Waste service strike

A number of Tower Hamlets Council frontline waste service workers and street cleansers will be going on strike from 18 September to 1 October due to a national pay dispute.  

Despite the council working to maintain services for residents, the strike will impact collections and cleansing across the borough. We apologise in advance for the disruption this will cause. 

Residents can take their waste to the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley Street, which is operating as normal.

Find out more about the strike.

Your development

Training opportunities

We take staff development and progression seriously

We believe that our strongest organisational asset is the calibre and commitment of our staff. We recognise that for staff to feel confident, knowledgeable and empowered to do their jobs effectively we need to invest in them, through learning and development.

As a result we encourage a strong learning culture at Tower Hamlets where staff development is firmly embedded in supervision, and via an extensive training programme.

We also offer structured career pathways to help you to take your career to the next level.

Please see our current social worker progression table

Social worker progression table
Year of employment Social work level Salary grade Salary scales 

Start Year 1 (Sept)



31 (£37,491)

Year 1 annual increment (April)*



32 (£38,442)

End of Year 1(ASYE Increment)

ASYE completed 

33 (£39,462)

Year 2 annual increment (April)

Social worker 


34 (£40,632)

Completion of ASYE enables the bar at 34 to be lifted


Year 3 (April)

Social worker

35 (£41,607)

Year 4 (April)

Experienced social worker


36 (£42,609)


Year 5 (April)

Experienced social worker


37 (£43,599)

PQ increment**

PQ consolidation


38 (£44,598)

Complete of PQ consolidation module enables the bar at 38 to be lifted


Post consolidation 


39-42 (£45,594-£48,576)

A.P Progression Bar 3


By application

Advanced Practitioner 

43-46 (£49,581-£52,569)