Employee benefits

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We want our employees to be healthy, happy and feel supported. We provide a range of support and benefits to help them achieve this.

Lifestyle benefits

We offer a range of lifestyle benefits, including:

  • We pay the cost of your Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Pension scheme: Employer contributions and independent advice and information is offered
  • Health cost cash-back scheme: This is a free cash-back scheme that can be used to contribute to the cost of dental, optical, physical therapies and other medical treatment
  • Life cover: For staff under the age of 65 years in our pension scheme, we offer a non-contributory life assurance scheme
  • Advice and counselling service: An independent, confidential telephone service providing free practical advice and guidance is available
  • Cycle scheme: Save up to half the cost on a new bike and safety accessories
  • EasitNetwork: Discounts and savings on public transport 
  • Southdown Staff Benefits: free access to an online discounts website which includes over 170 discounts and perks including discounted cinema tickets and savings on health, fitness and supermarket shoping.  
  • Interest-free loans: for tenancy deposits, season ticket loans and car purchases  

Achieving a work-life balance

We're committed to helping our employees achieve a good work-life balance. We support our employees to achieve this by offering:

  • Annual leave entitlement, which increases with length of service
  • Flexible working (for example, part-time and compressed hours)
  • Parental leave
  • Special leave for emergencies
  • Special leave for moving home
  • Career breaks
  • Time off for public duties

Training and development

We know that the quality of our services goes hand in hand with the skills of our employees. Our award-winning training team provide a range of learning and development opportunities for every person that works for us. This includes:

  • Robust induction process to support new employees understand their role
  • In-house professional training courses covering a wide range of specialist subjects
  • Support to gain relevant industry professional qualifications where they are required
  • Specialists working within teams to support development and delivery of best practice
  • Opportunities to join organisational groups looking at areas including client involvement, health and safety, staff training, diversity and equality and staff health

Employees also have regular supervision and appraisals to ensure they have the skills and support needed to work effectively.