Rewards and benefits
We offer a competitive reward and benefits package for our employees:
- Competitive starting salary (additional location allowance for London based posts)
- Option of a competitive occupational pension scheme and partnership pension which is a defined contribution arrangement, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you. Please note from 1 April 2015, a new Civil Service pension scheme - alpha - will be introduced. alpha is a Career Average pension scheme. This means the final pension is based on a percentage of pensionable earnings from each year of active membership. If you join after 1 April 2015 you will still have the option of joining a partnership pension. You are encouraged to visit Civil Service Pensions for more information.
- Competency Pay Progression is a new approach to supporting your development, and rewarding you for that development. It provides a clear path for you to advance within your band, guiding you in developing your skills and competencies, and rewarding you financially for the enhanced contribution these competencies enable you to make.
Learning and development
- From the day you join us, we offer development activities to maximise your potential through on-the-job and structured learning
- encourage development through professional qualification routes
- support with further education study (related to your work)
Whatever your role, from the day you join us you will be encouraged to develop the right skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to do your job well and we are committed to providing high quality learning and development opportunities to all our employees and support continuous professional development.
We understand the importance of providing opportunities for career development and progression as part of investing in our people. To recognise the continuous drive for improvement and to keep pace with the changing needs of ONR, we are committed to learning and development each year and we will support staff in obtaining professional qualifications and maintaining professional membership of an appropriate body that is relevant to the work of ONR.
Holidays and family friendly benefits
- Generous annual leave allowance, plus public holidays and the option to buy additional annual leave (or sell)
- Flexible working hours and patterns to help combine your work and home life (depending on the role)
- Generous paid maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption leave
- Special leave to help you manage caring responsibilities in exceptional or unexpected emergencies, including the facility to take unpaid 'career breaks' (subject to conditions)
- Option for special leave, paid or unpaid for voluntary public service
We appreciate that if you’re thinking about joining ONR you may be interested in understanding how we support you with family and caring responsibilities.
Subject to eligibility, ONR aims to be supportive and flexible by offering the following:
- 52 weeks of maternity/adoption leave, paid at your normal rate (of up to 26 weeks) and a further 13 weeks of statutory pay set by the government.
- 12 working days paternity leave (proportionate for part time staff), paid at your normal rate of pay.
- Our shared parental leave and pay mirrors ONR’s maternity and adoption benefits. Eligible new working parents can choose how to share the caring responsibilities of their child by sharing up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of shared parental pay.
- You can take a total of 18 weeks' unpaid leave for each of your children up to their 18th birthday. The leave can start once your child is born or placed for adoption, or as soon as you have completed a year’s continuous service with ONR, whichever is later.
- A period of paid compassionate leave can be agreed for anyone experiencing, for example, the bereavement, or serious illness of, a close relative or dependent.
- Reasonable time off to fulfil caring responsibilities, in exceptional or unexpected circumstances.
- ONR employees have the right to request to work flexibly. We will always do our best to be as flexible as possible.
We recognise that you may need to combine work with the demands of your home life. To help our employees maintain a balance we offer excellent family friendly policies including;
- paid family leave (maternity, paternity and adoption leave)
- flexible working arrangements, including alternative working patterns (subject to business approval)
- special leave to help you manage caring responsibilities in exceptional circumstances or unexpected emergencies, including the facility to take unpaid 'career breaks' (subject to conditions)
- Where required, childcare expenses provided for overnight stays or longer working hours
IT and working environment
- Training and access to current technology for multiple communication options and enhanced mobile working
- Secure, modern offices with restaurant facilities provided in the majority of locations
- Where available, car parking facilities and free parking at our Merseyside headquarters
Health and Wellbeing
- Free occupational health service provision and independent counselling service to support employees and managers
- Eye care provision
- A range of sporting and social activities at most ONR locations, including competitive rates at our Merseyside on-site gym and access to Civil Service sports and leisure activities (through HASSRA, CSMA and CSSC)
- Option of relevant Trade Union membership with a range of benefits and discounts
- Lifestyle Reward Scheme - a money-saving shopping scheme
- Benenden Health , a non-profit organisation
- The Charity for Civil Servants is the civil service's occupational charity, helping current, former and retired civil servants and their dependants
- Additional allowances for working/travelling on ONR's business or if you work at a higher job grade for a specified time
- Relocation assistance offered for some positions (stated in the job description if applicable)
- Advance of salary to buy a travel season ticket, car parking season ticket or bicycle