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Working at Arthritis Research UK can be rewarding in many ways. We offer a range of employee benefits and reward and recognition programmes to help you get the most out of working here.

Flexible ways of working

Working environments and practices encourage and support our employees to have greater control in where, when and how they work. Employees are supported to work flexibly, collaboratively and inclusively to meet individual needs and the needs of the organisation. 

Annual leave

On appointment, you'll be entitled to 25 days annual leave plus public holidays, rising incrementally to 30 days annual leave after 4 years’ service. There are also options available to buy and sell up to five days of additional annual leave.

Advice and support services

You’ll have 24/7 access to our employee assistance programme (EAP). It'll provide you with free, impartial and confidential advice and support to help you live well, be well and work well.

Child care vouchers

If your contract is for 12 months or more you’ll have the opportunity to purchase childcare vouchers via salary sacrifice. This involves giving up part of your salary before tax and NI deductions towards the vouchers each month. This could result in a saving of up to £1,000 a year for a standard rate tax payer.

Vouchers can be used with childcare providers recognised by our scheme provider Edenred.

Eyesight tests

Once every two years you can claim back £20 towards an eyesight test. After you’ve been with us for a year you can also claim back £100 towards prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Giving something back

We can help you give a little back to any charity of your choice. You can join the payroll giving scheme, which sends a donation directly to your chosen charity from your salary every month.

Health and well-being commitment

We're committed to the health and well-being of all our employees and aim to be an exemplar employer for people with a musculoskeletal condition.

We're working hard to ensure that our offices, and all our working and management policies and practices support musculoskeletal health and general health and well-being.

We offer all employees the opportunity to access My healthspan, our unique, confidential, personal holistic health review. My healthspan is designed to enable our people to support, maintain and develop their health and well being, and in particular their musculoskeletal health.

We’re a member of the Government's Physical Activity Responsibility Deal and support the Chief Medical Officer's Physical Activity Guidelines, pledging to raise awareness of physical activity both internally and externally.

Life assurance

In the event of death in service, your nominated beneficiary would receive three times your annual salary. This is provided through Zurich.


Your pay will be reviewed annually to recognise your performance and impact.


If you qualify you’ll be auto-enrolled into our group personal pension plan provided by Royal London.

To start with you’ll contribute 3% and we’ll put in 6%. After your first year you’ll have the option to increase it to 5% and 10%.

You’ll also have access to free and independent pension advice through Inspired Financial Solutions.

Private healthcare

Once you’ve passed your probationary period and if your contract is for 12 months or more you can join our private medical trust, which is administered by ProAmica.

The scheme will cover you for treatment by medical specialists for a range of medical conditions. 

Reward and recognition programmes

A awards

Our A awards provide an annual opportunity for employees to nominate colleagues whom they believe have lived and demonstrated our values in action every day, and made an outstanding contribution to the work of Arthritis Research UK.

Long service award

These awards are designed to reward the contribution and commitment of Arthritis Research UK employees after five years' continuous service and every five years thereafter.

Transport benefits

If you use public transport to get to the office and your contract is for 12 months or more, you can take advantage of our interest-free season ticket loans. These are also available for car park season tickets.

Or if you’d prefer to come into work under your own steam then you might like to sign up to our cycle to work scheme.

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Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.