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Rewards and benefits

Rewards and benefits

We work for every community across Scotland, so we welcome your unique strengths, perspectives and life experiences. We want you to feel that you can be yourself, in a place where your voice is heard and your individual needs are met. We’ve created a competitive rewards package designed to support your physical and mental health, boost your career development, help you take care of financial matters and give you a good work life balance.

Your wellbeing

Holidays

You’ll have 43 days paid holiday (including public holidays) each year.

Holiday buy

If you need extra time off, you can apply to buy up to 6 weeks additional annual leave to use on top of your normal holiday entitlement. We’ll spread the cost of this over the year through salary sacrifice.

Flexible working

We aim to create a flexible work environment where work is an activity, not a set place or defined hours. One where you feel empowered to decide how, when and where you do your work.

You can choose one of two work styles: you can either work mainly from the office or mainly from home. There may be a few exceptions where we can’t offer this choice, depending on the responsibilities of your role. You can also choose your working pattern in line with business and customer needs.

We’ll give you the flexibility and support you need to be at your best for the business, your colleagues and our customers – as well as for yourself. We’ll do this by offering:

  • A progressive workplace, where you can try new practices and ways of working
  • A culture that isn’t tied to locations, but rooted in our values, our amazing people and our mission of helping the Scottish economy grow
  • A range of wellbeing resources to help keep you healthy and well at work and in your home life
  • The flexibility you need to achieve your goals in of both your professional and your personal life
  • Working arrangements that help you balance business needs with your preferences

Our standard working week is 35 hours (full time equivalent) Monday to Friday with some exceptions allowed for working weekends.

Healthcare cash plan

Look after yourself with our free healthcare cash plan. This plan offers benefits including money back towards everyday healthcare expenses like optical care, dental care and physiotherapy. You can also choose to buy extra cover. We also offer discounted cover or health insurance from self-funded healthcare plans.

Employee assistance programme

Your wellbeing is important to us, and we want you to have the support you need if you’re going through a difficult time. The help is there whenever you need it - you’ll have access to free confidential counselling and information services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service also offers online resources on health and wellbeing topics.

Enhanced sick pay

We offer enhanced occupational sick pay. The levels of enhanced sick pay will depend on your length of service and include periods of full and half-pay periods.

Time off for dependants

Don’t worry if something urgent crops up at home. Time off for dependants allows you to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with unexpected emergencies and to give you time to make longer-term arrangements. We usually offer paid leave to cover emergencies like this.

Special leave

You can apply for special leave if you need to be away from work for a reason not covered by our other leave arrangements. For example, we have paid special leave for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, and bereavement.

Your lifestyle

Family life

We offer enhanced family pay arrangements after you’ve been with us for a year.

Maternity pay

We'll give you enhanced maternity pay of 26 weeks of full pay. You'll receive statutory maternity pay after your full-pay period.

Adoption pay

We'll give you enhanced adoption pay of 26 weeks full pay when matched with a child. You'll receive statutory adoption pay after your full-pay period.

Shared parental leave

We’ll give you enhanced shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks of full pay.

Paternity pay

We’ll give you four weeks paid leave to be with your partner or civil partner and your new baby. 

Giving something back

Volunteering

We’ll give you up to 21 hours of paid volunteering time each year to support your favourite charity or join in with community activities.

Staff charity fund

You can also make a difference by joining our staff charity fund. You can donate directly from your salary for as little as £1 per week and request support for community projects, charities and other good causes close to your heart.

Give as you earn

Give as you earn means you can donate to a charity directly from your salary.

Making your money go further

Employee discounts and offers

U-Benefit is our employee discount site, giving you access to discounts and cashback offers. You can shop online or buy retail vouchers and reloadable cards from a wide range of retailers. We also have special discount deals including mobile phones, gym membership and legal fees.

Savings

We work in partnership with some credit unions, so you can save directly from your salary

Cycle2work scheme

Want to get healthy and save money at the same time? Then hire a new bike through our salary sacrifice cycle2work scheme. If you use your new bike and safety equipment for commuting, you'll get it free of tax and national insurance.

Your working life

Personal growth

We’ll support your development throughout your career, with a range of flexible learning opportunities. These include:

  • Classroom/virtual environment based courses
  • E-learning and development resources and opportunities
  • Job shadowing
  • Individual mentoring and coaching
  • Mentoring and coaching skills programmes, continuing professional development (CPD) and supervision
  • Internal CPD and accredited learning programmes
  • Assignments
  • Further and higher education funding

Travel loans

We’ll help you spread the cost of your travel to work with our interest-free loans for public transport season tickets. We pay for the ticket in advance, then deduct loan repayments from your salary in thirteen equal instalments.

Professional fees

We’ll pay for one professional fee each year if you need professional body membership for your role.

Recognition

We like to celebrate our successes and recognise the best examples of our people living our values. We use our 'living the values' awards when a colleague or team does something special that brings our values to life and has a positive impact.

Your future

Pension

Keep an eye on your future after work with our defined benefit pension scheme, which is a valuable part of our benefits package.

As well as a pension and tax free lump sum, our pension scheme has other benefits.

  • You're covered under the Scottish Enterprise life assurance scheme (death in service benefit)
  • Cohabiting partners receive the same pension benefits as married spouses or civil partners
  • You can make additional voluntary contributions to enhance your pension, which also come with tax advantages
  • Depending on your medical condition, there are ill-health retirement options

Our partial retirement scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a gradual transition from employment to retirement. This means you receive a portion of your retirement benefits while continuing to work for us on reduced hours.

If you used to work for us and you’ve a query about your SE pension, please contact our Human Resources team:

Email askhr@scotent.co.uk or call 0300 013 5280.

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