At Publica we want our employees to feel appreciated. We strive to be an organisation where people want to come to work and we care about making sure our staff feel valued and supported. We know that our employees deliver a great service and we recognise their efforts with a variety of staff benefits.
We’ve highlighted some of our main benefits below but when you join us we’ll tell you more through our online induction programme, it’s our way of making you feel welcome.
Work life balance
We know there is more to life than work. We also know that your life outside of work doesn’t always fit nicely around traditional working hours. At Publica we provide you, whenever we can, with choice and flexibility to work from home and work flexibly to help you balance your life, and make it work, in the way you want to. Currently, all our staff (if the role permits) are working from home until further notice.
We support agile working so in partnership with our shareholder councils, we create a positive, flexible working environment that supports an efficient and effective approach to work. We allow our people to make the best use of their time and skills, which in turn makes the best use of the councils’ property, and resources too. We provide modern technology and foster a culture of trust.
We do our best to be flexible with when and where you work; catching up on work in the evening so that you can attend sports day, or going for a run at lunchtime. We believe in grown-up working. Meeting our customers’ needs is our priority, so as long as we do that; we can make work fit around us.
Our annual leave policy gives you 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays. We also give you two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice. In addition we provide further choice over holiday allowances through our buy and sell holiday option. If you want a little less holiday in exchange for other benefits you can have it, or the other way around.
Health and wellbeing
Your physical and mental health is important to us. We want you to have access to subsidised gym memberships, health screening, financial advice and a supportive working environment. Helping you to reduce stress and keep well.
Everyone at Publica can have free access to our Employee Assistance Programme which offers up to eight free one-to-one counselling sessions if you ever need them. There are also lots of useful fact sheets and free telephone advice.
We offer all employees free access to Level 1 medical cover with our health provider Medicash. This allows you to claim back some or all of the cost for many day to day expenses up to the limits under this cover. You can also add up to four dependent children at no extra cost, with each child being able to claim half of the adult entitlement in addition to your full entitlement for yourself.
You can download the Medicash app on your phone or tablet and access all the services from there.
You can pay for increased cover or pay to add your partner on to the scheme if you want to. You will be able to claim back for eye tests and flu jabs as well as money spent on routine dentistry treatment and some alternative therapies up to the respective yearly limits. You can book physiotherapy and osteopathy appointments without a GP referral, and have access to the virtual GP and prescription services.
Education and personal development
Your career plans may be to move up and take on greater responsibility, it may be to move to a new function and change direction or you may just want to get better at the job you do. Whatever your plans we’ll give you the support, coaching, mentoring or training you need to get there. Stimulating lectures, work opportunities and secondments all form part of the development mix on offer.
At Publica training isn’t prescribed, you own and take responsibility for your development. All you need is the desire and commitment to do it. At the end of the day, it’s up to you which direction you want to go in.
Family and dependants
We understand that you have to juggle life outside of work and we don’t want you pulled in two directions when those commitments demand some of your time. Whether you have a new baby, childcare responsibilities or look after an elderly or sick relative we’ll support you. We provide options for parental leave, flexible working and time off for emergencies.
Working for Publica also gives you access to lots of discounts and deals with retailers, travel agencies, will writers, restaurants, theme parks and sports and leisure facilities and you can take advantage of these through the portal.
We recognise and celebrate contribution. When somebody goes the extra mile on a regular basis we notice. Our approach to recognition is inclusive. Anyone can nominate a team or individual at any level or in any function across the company. What’s important is a positive attitude and a strong commitment to deliver our business objectives.
Travel and cars
We have negotiated a great deal with one of the UKs lease car providers and through our salary sacrifice scheme, you can lease a car at a cost that fits your budget. The process is easy and simple as the payments come straight out of your salary each month. It’s not just cars, we provide access to the cycle to work scheme where you can lease a bike if that’s more your style.
If you need to use your car to travel for work we have a generous mileage allowance of 45p per mile that we pay to cover your costs or if you choose to travel via public transport we reimburse your ticket cost.
We don’t have different levels for different employees, we have one approach for everyone that supports our ethos of being consistent and fair.
We spend a lot of time working, so having a great working environment is important whether that’s in the office or working from home. Wherever you are working, it should be somewhere that is comfortable and inviting but also encourages creativity, collaboration and different working styles.
We have several office locations (Cheltenham, Cirencester, Coleford, and Witney) and we’re lucky that these are in some of the most beautiful parts of the British countryside. We have charming stone cottages, historic woodland, fine dining and the meandering rivers the Severn and the Wye.
We provide safe places to park your bike if you are cycling into work and some of our office locations are easy to get to using public transport. If you are driving into work then parking is available on site and is usually free.
Financial security and pensions
Let’s talk about finances, after all they’re important. We’ve developed a wide range of financial benefits which we think cover most of the things that are important to our staff. We all want a certain level of financial security but what we want in terms of financial security and pensions will depend on personal circumstances.
In the early years, maximising your earnings to save for a house, travel or have fun may be your biggest priority. Later you may want greater financial protection in the form of life and critical illness insurance and a plan for your retirement income.
Sometimes managing money and deciding on the right financial products can be tricky so we offer all employees’ free access to our online financial tool called MyEva (and a free 30 minute telephone conversation with a financial consultant). Logging on to MyEva will provide you access to help and advice on all things financial including: savings, debt management, mortgages and managing your money. You will also be able to view your pension contribution pot and keep a check that you are on track for your retirement goals
Speaking of pensions we should tell you that we contribute 5% of your earnings to your pension scheme and you have the choice of contributing 5% or a higher amount if you wish.
We think income protection is also important to some of you and for those of you over 16 that meet the criteria we offer income protection and will pay you up to 50% of your salary for up to five years should you ever need it due to being off work with illness or injury for more than a year.
We also have a group life assurance policy which means that we can offer our employees (subject to meeting criteria) some financial peace of mind with a payment to your loved one of up to four times your annual salary should the worst happen.
Pay and progression
A great job is much more than just great pay, but it helps. We are transparent and clear about what we pay and what you need to do to earn it. Great people are key to our success so we try our best to make sure we can attract and retain great people by paying competitively. We regularly review and benchmark our salaries and benefit packages against other similar employers in our area.