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Benefits

Pension
We offer a 10% non-contributory stakeholder pension scheme. We also offer a Pension Booster salary sacrifice scheme available to staff to make their own contributions to their pension.

Annual leave
Our people receive 30 days annual leave (pro rata) in addition to the statutory bank holidays.

Parents
We offer 20 weeks leave at full basic pay to those who are taking maternity, shared parental or adoption leave. We also offer three weeks of paternity leave at full basic pay.

To be eligible, you must have been employed for at least 26 weeks continuously by the ‘qualifying week’ – if you are adopting that means the week in which you are notified you have been matched with a child for adoption, and in the case of childbirth it’s the 15th week before the week in which your child is expected to be born.

There is no obligation to repay if you decide not to return to work or you return to work on amended hours following the birth or adoption of your child.

You can also request up to 18 weeks of unpaid parental leave to spend time with your child (up until their 18th birthday). Up to four weeks of parental leave can be taken in any given year. Your total entitlement will depend on any weeks of parental leave you may have already taken with your previous employers.

Please view our becoming a parent guide (PDF) for more details.

Healthcare Cash Plan
This offers a type of insurance that lets you claim back the cost of some routine treatments that you can predict being necessary, e.g. dental care and optician costs.

Interest free season ticket loans or bicycle loans
Permanent staff can apply for an interest-free annual season ticket loan (excluding Oyster bus passes) or an interest-free bike loan to allow the purchase of a bike for cycling to work.

Permanent health insurance
PHI will pay up to 75% of your normal salary in the unfortunate event that you face a period of long-term sickness or disability meaning you are unable to work.

Life assurance
Lump sum life assurance at four times your annual salary for all salaried staff under the age of 65.

Eye care vouchers
Vouchers cover a full eye examination and eyesight test by a qualified optometrist and we will further support you with the cost of glasses if you require them for work.

Employee Assistance Programme
Care First operate a 24 hour online and telephone counselling service. They can also arrange face to face counselling sessions where required.

Mortgage scheme
Permanent staff who are first time buyers are eligible for a mortgage subsidy of £250 per annum subject to PAYE deductions.

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