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Pay, benefits and conditions

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Whatever job you do for Oxfam GB, we'll reward you fairly for your life-changing work. Here are some examples of the pay and benefits you could expect.

Benefits for:

Benefits for UK staff

Pay

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. An pay review takes place annually and full l pay review is subject to proficient or above performance against objectives and a minimum of 4 months performance in the review year.

Market competitive salary: gross salaries are set to take into account market competitiveness and internal equity. They're also designed to reward your skills and competences. They are reviewed annually.

Tax and Social Security:  Oxfam pays any tax or social security liabilities relating to your employment in the country where you work.

Benefits

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.

Annual leave: 25 days per annum plus the 8 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.

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. An pay review takes place annually and full l pay review 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 8 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 check ups 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 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 (currently up to 4 days) and is available as a contingency in addition to the employee's entitlement to annual leave.

We support our employees in many ways

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, the Headspace app for free

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 discounts to Oxfam staff on e.g. insurance, optical, etc.

You will grow with us...

Learning & development

Oxfam GB is committed to developing and supporting the learning of all staff across the organisation, as we recognise that staff development is central to being as effective as we can be in our fight against the injustice of poverty. We have a wide internal L&D offer, with on-the job learning opportunities, mentoring, certified coaching, in house courses, and much more. We also support employees with external learning opportunities through study leave, and financial support may be offered to individuals who are studying for professional qualifications.

You will feel connected to a community of volunteers, staff and partners across the world

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, visitors 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 and 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. 

Outside the UK (national roles)

Pay

Market competitive salary: gross salaries are set to take into account market competitiveness and internal equity. They're also designed to reward your skills and competences. They are reviewed annually.

Tax and Social Security: Oxfam pays any tax or social security liabilities relating to your employment in the country where you work.

Benefits

Pension: as part of our Total Reward package, we'll make a retirement provision for our staff, which will be either contributions to a pension scheme or an end of employment payment related to your years of service.

Medical cover:  Oxfam provides basic and essential medical treatment where there is inadequate provision under the state system in the country of work. This is provided for the employee up to a local annual limit.

Insurances: a variety of insurances may be provided to cover various scenarios, including business travel, personal accident, global household, leisure travel and life assurance.

Annual leave: equal to 33 days per year (including public holidays in the country of work).

International roles

Pay

Market competitive salary: salaries are set to take into account market competitiveness and internal equity. They're also designed to reward your skills and competences. Pay is always net excluding any tax or social security.

Tax and Social Security:  Oxfam pays any tax or social security liabilities relating to your employment on top of the net salary - whether this is in your home country or your country of work.

Living expenses/per diems: these will be provided to cover reasonable additional costs incurred through temporary relocation.

Expensive country allowance: this will be provided for longer term postings i.e. one year or more, where the cost of living is higher than the UK. The allowance varies depending on how much more expensive the work location is, and is reviewed on an annual basis.

Hard to work allowance: this will be provided for postings where the environment may be particularly difficult, stressful or insecure. This is reviewed on a regular basis.

Benefits

Flights home for you and your partner/dependants: flights home may be provided depending on the length/type of contract, to allow you to maintain links with family and friends in your home country.

Accommodation: depending on the length of the deployment, Oxfam will either provide shared accommodation or reimburse based on actual costs up to the host country limit.

Education: Oxfam may provide an education allowance for up to three accompanying children. This is normally only covered where there is no appropriate free state education, and where necessary to ensure a portable education in the language spoken by your children. Details are available on request and will be provided on appointment.

Pension: Oxfam believes it's important to encourage its employees to save for their retirement. Where a pension scheme is available Oxfam will double the employee's contributions up to a maximum of 13% of net pensionable pay. Where there's no pension option available an alternative payment may be considered.

Pension information for non-UK nationals (PDF, 24KB)

Insurances: A variety of insurances may be provided to cover various scenarios including business travel, personal accident, global household, leisure travel and life assurance.

Medical cover: Oxfam provides a competitive medical plan where there is no local state system in the country of work. We cover for employees and dependants in the country of work (where dependants are physically relocated with the employee), up to a local annual limit.

Annual leave: equal to 33 days per year (including public holidays in host location).

In some countries, where working and living conditions are particularly difficult, stressful or insecure, alternative Rest and Recuperation (R&R) arrangements to local leave may exist. This will vary from country to country.

Other ways to join in