All Full Time staff have 25 days (5 weeks) paid leave per year plus Bank Holidays. Managers start on 28 days leave. The Leadership team is entitled to 30 days leave per year. Part Time employees are entitled to the same annual leave entitlement as Full time staff on a pro rata rate for the number of hours contractually worked each week.
A range of flexible working options are available and there is a policy and procedure that enable staff to propose working arrangements which we will make every effort to accommodate when considered in conjunction with business need. Options available include part-time working, part home working, and different working patterns for school term time and holidays.
Most staff work flexitime which enables them to build up additional leave and provides flexibility in working hours, again subject to ensuring that services are properly staffed. The Leadership Team is expected to opt out of the 48 hour working time directive.
National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) pension scheme under pension auto enrolment - the pension contribution rate is in line with statutes in force at the time.
This benefit provides employees with vouchers to help them reduce the cost of childcare, including after school and holiday clubs. Staff can elect to receive up to £243 per month of their salary as vouchers. This amount is exempt from income tax and national insurance contributions, which could equate to up to an additional £943.80 per annum net pay.
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is an independent confidential free service available to all staff and for their family/dependents that live at the same home address. The EAP is an employee well-being service that offers both advice and support on a whole range of day-to-day work and personal issues. Staff are also able to access a maximum of five sessions of professional counselling per year to help them address and deal with any personal issues. The service remains totally confidential and the organisation is billed without staff being identified.
Access to unpaid leave
Staff may request short unpaid breaks in addition to their annual leave entitlement, which are dealt with on a case by case basis.
Staff are encouraged to identify any training needs, for both personal and organisational development. Help & Care will support staff wherever possible when they wish to undertake training.
Two days paid leave is currently available to all staff with caring responsibilities.