"We’re absolutely committed to ensuring that our rewards and benefits give our employees what they really want, and that we create a learning culture that supports everyone to be the best they can be."
Learning and development
Our people are at their best when they’re challenged, confident, constantly learning and feel valued and supported. We know our colleagues are already talented, but we want to make sure they've got the support to continue growing and developing. We believe that responsibility for learning and development is best shared between an organisation and its employees, so we empower our people to take ownership of their own development, with support from managers and the organisation.
Whether you want to take the next step in your career or be the absolute best at what you're doing right now – if you know what you want, we'll help you get it.
Rewards and benefits
Pay and pensions
Bonus – We reward our staff with a discretionary bonus, based upon the commercial success and effective financial management of the organisation.
Retail discounts – To help stretch your money further, we’ve negotiated discounts and offers at hundreds of retailers.
Pension scheme – We know it's important to plan for your future, so we offer staff membership of a defined contribution pension scheme with the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS). The minimum employee contribution rate is currently 1%. The Federation's contribution rate is 2% higher than the employee, up to a maximum contribution from us of 8%.
Health and wellbeing
Personal health insurance – We’ll pay for a personal medical plan for all employees. Our AXA plan provides cover including diagnostic tests, surgery and complementary therapies. In addition, you can opt to pay for further cover for longer-term conditions or to include family members.
Occupational sick pay – All staff are eligible for occupational sick pay, with up to one-month's sick pay in your first year of service, up to a maximum of six-months’ pay after five years’ service. If you work part time this will be prorated.
Reduced price gym membership – We've secured great membership rates at a range of gyms and health clubs wherever you work for the Federation.
We know it can be expensive to live and travel in the areas where we work. Our travel-related loans can help, with interest-free season ticket loans and a cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme covering the cost of a bike and accessories.
We also offer a loan scheme to help you with a deposit when renting a property.
Holidays – Everyone gets 27 days off each year, plus bank holidays and 3 extra days off allocated by the business. If you work part time this will be prorated.
Flexible working – We're committed to helping our staff balance their work and home life and will consider a range of flexible working arrangements to support this.
In addition, most of our staff can work flexibly through our flexi-time scheme, where they can enjoy extra time off if they work more than their standard working hours.
Sabbaticals – Once you've worked here for five years you can apply for an unpaid career break, to travel, study or just recharge your batteries.
Volunteering – The opportunity to give back is important to our staff. So we match volunteering leave up to five days a year, (prorated for part-time staff). We also encourage teams to volunteer as part of team-building events and away days.
A family-friendly workplace
We know it's important that our colleagues can balance childcare responsibilities with their career.
Maternity, adoption and paternity leave – We offer enhanced maternity and paternity leave and pay packages for staff, who have been with us for the qualifying period.
Parental leave – if you have children under 5 we offer 18 weeks (4 weeks per year) of unpaid leave per child. Parents of a child aged up to 18 years with a disability can also take 18 weeks' parental leave.
Childcare vouchers – if you use childcare, like a nursery or after school club, you can buy childcare vouchers to help with the costs. These are deducted from your pre-tax salary.
Domestic/special leave – paid leave is available for anyone that experiences a breakdown of normal childcare arrangements, carer responsibilities or a sudden illness or bereavement related to a close family member.
There may be times when you need advice or support in dealing with a personal situation either at home or at work.
We offer a dedicated employee assistance programme (EAP), with a 24-hour confidential helpline staffed by experienced advisers.
Our employees love the benefits we offer, but we’re constantly reviewing and updating our benefits package to make sure it provides our people with what they want.