The standard working week for full time staff is 37 hours, with a minimum 30 minute unpaid lunch break each day. We have a range of formal and informal flexible working options, and offer generous paid leave.
Flexible working enables teams and individuals to manage work-life balance, while ensuring the organisation is able to work effectively. Options include:
- part-time hours
- compacted hours
- non-standard working hours
- ad hoc working from home
- job sharing
- flexible working hours
- Generous annual leave
Annual leave is 25 days per year on joining The National Lottery Community Fund plus bank holidays, rising by one day every year of employment up to a total of 30 days. An additional three days of leave is given every year – normally at Christmas. Your entitlement will vary according to your date of appointment, and is pro-rata for part-time employees.
Salary progression is based on the percentage increase allocated by HM Treasury on an annual basis. In addition to your salary, we offer several financial benefits.
The Fund operates two pension schemes, Alpha, our Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) and a Partnership Pension Scheme with Legal & General.
For Alpha, the employer’s contribution is between 26.6% and 30.3% and the employee contributions rates are between 4.6% and 8.05% depending on salary.
For Partnership, the employer’s contribution rate is between 8% to 14.75% of your earnings. You do not have to contribute to this scheme, but if you do, the Fund will match your contributions up to 3% of your pensionable pay.
We offer an inexpensive healthcare cash plan that looks after you and your family, providing a range of positive health and wellbeing benefits. Even better, it also takes care of the money side of things with cash payments towards costs such as dental and optical bills, prescription charges and even hospital stays.
Health and wellbeing
We recognise that keeping our people happy and healthy enables us to be a more effective organisation and make The National Lottery Community Fund a better place to work.
Eye tests and glasses
All VDU users are eligible to a free eye test on appointment and at regular intervals thereafter. If as a result of the eye test you are prescribed special equipment or glasses for VDU use, we will pay the cost of basic lenses and frames within certain maximum limits.
Employee Assistance Programme
All our employees have access to a confidential employee assistance programme, which provides information and advice on a wide range of topics affecting your work or personal life.
Employee Discount Scheme
We provide a discount benefits scheme that offers a wide range of discounts helping you save money off shopping, excursions, holidays and much more.
To promote healthier journeys to work and support our social and environmental aspirations, we offer the chance to participate in the Government initiated cycle to work scheme. Bicycles are bought by us and loaned to you for a 12-month period, during which time you repay the amount via salary sacrifice, reducing your tax and National Insurance contributions.
Season Ticket and Rental Deposit Loan
Once you have worked with us for a month you are eligible to apply for an interest free season ticket loan of up to £5,000, or a rental deposit loan up to the maximum of one month's salary.
Give As You Earn
You can support your favourite charity or charities via the Give As You Earn Direct Donation Scheme, which is deducted straight from your pay. Giving direct from your pay is tax-free and the causes you care about benefit from your regular support.
Paid maternity/adoption leave
Staff who are eligible for statutory maternity pay will receive full pay for the first 22 weeks of their maternity leave, plus enhanced pay benefits.
Paid paternity leave
Staff who are eligible for statutory paternity pay will receive 10 days full pay, plus enhanced pay benefits.
Paid shared parental leave
We also offer the option of shared parental leave with enhanced pay, for eligible staff.
Paid parental leave
Staff who have worked with us for one year are entitled to one week's parental leave on full pay per year if they have one or more child under the age of eight. This is in addition to their annual leave entitlement.
Paid volunteering leave
Employees can request up to two days paid leave per year for volunteering.
Paid public duty leave
Staff may take up to 18 days paid leave per year to undertake public duties.
Unpaid career break
Staff with two years service can request an unpaid career break of up to 50 weeks every five years to undertake study leave, a sabbatical, volunteering, travel or to spend an extended period with their children beyond their parental leave entitlement.
The Learning and Development team at The Fund play a critical role in developing our people to keep you engaged, equipped and empowered to reach your potential.
Coaching and mentoring
We are working to establish a coaching culture at The National Lottery Community Fund through workshops, advice and guides, 1:1 sessions and our own coaching network.
If you are in a post where membership to a professional association or organisation is directly related to your job function, you can claim for reimbursement of the subscription fees, to the maximum of one subscription per annum.