At Versus Arthritis we want to be a great employer, focusing on flexibility, inclusion, collaboration and health and wellbeing. We live our values, putting people with arthritis at the heart of what we do.
We need the very best people to help us achieve our ambitions. We have a motivated and talented workforce which we want to retain, support and develop. But we also want to attract new talent. We know our cause and ambitions make Versus Arthritis an attractive and exciting place to work. We want our employment offer to mirror this.
With this in mind, we are developing new employment terms which we believe are both compelling and competitive. They have been developed with our people to reflect what matters most to them, the value that we place on people and our beliefs as a charity.
The new employment terms will be available from January 2019, are the same as or an improvement on our current offer outlined below and will be offered to all of our people once they have been finalised. In the meantime:
When you start, you'll be entitled to 25 days annual leave plus public holidays, rising incrementally to 30 days annual leave after you’ve been here four years. You can also buy and sell up to five days of additional annual leave.
Health and wellbeing
We're committed to the health and wellbeing of all our employees and we aim to be an exemplar employer for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
We offer all employees the opportunity to access My healthspan, our personal, confidential and holistic health review. My healthspan is designed to enable you to support and develop your health and wellbeing, in particular your musculoskeletal health.
Flexible ways of working
Our working environments and practices encourage and support you to have greater control in where, when and how you work. You will be supported to work flexibly, collaboratively and inclusively to meet your needs and the needs of the organisation. From standing-friendly meetings and smart use of technology, to flexible working hours and locations, we want our people to have a healthy work/life balance.
Your pay will be reviewed annually.
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 Lucas Fettes Financial Planning Ltd.
Learning and development
We want you to keep developing your skills, and you’ll have opportunities to do this with face-to-face and online learning. We also offer a programme for our people managers, including core management skills, managing change and managing mental health in the workplace.
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.
If you use public transport to get to the office and your contract is for twelve 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.
Discounted gym membership
Benefit from discounts at over 3,300 gyms, spas, pools, studios and outdoor fitness events across the UK. This includes all the main UK chains, low cost operators, many leisure centres and studios offering yoga, pilates and crossfit.
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.
In the event of death in service, your nominated beneficiary would receive three times your annual salary. This is provided through Zurich.
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.