Benefits

Financial

Financial

Salary

Our salaries are regularly benchmarked externally against market trends to ensure that we are competitive to attract and retain the best people. We are proud that as an organisation we are able to operate a Performance Related Pay (PRP) scheme which allows us to reward individual performance and provides a way to progress along the salary ranges.

Pension

Blue Cross employees are automatically enrolled in the Blue Cross Group personal pension scheme, which is part of the National Pensions Trust, and managed, by our current provider Xafinity. Blue Cross presently contributes at the rate of 6% of your basic salary even if you pay less. This means that if you pay 3%, Blue Cross will still pay 6%.

Life insurance protection

Not that we want to think this would ever happen but if you were to die while working for Blue Cross your beneficiaries will receive a lump sum which is currently three times your annual salary.

London weighting allowance

If you are in a role which based in one of our central London locations then you will receive an annual payment of £3,954 (pro-rata for part time) to help you with additional costs. This doesn’t apply if you work from home.

Season ticket loan

If you travel to work either by bus or train, we can help you spread the cost of your travel over a year with a season ticket loans. As long as you've passed your probation period, you can take advantage of this benefit.

Professional fees

Where your role requires you to have a professional membership then we will pay for one of your membership fees.

Relocation

If you need to move home for the needs of Blue Cross then we contribute towards your removal expenses. Paid time off will also be provided to allow you to relocate.

Health And Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

WorkPerks

As a Blue Cross employee you get immediate access to a huge range of fantastic discounts. Includes discounted gift cards that help bring down prices at supermarkets, restaurant and high street shops, a selection of home, motor, pet and travel insurance services, a Simply Health cash plan and cinema discounts.

Flexible working

Work-life balance is important to us and we understand that working in the office nine till five doesn’t always suit. Where possible our employees can sometimes work part time, compressed hours, home working and in job shares. We support out employees to achieve the work-life balance that works for them.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Our employees and their families have access to a 24 hour, confidential helpline that is intended to help them deal with personal problems, including financial, that might adversely impact their work performance, health and well-being. EAP generally include assessment, short-term counselling and referral services.

Enhanced sick pay

When you are ill, we offer, on a discretionary basis, enhanced sick pay over and above any entitlement to SSP to employees who have three complete months’ service or more. You’re entitled to 20 days full pay and then a further 20 days at half pay. After three years this rises to 45 days full pay and then a further 45 days at half pay.

Cycle to work scheme

Basically, we buy the bike and safety equipment that you choose up to the value of £1,000. We then loan these back to you over an agreed period taking the money from your monthly pay packet through a 'salary sacrifice' arrangement. You effectively pay no tax or National Insurance contributions on these amounts, which means you can save up to 42% on the value of the bike and accessories (depending on the level of tax you pay).

Eye tests

If your role requires a lot of time on the computer, you're entitled to a full eye exam every two years. Where special corrective glasses and lenses for regular use of computers is required e.g DSE specs, employees are entitled to a voucher to use against the cost of a basic pair

Leave

Time away

Annual Leave

All of our employees start on 30 days per year (including public holidays). After one years’ service your holiday entitlement will increase by one day per year, up to a maximum of 35 days (pro-rated as appropriate for part-time workers).

Christmas closure

Blue Cross currently operates a compulsory closure of some of its support offices and activities during the Christmas week. The precise dates of the closure is determined on an annual basis. Please note this is discretionary and not contractual.

Maternity leave

If you've worked with us continuously for 12 months or longer (at 15th week before the expected week of childbirth. This is also known as the qualifying week), you're entitled to enhanced maternity pay. This is made up of 12 weeks at full pay followed by 27 weeks statutory pay (assuming you meet the qualifying criteria). We also pay 12 ‘keep in touch’ (KIT) days to help you ease back into your job when you return to work

Adoption leave

We keep this in line with our maternity leave. The main adoptive carer will be entitled to Enhanced Adoption Leave at 12 weeks full pay (following 12 months employment) followed by 27 weeks statutory pay (as long as you've worked with us for a year).

Paternity leave

We’ll give you one week's enhanced paternity leave at full pay followed by one week’s statutory pay. This means that you can support your partner and the new arrival at this exciting time.

Parental leave

After being with us for 12 months and in line with statutory requirements, we'll give you up to 18 weeks unpaid leave per child, up to the child’s 18th birthday. You can take up to four weeks unpaid leave in any one year in blocks of one week.

Sabbatical Leave

If you need a break from work and you have been with us for five years, our employees may apply to take unpaid sabbatical leave of up to six months.

Shared Parental Leave

Our Shared Parental Leave arrangements mirror our other policies and, if eligible, you can benefit from up to 12 weeks enhanced shared parental leave pay in addition to the balance of any statutory payments you may be entitled to.

Recognition

Recognition

Long service rewards

We also like to celebrate those employees that have been with us for a long time. Our long service awards mark 20, 30 and 40 years employment!

Blue Cross Spirit awards

We like to recognise and reward the outstanding work of our employees and volunteers by having the Blue Cross Spirit awards. We celebrate these fantastic individuals and teams who make Blue Cross such a great charity and who work so hard towards helping more pets in need.