Sam Evers

Principal Highways Improvement Programmer
Traffic Transport and Development