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Rewards and benefits

Rewards and benefits

We offer a competitive and varied rewards package covering your wellbeing, your lifestyle, your working life and your future. We want to make sure what we offer helps you flexibly fit your work around your life, not the other way around.

Your wellbeing

Holidays

You’ll have 43 days paid holiday (including public holidays) each year.

Buy additional annual leave

If you need extra time off, you can apply to buy up to 6 weeks additional annual leave to use on top of your normal holiday entitlement. We’ll spread the cost of this over the year through salary sacrifice.

Flexible working

It’s not all about work – we want to help you balance your work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements. We offer flexible working patterns, for example, reduced hours and term-time working.

Flexi time

You can vary your start and finish times at work using our flexi time scheme.

Healthcare cash plan

Look after yourself with our free healthcare cash plan. This plan offers benefits including money back towards everyday healthcare expenses, for example: optical care, dental care and physiotherapy. And you can choose to buy extra cover. We also offer discounted cover or health insurance from self-funded healthcare plans.

Employee assistance programme

Your wellbeing is important to us, and we want you to have the support you need if you’re going through a difficult time. The help is there whenever you need it - you’ll have access to free confidential counselling and information services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service also offers online resources on health and wellbeing topics.

Enhanced sick pay

We offer enhanced occupational sick pay. The levels of enhanced sick pay will depend on your length of service and include periods of full and half pay.

Time off for dependants

Don’t worry if something urgent crops up at home. Time off for dependents allows you to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with unexpected emergencies and to give you time to make longer term arrangements. We normally offer paid leave to cover such emergencies.

Special leave

You can apply for special leave if you need to be away from work for a reason not covered by our other leave arrangements. For example, we have paid special leave for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, and bereavement.

Your lifestyle

Family life

Maternity pay

We’ll give you enhanced maternity pay of 26 weeks full pay. You’ll receive statutory maternity pay after your full pay period.

Adoption pay

We’ll give you enhanced adoption pay of 26 weeks full pay if you are matched with a child. You’ll receive statutory adoption pay after your full pay period.

Shared parental leave

We’ll give you enhanced shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay.

Paternity pay

We’ll give you 2 weeks paid leave to be with your partner or civil partner and your new baby.

Giving something back

Volunteering

Support your favourite charity or join in some community activities using our volunteering policy. We’ll give you up to 21 hours paid volunteering time each year to take part in voluntary community activities.

Staff charity fund

Make a difference by joining our staff charity fund, which is funded through colleagues’ contributions. You can donate directly from your salary for as little as £1 per week and request support for community projects, charities and other good causes close to your heart.

Give as you earn

Through give as you earn you can donate to a charity directly from your salary.

Making your money go further

Employee discounts and offers

U-Benefit, our employee discount site, gives you access to discounts and cashback offers. You can shop online or buy retail vouchers and reloadable cards from a wide range of retailers. We also have special discount deals including mobile phones, gym membership, legal fees.

Savings

We work in partnership with some credit unions and you can save directly from your salary and receive a dividend each year.

Cycle2work scheme

Get healthy and save money at the same time by hiring a new bike through our salary sacrifice cycle2work scheme. You can get a new bike and safety equipment, free of tax and national insurance, if you’re going to use the bike for commuting to work.

Your working life

Personal growth

We have flexible learning opportunities to support your development throughout your career including:

  • Over 50 classroom-based courses
  • More than 60 online courses
  • Job shadowing
  • Mentoring and coaching skills programmes
  • Internal continuous professional development and accredited learning programmes
  • Assignments
  • Further and higher education funding

Travel loans

We’ll help you spread the cost of your travel to work with our interest free loans for public transport season tickets. We pay for the ticket in advance, then deduct loan repayments from your salary in thirteen equal instalments.

Professional fees

We’ll pay for one professional fee each year if you need professional body membership for your role.

Recognition

We like to celebrate our successes. If you go above and beyond what we’d expect of you, we’ll make sure to say thanks. We offer small spot on awards in vouchers or recognition payments.

Your future

Pension

Keep an eye on your future after work with our defined benefit pension scheme, probably the most valuable part of our benefits package. As well as a pension and tax free lump sum, our pension scheme has other benefits.

  • You are covered under the SE life assurance scheme (death in service benefit)
  • Cohabiting partners receive the same pension benefits as married spouses or civil partners
  • You can make additional voluntary contributions to enhance your pension, which also come with tax advantages
  • Depending on your medical condition, there are ill-health retirement options

Our partial retirement scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a gradual transition from employment to retirement. This means you receive a portion of your retirement benefits while continuing to work for us on reduced hours.

Disability confident employer

Disability confident employer

Investor in people

Investor in people

Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion

Stonewall Scotland diversity champion

Working families employer member 2018/2019

Working families employer

We're supporting age positive

Age Positive supporter

Carer positive employer in Scotland

Carer Positive employer in Scotland