Rewards and benefits
We are committed to being an employer of choice.
As part of our commitment to being an employer of choice and making Housing 21 a fantastic place to work, we have a range of rewards and benefits you may be entitled to– a summary of these can be found below. The benefits each new employee receives is confirmed when their offer of employment is made.
Annual leave, holiday purchase and volunteer leave
Employees are awarded an extra day of annual leave after three years’ service, and a second day after five years’ service, in addition to their annual entitlement. Employees are able to purchase up to 10 extra days of holiday each year through a salary sacrifice arrangement.
We offer employees the opportunity to apply for up to 2 days' paid leave per year to carry out volunteering either at one of our courts or with an external organisation of their choice.
Flexible and family focused
Flexible working: We support employees to achieve a good work life balance and are happy to talk flexible working
Maternity pay: All employees are entitled to either Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity Allowance (MA) which is currently paid at the current statutory rate or 90% of average weekly earnings, whichever is less. Employees may be entitled to Occupational Maternity Pay if they have two years’ employment 11 weeks before their due date.
Paternity Pay: If an employee has two years or more continuous employment they are entitled to receive two weeks’ full pay whilst on paternity leave.
We offer a range of benefits including a health cash plan, income protection and group life assurance to employees who do not get cover through a pension scheme with us. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme which enables you to talk to someone independent about any issues at home or at work, and is completely confidential.
You may be entitled to join one of our pension schemes:
National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) - 3% employee contribution and 5% employer contribution.
Defined Pension Contribution Scheme (SHPS) - this scheme offers a generous employer contribution of up to 9% depending on the contribution you make and is a money purchase scheme, administered by The Pensions Trust.
Car salary sacrifice and leasing scheme
We offer two car schemes - employees can either lease a car through a salary sacrifice scheme, or lease through Personal Contract Hire (PCH). Salary sacrifice for certain cars will provide tax and/or NI savings. PCH car payments will be made through personal direct debit and not deducted through your payslip.
Mobile phone offer
Through our corporate mobile phone contract with O2 we are able to pass on savings directly to our employees. O2 Open provides monthly deals including discounted tariffs, products and devices.
Eye care vouchers
If you use a computer at work as part of your role you may be entitled to a voucher for an eyesight test. If you need glasses for using a visual display unit (VDU) to carry out your role you will be offered a voucher worth £55 towards the cost of them.
We believe that the performance of our employees is key to providing good customer service and enabling our success. Our recognition schemes allow managers the freedom to recognise individuals and teams for doing a great job.
We are able to offer a range of discounts on software, including the Microsoft suite of programmes.
Cycle to work scheme
This government approved salary sacrifice initiative allows employees to ‘hire’ a bike and accessories from Housing 21 for the purpose of cycling to work. The hire is free of tax and national insurance which means our employees can make savings whilst keeping fit, reducing their carbon footprint and spending less time in their car!
Many of our courts have guest rooms where Housing 21 employees are welcome to stay overnight and can enjoy discounted rates.
All benefits may be reviewed and subject to change if required and therefore do not constitute a contractual entitlement.
Note that offers through salary sacrifice are available only as long as the deductions from your pay do not take you below the National Living Wage rate.