With us, you can feel valued and rewarded
As an award-winning, fast-paced and strategic charity, we’re always looking for the high-performers and the truly talented.
We need people in our team who can think outside the box, challenge the status quo and help us drive real progress. We need the people who ‘can’.
And in return, we want to offer you a happy, healthy and inclusive work environment where you can thrive, achieve your full potential and be rewarded and recognised for performing brilliantly.
Here are just some of the benefits we can offer:
Whilst always being mindful of our expenditure, we try to ensure that we are as competitive as we can be within the charity sector by keeping a keen eye on salary benchmarks. To achieve our ambitious goals, we know that we need a high-performing team who are not only technically excellent, but who live and breathe our values and are rewarded accordingly.
We currently offer 25 days of annual leave and recognise 8 public holidays. Annual leave increases in line with length of service, up to a maximum of 29 days after 4 years’ service. (Holiday entitlement is pro rata for part time team members).
In addition, once you pass probation (normally 6 months) you can enjoy a day of “life leave” – an extra paid day off each year that you can use to celebrate an event or another occasion, for example to mark your birthday, a religious festival or your child’s first day at school.
After a full year’s service you’ll also have the opportunity to apply to buy an extra 5 days’ leave if you wish.
We empower the team to organise their schedule to work when they are the most productive and in a way that is most appropriate for their role.
Whilst some roles require a daily office presence, most team members spend around three days per week in our Fleet head office. Other roles are predominantly home-based.
We use a variety of tools including Microsoft 365 and Workplace by Meta to make it easy to collaborate and feel part of the team, wherever you are.
Following the successful completion of your probation period, you can join The Charity’s defined contribution pension scheme via Aegon. We’ll ask you to contribute 3% of your annual salary and we will contribute 6%.
Prior to this (provided you are eligible), you will be automatically enrolled to the government pension scheme, three months after you join the team – although you are welcome to opt-in to this scheme from day one if you wish.
All permanent team members are automatically included in our group life assurance policy following 12 months service.
The death in service benefit is 2x current basic annual salary. The scheme also includes a bereavement counselling service which is a confidential telephone service and a probate hotline.
We also offer an Occupational Sick Pay scheme that increases with length of service.
We’ve managed to save the team a whopping £23,000 with Perkbox since 2022!
All team members have membership to Perkbox, an online rewards portal giving access to a range of treats and savings including free coffees and sausage rolls, discounted clothes, groceries, meals and cinema tickets, a subsidized online learning platform, plus much more!
We offer a range of wellbeing resources and support, including access to 1-2-1 professional counselling, coaching and an online GP.
We also have our own in-house mental health first aiders and Everymind at Work Champions who provide 1-2-1 support for new starters and act as a listening ear for anyone in need of wellbeing support.
We’ve partnered with Make a Will Online. This is a free Will writing service open to all team members and gives the option to write a solicitor-checked Will from the comfort of their own home.
“As a regional worker, I’m home-based and I love it. Working flexibly from home allows me to work closely with the community and attend events that are happening locally. There are quite a few of us that work regionally so Teams and Zoom meetings keep us involved with the wider team.”
Fiz, Community Fundraiser
If you can, we can…
We know that a happy team is a more inspired and productive team, so alongside the benefits mentioned we also offer the following:
Learning and development
Learning and developing our team is a top priority for us so each line manager has a discretionary budget to fund external learning and development for their team members.
You can learn more by visiting our culture page here!
When you reach a key milestone in your career at The Charity, the whole team celebrates your Charity-versary. A big fuss (if you’re happy with that), thank you cards and a spin of the prize wheel are all part of the fun!
We hold an annual Team Day each year, where the whole team comes together and we often have the privilege to hear from inspirational guest speakers. The days are always a lot of fun and give us all an excellent opportunity to come together to reflect, learn, plan, build relationships and celebrate our achievements.
Social and cultural activities
From after work open water swimming and lunchtime walks, to board games, craft and book clubs, there are lots of ways to get involved and find others with similar interests. We also have four Champion groups who help organise activities and shape how we work: covering Culture, Sustainability, Wellbeing, as well as Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
We care about the health and well-being of our team members, so we provide complimentary Specsavers and Flu jab vouchers to ensure their health is a priority.
Cycle to work scheme
The Cycle to Work Scheme is a benefit that saves you 25-39% on a bike and/or cycling accessories up to the value of £3,000. You pay nothing upfront and the payments are taken tax efficiently from your salary by The Charity (eligibility terms apply).
Electric car charging points
We have two electric car charging points which can be accessed by all team members to help us as a charity be more eco-friendly.
You can learn more about how we’re trying to improve our sustainability here.
Free tea and coffee
There’s always lots of cake in the office, too!
We are proud to have been named one of the Best Charities to Work For 2020 by Third Sector
We’re raising the benchmark
We’ve been recognised as Charity of the Year 2018 for our pioneering approach, innovative research solutions and, above all, our community-centred approach to everything we do.
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