Helen volunteers at the Marylebone Oxfam shop. Glen Arkadieff/Oxfam
This page outlines the package available to Oxfam GB staff working in the UK.
Our benefits package
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.
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.
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, with the option to cover direct family as well as themselves.
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.
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 3% employee and 6% 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%
- Where eligible employee contributions are made by salary sacrifice, 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
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 more than 52 weeks service who do return to work are entitled to 12 weeks full pay and then 27 weeks Statutory Adoption Pay plus 15% of 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 Adoption Leave and Pay policy.
Shared parental leave & pay
Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Shared Parental Pay (SPP) are 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. Oxfam GB offers enhanced shared parental pay depending on the length of employment. Employees with more than 52 weeks service and who return to work for a minimum of 12 weeks (or equivalent if returning on reduced hours), and who take shared parental leave as one continuous block of leave, may receive up to 12 weeks' full pay followed by up to 25 weeks of statutory shared parental pay plus 15% of salary, subject to a limit of 100% of salary. Full details can be found in Oxfam GB's Shared Parental Leave and Pay Policy.
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.
Gym membership discounts
We have teamed with several major gyms nationwide so our staff can enjoy discounted membership.
Meditation and mindfulness app
We have partnered with Headspace, the world's most popular meditation app, to offer a free subscription to all Oxfam employees.
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.
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.