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.
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.
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.
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.