Benefits

Arts Council England is committed to offering an attractive benefits package to all its colleagues which include:

Pension schemes - Colleagues can opt to join the Arts Council Retirement Plan. This is a final salary scheme and contributions are based on a sliding salary scale.

We also have available the Peoples Pension which is a defined contribution scheme. This is an auto enrolment scheme.

Arts Council England provides all employees with life assurance cover.

Annual leave - 25 days each year, plus an additional day for each complete leave year, up to a maximum of 30 days. There is also a winter closure of 27th to 31st of December which provides an extra three days leave.

Travel Season ticket loans – You can apply for interest free loans for season ticket and other work related travel costs, including office based parking permits.

Cycle to work scheme– The Cycle to Work Scheme supports Arts Council England’s commitment to promoting healthy living by allowing you to sacrifice part of your salary to obtain a bicycle on which you do not have to pay VAT. In addition, Tax and National Insurance will not be deducted.

Relocation support – We may offer relocation support to appointed staff recruited on a permanent contract. Conditions do apply and the maximum support available is up to £5,000.

Working hours– The standard working day is 7 hours per day (excluding a 1 hour unpaid lunch break), 35 hours per week. Arts Council England operates flexible working hours and time off in lieu policies.

Family leave policies- We offer generous maternity and paternity provisions, as well as up to five days per annum for those with dependents.

Childcare vouchers – Arts Council England operates a Childcare Vouchers Scheme which supports our commitment to work-life balance. It allows parents to save on their childcare costs by sacrificing part of their salary to purchase an equal value of Childcare Vouchers on which Tax and National Insurance are not deducted.

Employee Assistance Programme – Our free, independent and confidential advice, information and counselling service is available to all colleagues. This service is designed to help with a range of problems in the workplace or at home.

Simplyhealth – We also offer a preferential corporate healthcare plan with Simplyhealth. With the Simply Cash Plan you can claim money back towards the cost of check-ups and treatment for you and up to four of your children who are under 18 and living at home.

Some regularly used health benefits include: Optical- prescription glasses, contact lenses and prescription sunglasses up to annual limits; Dental- claim for check-ups, scale, polish and treatment up to annual limits; Complementary therapies- includes physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture and homeopathy up to annual limits.

Commitment to Development – Arts Council England knows that personal growth is a key component to the success of our Organisation and therefore we value and invest in learning and development opportunities. This is supported by in-house courses, external courses, e-learning and loans for academic and professional courses.

Please note that Arts Council England is an arms-length body with separate terms and benefits from other Civil Service departments, or public sector employers.

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