Rewards and benefits
Rewards and benefits
We think there are some great benefits of working here. All paid staff receive the following:
Time away from work
- 25 days holiday
- PLUS up to three extra days off between Christmas and New Year
- After two years in service - your holiday goes up to 28 days
- After five years in service your holiday goes up to 32 days
As a flexible employers the Scouts operate a TOIL system. Employees can accrue a maximum of 35 hours TOIL, pro rata for part time employees, to be used within four weeks of accrual.
These days can cover religious holidays and caring responsibilities of a dependant, agreement is subject to line manager approval. The term 'dependent' refers to spouse/partner, a child under 18 years of age, or a disable child of any age, a parent. It doesn't include other close relatives, an employee, tenant or lodger.
Once you’re three months in post, we have generous sickness pay, above the statutory.
Special leave includes paid leave for volunteering and study leave.
We're flexible employer. Lots of our roles are offered on a hybrid basis where you can have some control over whether you work at home or in one of our offices. You can also ask for ﬂexibility on their start and ﬁnish times of work. We also have a flexible working policy allowing staff to request amendments to their working pattern and a specific reason for making the request is not required.
Your physical and mental health
Optical, dental and many more appointments covered, as well as great gym and family days out discounts and 24/7 helplines including speaking to a GP, counselling and practical information. Staff can add up to four children and their partner to their plan so they can receive the same benefits. Six counselling sessions can also be arranged for Scouts Staff.
We take the wellbeing of our staff extremely seriously. Many of our staff are trained Mental Health First Aiders so if you’re ever suffering from emotional distress there are plenty of people you can turn to – either for an informal chat or signposting to further support
To support our staffs’ wellbeing we have introduced Your Time which gives staff an hour on top of their lunch break every Tuesday and Thursday, to do whatever they feel would support their wellbeing, whether that is going for a walk or a Yoga class. We’re always interested to hear staffs’ views on any activities we could facilitate during these Your Time hours.
Looking after your future and your family
You'll be automatically enrolled into the Scouts Group Personal Pension Plan, contributing 3% of your qualifying earnings. Scouts will contribute double at 6% of your qualifying earnings on auto enrolment. You can increase your contribution at any point and we'll double your contribution up to a maximum of 10% of your gross salary.
We're proud to be a family friendly employer and pay maternity and adoption leave above the statutory. Staff are paid two week’s pay for Paternity leave.
We offer a death in service scheme and your loved ones will receive four times your salary if you pass away while employed by us.
Making your money go that little bit further
Financial support with your travel expenses.
Car parking: Yes, our parking is free at all sites.
Minibus Service: When working at Gilwell Park, a minibus can collect you at 08:20, 08:35. 08:50 from Chingford Station and drop you back at 16:30, 16:45, 17:00 and 17:15.
Reward and Recognition
Scouts run two reward schemes; the Exceptional Award, which colleagues can nominate each other for and the Exceeding Expectations Award, which line managers can nominate their staff for.
We provide regular training courses in a range of topics, delivered virtually and at locations around the country in everything from conflict management to digital skills. We can often access free accredited qualifications in subjects as varied as team leading and mental health awareness. We can also provide funding towards professional qualifications (subject to approval).
One-to-one coaching is available to all line managers (subject to approval).
Lead Like Mary is the Scouts’ inspirational leadership programme. It’s a workshop which guides you through our key leadership principles including: personal effectiveness, courage, trust, vision and accountability.
If you have a particular issue that you’d like to work through with peer group support, we would also recommend joining an Action Learning Set, which allows you to discuss real-life challenges in a confidential and solution-focussed environment.
We actively encourage people to get involved with as wide a range of learning and development activities as possible. These include (but aren't limited to):
- Online learning programmes
- Reading (books, sector magazines etc.)
- Visiting (and benchmarking against) other organisations
- Attending conferences and events
- Job shadowing
- Involvement in project work