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Benefits for UK staff

Our comprehensive package in the UK includes a wide range of benefits as well as salaries benchmarked against the UK charity sector.

This page outlines the package available to Oxfam GB staff working in the UK.

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Photo: Bekki Frost

Oxfam Logistics Manager Rod Hogg, at the Oxfam Supply Centre in Bicester.

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Our benefits package

Salary

Oxfam is an accredited Living Wage employer and has a commitment to pay a Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation for all UK employees. A pay review takes place annually and is subject to proficient or above performance against objectives and a minimum of 4 months performance in the review year.

Hours of work and flexible working

The standard working week at Oxfam GB is 36 hours. Depending on your role and location start and finish times can be agreed between employee and manager around core hours. When possible we also offer part time working and other flexible arrangements. 

Annual holidays

25 days per annum, plus the public holidays (pro rata for part-time and fixed-term employees). This increases to 30 days after 5 years of service and then by one day every 5 years up to a maximum of 33 days per annum. 

Sick pay

Oxfam offers enhanced sick pay which increases with length of service. 

Health cash plan

We have partnered with BHSF to enable employees to claim cash towards dental checkups and treatment, eye-sight tests, new glasses and contact lenses and therapy treatments such as physiotherapy and chiropody. Reimbursement can be claimed up to an annual limit for routine and emergency health care.

Employees can choose the level of cover which best suits them. Plans starts for as little as £1.56 per month and can cover direct family too. 

Staff health service

In our Oxford Head Office we have a dedicated staff health team who support a safe and healthy working environment as well as provide advice and support to staff before, during and after international travel for Oxfam.

Pension

We have a competitive pension scheme which means we will double your contributions up to 10% of your gross pensionable pay. Eligible new recruits are automatically enrolled with a 2% employee and 4% employer contribution into a Stakeholder Pension Plan (with the right to opt out) after a 3 month postponement period. Employees can opt in early and increase their contributions. For example, for employees receiving a gross salary:

  • If the employee contributes 5%, Oxfam GB will contribute 10%
  • If the employee contributes 3%, Oxfam GB will contribute 6% 
  • Employee contributions are made by salary exchange, which gives full exemption from income tax and National Insurance. 
  • Season ticket loan & discounts on transport 
  • Interest-free annual season ticket loans for public transport are available once any period of probation is complete. Other discounts on transport are available in Oxford and for the London-Oxford buses.

We are family friendly

Childcare vouchers 

Parents can spend up to £243 per month on childcare vouchers via salary sacrifice. This method frees the benefit from income tax and National Insurance contributions and therefore delivers a significant employee saving. Oxfam has partnered with Co-operative Employee Benefits to offer this benefit. 

Oxford based Oxfam Nursery 

Oxfam GB operates a workplace nursery in Oxford during normal working hours. The nursery has a highly qualified and experienced staff team who offer excellent quality care and learning experiences for children from 3 months to five years. It is within our offices in Oxford and fees start from a very competitive £38.20 per day. 

Maternity 

Employees with more than 52 weeks service who do return to work are entitled to 12 weeks full pay and then 27 weeks SMP plus 15% salary, subject to a limit of 100% of salary. A reduced entitlement applies to employees with less service or who are not planning to return to work. Full details are set out in our Maternity Leave and Pay policy. All employees, regardless of the length of their employment, are entitled to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave. 

Enhanced adoption pay 

This varies depending on the length of employment at the beginning of the week when the employee is matched with a child. Employees with over two year's continuous service, who do return to work from Adoption Leave for at least 12 weeks (or part-time equivalent) may receive 13 weeks full pay and then 27 weeks Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP). Full details are set out in our Adoption Leave and Pay policy. 

Shared parental leave

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is designed to enable working parents, in England, Wales and Scotland, to share leave and to take time off in a more flexible way. It will allow both parents to be at home together if this is what they choose. All eligible employees have a statutory right to take Shared Parental Leave.

Partner Leave

Employees whose recognised partner is pregnant or who are adopting a child under the age of 18 and are not claiming adoption leave or adoption pay are entitled to up to 2 weeks paid leave on full pay in the UK.

Dependency Leave

Employees are entitled to apply for leave for the urgent care of a dependant and should discuss the amount of leave required with their manager. This leave is a separate provision from Urgent Private Business (UPB is currently up to 4 days) and is available as a contingency in addition to the employee's entitlement to annual leave.

More benefits

Gym membership discounts

We have teamed with several major gyms nationwide so our staff can enjoy discounted membership.

A free gym membership for your mind

We have partnered with Headspace, the world's most popular meditation app, to offer a free subscription to all Oxfam employees.

Cycle to Work Scheme in partnership with 'On Your Bike'

This scheme provides a tax efficient way to obtain a bicycle and accessories up to the value of £1,000. Repayments are made over 12 months by means of salary sacrifice in order to obtain full relief from both income tax and National Insurance. To be eligible, employees need to have completed their probationary period and have an employment contract which lasts for at least 12 months from the date the bicycle is collected. The arrangement is run in partnership with 'On Your Bike'.

Employee Assistance Support

All Oxfam UK employees can access counselling confidentially. In Oxford, we also have a team of trained mental health first aiders, who can provide confidential initial help and support.

Other discounts

We have partnered with several nationwide companies who offer various discounts to Oxfam staff.

Staff events and opportunities

We have events and opportunities for staff over the year; these vary according to where you are based. For example we organise lunchtime talks, visitor talks, team events and celebrations. Staff can volunteer for a work day in one of our Oxfam shops at Christmas, or join in campaigning events in the UK. Staff & volunteers based in Oxford can also be part of the Visitor Host Scheme to help our international visitors feel welcome and well supported during their visit to headquarters by offering to accompany to social or sporting events, meet for coffee, take on city sightseeing tours, etc.

Exposure tours

In most years we run a series of programme visits, which give some staff and volunteers the opportunity to spend up to two weeks visiting communities and projects we support in a particular country and so gain direct experience of the impact of our work.

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