We know how important those who work for us are to the success of our organisation. Our people are passionate and care about doing a great job, and in return we offer an excellent range of benefits, rewards, regular social and health and wellbeing activities.

We embrace flexible working, as we know the traditional working day does not work for everyone.

You'll get a competitive salary with annual reviews that is benchmarked both within and outside our sector, plus a package of benefits which goes much further:

 

Benefits

  • Holiday
    25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays, which increases by 1 day per year of service to a maximum of 30 days, plus 3 additional days for Christmas to cover building closure between Christmas and New Year (i.e. 28 days rising to up to 33 days)
  • Family friendly leave
    Enhanced maternity/paternity to 18 weeks/4 weeks at full pay and shared parental leave of 18 weeks at full pay for partner/husband if mother doesn’t take full 52 weeks
  • Sabbatical leave
    Sabbatical opportunities – up to 1 year after 3 years’ service, consider on case-by-case basis
  • Pension
    Non-contributory pension scheme, in which the Academy makes a 10% contribution. You may make voluntary contributions if desired 
  • BUPA cash plan
    After your first 6 months, you will benefit in respect of a cash plan towards dental, optical, chiropody, reflexology, acupuncture and prescriptions  
  • Private medical insurance
    After 1 year’s service, you can apply for this BUPA scheme. The Academy will pay for your individual membership. You may also choose to pay for additional family members.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
    A free confidential assistance programme which is provided to help you deal with everyday challenges both at work and at home. This is a free advice line available 24/7 providing both practical advice on legal, financial and everyday issues, and emotional support, including counselling sessions
  • Eye test
    You are entitled to a standard eye test up to the age of 60 years. The academy will pay for spectacles (up to £60.00)
  • Subsidised restaurant facilities 
    Via our sister academy, the Royal Society, located next door to the Academy
  • Childcare vouchers
    We offer the option of tax-free childcare through the Government
  • Season ticket loan
    After your first 6 months, you can apply for an interest-free season ticket loan to cover the cost of a travel season ticket
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
    After your first 6 months, you can purchase a bicycle through the Government’s cycle to work scheme which enables you to save tax and NI by purchasing a bicycle through a salary sacrifice scheme
  • Sick pay
    Enhanced sick pay for sickness absence: 8 weeks’ full pay followed by 18 weeks at half pay, paid pro rata for part time staff
  • Group life assurance (death in service)
    In the event of the death of a member of staff covered by the scheme, the scheme will pay an amount equivalent to four times annual salary to a nominated next of kin.
  • Income Protection Scheme
    If you are medically unfit and unable to return to work after 26 weeks of sickness absence, at the Academy’s discretion, you will benefit from the Academy’s Income Protection Scheme that will pay an amount equivalent to 75% of gross salary

 

Social and wellbeing activities

  • Pizza club
    Monthly event for new starters
  • Yoga
    Weekly classes for a small cost
  • Wellbeing events
    Monthly events such as mindfulness, origami, wellbeing breakfasts etc
  • Social events
    Subsidised monthly events, such as drinks at local pubs or bars