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Benefits of Working for the Commission

Annual leave▪ 31 days annual leave per year
▪ 2 privilege days
▪ 8 public holidays.

Annual leave and entitlement to public and privilege holidays are calculated on a pro-rata basis for part time staff.
Hours of workOur standard weekly working hours are 37 excluding lunch breaks but including a “wellbeing hour” (pro rata for staff working part time) to be spent on something that contributes to your health and wellbeing.
Flexi schemeWe operate a flexible working hours scheme which is open to all staff. This includes having flexible start and finish times (within certain “core hours”) between 7am and 7pm.
PensionWe offer successful candidates the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements. These include generous employer contributions, member contribution rates which are among the lowest in the public sector, and a secure, inflation-proof pension for life with no investment uncertainty. Further information about Civil Service Pensions is available at www.civilservice-pensions.gov.uk
LocationThe Commission’s office is located at the National Library for Wales in Aberystwyth which offers an excellent location and working environment including:

▪ Free on-site parking
▪ A subsidised restaurant
▪ Staff discount in the National Library shop.
COVID-19 working arrangementsUnder normal circumstances all of our staff work out of our office in Aberystwyth. At the present time however, our staff are complying with the Welsh Government request to work remotely when they can in order to minimise the risk from the Covid pandemic. This is a temporary arrangement and does not constitute a change to our designated place of work.
 
We review the situation regularly and once restrictions are eased, and staff start to return to normal office-based working, we will be looking at changing our existing arrangements to allow staff the opportunity to request a more flexible way of working. This could be in the form of smart working, where staff work part of their time in the office and part of their time remotely, or homeworking where staff work at home for the majority of their working hours.
 
Please be aware that all roles at the Commission are and will continue to be based in the UK and not overseas.
Training and developmentWe provide excellent training and development opportunities for all staff and comprehensive induction training for staff new to the Commission. We currently offer weekly Welsh classes during working hours for those staff who are keen to improve their Welsh language skills.
 
Staff are eligible to apply for up to 5 days paid Special Leave (pro rata) per annum to undertake volunteering activities.
Family friendly working practicesWe offer a range of family friendly working practices including enhanced maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave schemes.
Travel and subsistenceWe pay staff expenses (travel and subsistence) for out of office working.
Time in lieuStaff are eligible for “time in lieu” for out of office working (e.g., fieldwork or attending events), with time and a half/double time for weekend working.
ClothingFor roles that include fieldwork, we provide staff with their own outdoor/safety clothing.
Health benefitsWe offer:

▪ Free eye tests
▪ A significant contribution towards new spectacles if you require them to do your job
▪ Free access to our Employee Assistance Programme which includes a staff counselling service
▪ Eligibility for discounted membership at the Aberystwyth Sports Centre
▪ Eligibility for membership of the Civil Services Sports Council (CSSC), which offers sports, leisure offers, member benefits and retail discounts.
Social partnershipWe have an active union (Prospect) which promotes and protects the interests of its members. The relationship between us as employer and the union is based on social partnership.

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