Employees of the University of Cambridge are eligible for a wide range of competitive benefits and services.
- Pay and Reward
The University salary structure includes automatic service-related pay progression in many of its grades and an annual cost of living increase. In addition to this, employees are rewarded for outstanding contribution through a number of regular pay progression schemes. The University offers an attractive pension scheme for employees, with an additional benefit of a salary exchange arrangement providing tax and national insurance savings.
- Family-friendly policies
The University recognises the importance of supporting its staff. In addition to a generous 41 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays) and flexible working opportunities, we have a range of family-friendly policies to aid employees’ work-life balance including a generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement of 18 weeks full pay and emergency family care support via My Family Care. Other family-friendly support includes our highly regarded workplace nurseries, a childcare salary exchange scheme and a high quality holiday Playscheme, which are available to help support University employees with caring responsibilities (subject to demand and qualifying criteria). Further childcare information can be found here: https://www.childcare.admin.cam.ac.uk/
- Relocation and Housing
The University offers a range of schemes to support employees to move and settle into the area. The Accommodation Service offers a comprehensive housing advice service and can assist you in finding University-owned and private rented accommodation. Registering with the Service provides access for you to search hundreds of rental properties across the City, including those at Eddington. Eddington (North West Cambridge Development) is a brand new district located 2km northwest of the city centre of Cambridge. As a University employee, you will also have access to a range of housing support schemes, such as the Shared Equity scheme, the Reimbursement of Relocation expenses scheme and the Rental Deposit loan scheme.
- CAMbens employee benefits
With more than 2,000 participating retailers, employees can save money and get cashback on a wide range of household expenses, from groceries and clothes, to holidays and insurance and much more. A range of local discounts are also available, helping employees to save money whilst also supporting local Cambridge businesses. The University also offers a CAMbens Cycle to Work salary sacrifice scheme, which enables employees to save money on transport costs, a 10% discount rate on the purchase of train season tickets and bulk buy tickets and an interest free travel to work loan are also available for staff of the University. Please see the CAMbens Staff Benefits section for full details.
Extensive development opportunities
The encouragement of career development for all staff is one of the University’s core values and they put this into practice through various services and initiatives. These include:
- A wide-range of training courses delivered by a range of providers within the University, including the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) team, Equality & Diversity, the University Computing Service and the Language Centre.
- Linkedin Learningis now available for all University and College staff, alongside existing provision for Professional Development.
- An online learning centre, which provides learning packages on a variety of topics including those aimed at new staff (e.g. fire safety), academics (e.g. effective supervision) and those wishing to develop particular skills (e.g. project management).
- Probation periods for new employees, which provide a framework for reviewing progress and discussing training and development needs.
- A Staff Review and Development (SRD) Scheme, which is designed to enhance work effectiveness and facilitate career development post-probation.
- Reduced staff fees for University of Cambridge graduate courses.
- The opportunity to attend lectures and seminars held by University departments and institutions.
- Leave for career and personal development.
- Policies and processes dedicated to the career development of researchers and the implementation of the principles of the Concordat, which have led to the University being recognised with an HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission.
In addition, we’re sure you’ll find that working for an organisation with The University of Cambridge’s impressive history and reputation will enable you to gain a wealth of experience to assist you in your future career.