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Benefits of working at RNIB

RNIB prides itself on being a great place to work. We aim to be a sector-leader in terms of people management and development and, of course, we lead the way in creating employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted people. Working for us means working for one of the UK’s biggest charities, supporting almost two million people living with sight loss in the UK.

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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). 

The RNIB Retirement Benefits Scheme

Our pension scheme available to RNIB employees.

The scheme is arranged under a separate Trust, where the assets and liabilities of the scheme are kept entirely separate from those of RNIB. It has been in existence since 1 April 1973.

Accordingly, the RNIB Retirement Benefits Scheme (RBS) is managed by a board of pension Trustees.

As the scheme has its own Trust, the assets and liabilities of the Scheme are kept entirely separate from those of RNIB.

The scheme is arranged with two sections: one provides a pension, which is related to salary and the employees’ length of service as a member of the Scheme. This section is known as a salary-related or Defined Benefit (DB) and was available to employees with service prior to 31 March 2019.

From 1 April 2019, the scheme opened a new section, which is an investment related section, also known as Defined Contribution (DC) and is invested with and administered by Legal and General, a large and reputable pensions and insurance provider.

Below you will find the documents prepared by the Trustees for the ongoing governance of the scheme which are made available to its members:

Competitive holiday entitlement

Our holiday entitlement starts at 26 days per year plus bank holidays which increases with service.  In April of each year, eligible employees will also 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.


RNIB offers a range of development opportunities to grow your career, including a wide range of apprenticeships.

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. 


We offer all employees a range of initiatives to support their wellbeing, including a wellbeing programme of events, access to mental health first aiders, Financial support provision and an extensive Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition to all of the above, we also offer time away from work to volunteer for RNIB and we also offer a free, basic will writing service.

Payroll Giving

RNIB is also about to launch a new payroll giving scheme, enabling employees to donate to charity through their payroll.

Staff networks

At RNIB, we are proud to support a range of active staff networks. Our networks are run by staff for staff. Open to all RNIB employees, they promote and support our Diversity and Inclusion in our workplace and out culture. The networks are an opportunity for employees who share particular circumstances or characteristics to connect with others around them, share experiences and challenges and challenge our practices to create and promote a more inclusive environment.

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.