Benefits of working for us

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What we can offer you

Competitive salary

We offer competitive salaries which are benchmarked against similar organisations and are reviewed annually. RNIB have committed to paying Living Wage Foundation pay rates to their staff. 

Excellent pension schemes

We also offer a generous pension scheme, known as the RNIB Retirement Benefits Scheme (“the Scheme”). 

You can choose from three contribution levels and receive an employer contribution between 5 percent and 11 percent depending on the level of contributions you make.  

We assess our workforce when they start with us in order to meet our obligations under pensions automatic enrolment legislation. If you meet the automatic enrolment criteria, you’ll be given membership of the Scheme and will pay contributions of 4 percent using pension plus and receive a 5 percent contribution from RNIB and will have your contributions invested in the Scheme default fund (please refer to the Scheme investment guide for more information). 

BucksVision employees can join the staff pension scheme immediately and contribute up to 6 percent of gross earnings which BucksVision will match. The scheme is the Flexible Retirement Plan invested and administered by TPT (formerly The Pensions Trust). You will be automatically enrolled immediately but you will have the option to increase your contributions or leave the scheme should you wish to opt out. 

For CIB employees, if you are eligible you’ll be automatically enrolled into the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) workplace pension scheme. NEST is a straightforward pension scheme that gives you one retirement pot for life.

All eligible teaching staff will be automatically enrolled into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). You will have the option to opt out.

Details relating to TPS can be found by clicking through to their website.

All non-teaching staff employed on a Specialist Learning Trust contract will be given the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).  You will have the option to opt out.

Competitive holiday entitlement

Our holiday entitlement starts at 26 days per year plus bank holidays which increases with service. 

Annual Leave Trading

In April of each year, eligible employees will have the opportunity to sell up to 5 days leave back to the organisation.  Alternatively to buy up to an additional 5 days annual leave at any time throughout the year. 

Maternity/Adoption Leave/Paternity

In addition to the statutory maternity leave entitlement for staff, we also provide an enhanced maternity/adoption benefit for staff that have more than 1 years service.  We provide up to 2 weeks full paid paternity leave to staff whose partner is pregnant.

Sickness Leave

In addition to the statutory sickness leave entitlement, we also provide occupational sickness pay for staff that have over 3 months service, which increases in line with service.

Flexible working arrangements

We offer a wide range of flexible working hours, including flexi-time and time off in lieu for many posts. Each new member of staff will be given a laptop to make working flexibly easy. 

Life Assurance

Members of the RNIB Retirement Benefit Scheme will receive 6 times annual salary Life Assurance cover. All other staff will receive 4 times annual salary cover. 

Assistance with travel costs 

We also offer our employees interest-free season ticket loans for rail and bus travel and car parking, following the successful completion of their probation period.

In-house training and development opportunities 

Throughout the RNIB, we understand the value of developing our employees’ skills and knowledge. Therefore, we invest a lot of resources every year in order to offer our staff a wide range of in-house training and development opportunities, including the opportunity to apply for interest-free loans for external job-related training.  As part of our development and support initiatives, we promote coaching, mentoring, secondments and job shadowing.

Employee Assistance Programme

The RNIB also offers free of charge an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Helpline, which is confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all RNIB employees, their immediate family members (living in the same household) and dependent children.

Free eye tests for all staff members

All RNIB staff are entitled to a regular eye test, paid for by the organisation.

RNIB Rewards

Our employee discounts platform gives you access to offers at over 800 in-store and online retailers, including many you know and love. From shopping to family days out, discounted cinema tickets to travel, we’ve got it covered. 

Cycle to Work scheme

RNIB offers the Cycle2work/Cycleplus scheme to all employees, providing the opportunity to purchase a new bike with a tax saving. 

Health Cash Plans

Holiday Saturday Fund (HSF) Health Cash Plan is an easy and affordable way to help you spread the cost of health care not covered free by the NHS. The HSF health plan is an inexpensive health cash plan which helps to cover the cost of health care for you and your family.

O2 Discounts

We've teamed up with O2 so your employee benefits include up to 25 per cent off an O2 Refresh Airtime Plan. It's not just limited to mobile phones either - you can get the discount on tablets and mobile broadband devices too.

Pearson Fund

The Pearson Fund, also known as the 'Hardship Fund', is RNIB's Staff Benevolent Fund. It’s open to all RNIB employees and makes small gifts of money, vouchers or flowers to nominated RNIB employees who are experiencing acute financial hardship, illness or other challenging life events. The fund receives money through donations from staff and each pound donated is matched by the RNIB.