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Salary and leave

  • Salary is paid in arrears in 12 equal instalments on the 23rd of each month. Salaries are normally reviewed annually
  • Annual Leave entitlement for full-time employees is 26 days per annum
  • Option to purchase up to 5 additional days of annual leave
  • Pension Schemes: Barnardo’s makes an employer’s contribution into the plan for all employees with a BRSP pension. Life assurance cover in the event of a death in service is provided = 4 x salary as a ‘death in service’ lump sum
  • Enhanced package of maternity benefits at 50% of weekly pay for 12 weeks plus 39 weeks’ Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Adoption Leave: up to 52 weeks for a new adoptive parent
  • Fostering Leave: up to 52 weeks for new foster parents with relevant qualifying service
  • Parental Leave: eligible employees are entitled to 18 weeks unpaid leave to be taken taken within five years of birth/ adoption (or 18th birthday for parents of a child with a disability)
  • Shared Parental Leave (from 5th April 2015): eligible employees will be able to share up to a maximum of 50 weeks leave and 37 weeks’ pay following the birth/adoption of child
  • Additional Leave such as bereavement or domestic leave is available
  • Sickness Absence Barnardo’s is required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions

Support Services

  • Work/life balance - Barnardo’s offers a number of policies to help support employees to achieve a work/ life balance
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): a confidential counselling and information service
  • Travel season ticket loan: interest free for up to £1,860 per annum
  • Salary sacrifice arrangements available for paying for home technology, phones, health screening and work-related learning
  • Cycle to Work Scheme: buy a bike and/or safety equipment up to £1,000 on a tax efficient basis for the purpose of going to and from work
  • Trade union recognition: Barnardo’s has a recognition agreement with UNISON
  • Equality and diversity – a number of groups and forums exist throughout Barnardo’s which provide support to those that identify with them
  • Voluntary health care cash plans and private medical insurance (under review)


  • Childcare vouchers
  • Barnardo’s Shops offer employees a 20% discount
  • Choice Discount Stores: 10% off all merchandise
  • Merlin Entertainments: big discounts available e.g. Alton Towers, Legoland
  • Haven Privilege Holiday Club: holiday parks across the UK at corporate rates
  • Hotel accommodation: stay at a number of hotels in UK at a discount rate
  • Show Pairs: discounted London theatre tickets for West End shows
  • Barkingside Discounts: various offers from local retailers

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