Future Cities Catapult recognises that our success is determined by fostering a working environment that allows all employees to thrive. We are committed to creating a workplace that embraces flexibility and to providing a working environment which promotes employee engagement and wellbeing.
Who doesn’t want more time off? We value a good work/life balance so whether you’re spending time with family and friends over a roast turkey, or lying on the beach with a picnic and beach hat, we’ll give you 3 extra days’ off over the Christmas period.
This is on top of the current annual leave allowance of 25 days’ leaving you with more time to enjoy the festive season and be merry!
It might seem like a long way off, however a defined pension contribution is a smart and tax efficient way to save towards your retirement. Here at Future Cities Catapult, we have an excellent Group Personal Pension scheme with Scottish Widows available to you. Our scheme offers double-matched employer pension contributions of up to 10%.
This means that the employer contribution will be twice what you make into the pension plan. It is a great way of saving for your future and building a nest egg for your retirement. We also provide employees with regular pension information sessions so you can have all your questions answered!
Did you know that:
- There are more than 200 viruses responsible for causing a cold?
- While a person’s breath can travel 4.5 feet per second, droplets from a sneeze can travel at about 100 miles per hour?
Interesting, right? Everyone gets sick from time to time, and when you are feeling under the weather we want you to be assured that you can take the time o you need to get better, and return to work fit and well. Future Cities Catapult offers a generous company sick pay scheme to support our employees when they are feeling most vulnerable:
We’ve teamed up with Westfield Health to offer you a range of generous health and wellbeing cash plans. This benefit allows you to be reimbursed for a wide range of both essential and everyday healthcare expenses, for example, up to £100 on dental and optical, up to £600 on therapy treatment like osteopathy or acupuncture.
The plan also offers an Employee Assistance Programme (telephone helpline), discounted gym memberships and can save you money on everyday shopping (such as Sainsbury’s, M&S and other retail outlets)!
Pre-existing conditions are covered with no qualifying periods, meaning you can start claiming back after your first month of employment with us.
Future Cities Catapult cares for the health and wellbeing of our employees in many ways. Eye care is important for our employees, so we provide free eye examination vouchers which enable you to get your eyes tested once a year at Boots, saving you £30 on the appointment.
MATERNITY, ADOPTION AND SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE
Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Having a new addition to your family is a wonderful and joyous occasion and we understand that you will need some time to settle into your new family routine. We value family friendly working practices, and in addition to our flexible working scheme, we’re offering all eligible employees an enhanced maternity, adoption & shared parental pay.
This means you will receive:
We also have something in store for our new dads and secondary caregivers: You will receive a 100% of your salary for the whole duration of leave, whether you choose to take 1 or 2 weeks.
ZURICH LIFE ASSURANCE SCHEME
Losing a loved one is never easy and understandably it’s not something we like to think of, however we want you to know we’re there for your loved ones should the worst happen. Our Life Assurance scheme with Zurich Assurance covers 4x the annual rate of basic salary as a lump sum payment in the event of your death whilst in service. You are entitled to the scheme from your first date of employment and the scheme is fully funded by Future Cities Catapult.
CYCLE TO WORK SCHEME
‘Get on your bike’ with us and save valuable journey time and money with our cycle-to-work scheme. In partnership with Cycle Scheme, we’re offering you the opportunity to save on the cost of a new bike! Sign up with just four easy steps – you’ll be beating the traffic, getting healthy and saving the environment in no time!
Finding the right work / life balance whilst caring for your little one (or three!) can be a bit of a juggle at the best of times. Child care vouchers give working parents some additional support to balance their household budget. You can purchase child care vouchers out of your pre-tax income up to the value of £55 a week! This means that the part of your gross salary you exchange for your childcare vouchers is tax-free and exempt from National Insurance contributions. Who doesn’t like extra money in the pocket?
We hire innovative, future-thinkers, who love technology and want access to the latest gadgets. So, we’re offering our employees the chance to purchase any IT equipment up to the value of £2,000 by opting into repayments via payroll deductions. What’s best of all is that it’s all interest free – putting extra change back into your pocket. That’s what we like to call a result!
Giving to a charitable cause that you are passionate about is a rewarding way to help those in need. Our Payroll Giving Scheme is a flexible option which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give back to their charity of choice on a regular basis from your pre-tax income – helping your money go further to those who need it the most.
Although we can’t prevent the outbreak of seasonal flu, we can offer you a flu vaccination to minimise your chances of being infected by it. As long as the majority of employees opt into getting a vaccination, we will arrange a free nurse visit to provide a quick immune-boost – all on our premises and without you having to step outside in the autumn cold, or wait for a doctor’s appointment. We survey our employees in August each year to understand the level of demand.
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
We run foundation & managerial skills training for our employees, and we’re committed to supporting your ongoing professional development as well! Providing access to learning opportunities is an important way in which we support the professional development of our employees and ensure their careers thrive.
HEALTH & WELLBEING CASH PLANS
We’ve teamed up with Westfield Health to offer you a range of generous health and wellbeing cash plans. This benefit allows you to be reimbursed for a wide range of both essential and everyday healthcare expenses, for example, up to £100 on dental and optical, up to £600 on therapy treatment like osteopathy or acupuncture. The plan also offers an Employee Assistance Programme (telephone helpline), discounted gym memberships and can save you money on everyday shopping (such as Sainsbury’s, M&S and other retail outlets)! Pre-existing conditions are covered with no qualifying periods, meaning you can start claiming back after your first month of employment with us.