Working for a charity provides one of the best benefits there is – a sense of purpose and reward for helping others. However we understand the importance of giving back to our employees to ensure a happy and healthy working environment and work/life balance.

To have the best (and happiest) employees we need to be the best employer, so we focus on flexibility, inclusion, collaboration, health and wellbeing both in and outside of work.

We provide a wide range of benefits which will reward your hard work, motivate you, reassure you and inspire you to work to improve the lives of children every day.
This is our employment offer:

Financial Benefits


Salary and pay

We have a fair, equitable and transparent pay policy which is competitive within the sector. We show the salary on all of our role advertisements.


Holiday Entitlement

The basic allowance is 27 days leave per year (pro rata for part-time employees). After five years this increased to 29.5 days and after 10 years it rises further to 32 days. As well as the 8 public holidays there is an additional “Save the Children Day” of annual leave coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.


Pension & Life Assurance

New recruits will be automatically enrolled into a Group Personal Pension Plan in their first payroll (with the right to opt out). This applies to everyone aged 22 and above but under state retirement age, earning at least £10,00 p.a. and classed as working in the UK, but employees cannot sacrifice salary if it takes them below the Real Living Wage.

Save the Children UK is signed up to Make My Money Matter, demonstrating our commitment to your pension investment, considering our own values and supporting the building of a better, more sustainable world.

We also offer 3x salary death benefit to all staff.


Remote Equipment Allowance

SCUK offers all Save the Children employees an equipment allowance of up to £120.00, to support with a healthy and safe working space. This can be spent on items such as office furniture or tech equipment.


Employee Benefits Platform

Our Employee Benefit Platform managed by Sodexo gives you the ability to save almost every time you shop including savings on your groceries, high-street shopping, home & garden, new tech, gym membership, holidays, and much, much more. Once registered you will have access to over 6,000 deals.

Life Change Benefits

Maternity, Adoption Arrangements

Maternity / Adoption Arrangements

After working for Save the Children for six months, full and part-time employees are entitled to 21 weeks full maternity/adoption pay. A reduced entitlement applies to staff with less than six months service. All employees, regardless of the length of their employment, are entitled to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave.

Paternity, Adoption Arrangements

Paternity / Adoption Arrangements

After working for Save the Children for six months, full and part-time employees are entitled to 10 weeks full paternity/adoption pay in addition to the statutory 2 weeks paternity pay.

Hours of Work and Flexible Working

Hours of Work and Flexible Working

The standard working week at Save the Children UK is 35 hours. Start and finish times can be agreed between employee and manager. Flexibility of working hours may be required to meet Save the Children’s varying needs. A number of posts are offered on a part-time basis and there is potential for job sharing in some roles.

Special Leave

Special Leave

Up to 10 days per rolling year are permitted (pro rata for part time employees), without loss of earnings or annual leave, when an urgent and exceptional domestic situation or personal crisis arises.

Volunteer Leave

Volunteer Leave

To support the valuable contribution volunteering provides Save the Children UK, we would also like employees to have a chance to volunteer and have new experiences. Employees who wish to take volunteer leave are entitled to three days paid leave per year (pro rata for part-time employees) to undertake volunteering work.

Travel Benefits

season ticket

Season Ticket Loan

Interest free annual season ticket loans are available once your period of probation is complete. The current loan limit is £5,000

Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycle to Work Scheme

Our Cycle to Work Scheme is run by Sodexo in Partnership with Cycle to Work. This unlimited scheme provides a tax efficient way to obtain a bicycle and accessories. Repayments are made over 12 months by means of salary sacrifice in order to obtain full relief from both income tax and National Insurance. To be eligible, employees need to have completed their probationary period and have an employment contract which lasts for at least 12 months from the date the bicycle is collected.

Learning & Development Benefits

Learning & Development

Learning & Development

Our learning and development offer includes an engaging induction when you start, resources to help you build your skills when you need them, bite-sized workshops, and much more. The learning and development offer includes free access to LinkedIn Learning for all staff, coaching, mentoring and qualifications, and is designed to give you the tools you need to take ownership of your development, build your expertise in your area of responsibility and to work effectively with others.

Health & Wellbeing Benefits

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The EAP is a free, confidential service that offers expert advice, information and counselling for all SCUK employees. This covers a wide range of issues including buying a new home, starting a new job, having children, managing money and much more. This service is available around the clock.

Eye care

Eye Care

Save the Children offers vouchers for a full eye examination and single vision CR39 glasses for all UK staff where the staff member feels the use of display screen equipment is affecting their eyesight.

Flu jabs

Flu Jabs

Each year Save the Children arranges for flu jabs to be available for staff over a number of daily slots. More information is released at the time of the offer each year.

Tele Health through AIG Smart Health

Tele Health through AIG Smart Health

With Smart Health, you have unlimited access to online, telephone and video GP appointments as well as a range of health and wellbeing services. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year , the services are also available to your partner and any children up to the age of 21.