Rewards and Benefits

We offer a package that recognises the value you bring to our organisation and provides you with a range of tools to help you achieve the best possible work-life balance. Whatever your age or personal circumstances, there are rewards to fit you and your lifestyle. The aim is to give you the support you need to enjoy your work and perform at your best.


Work Life Balance

  • Flexible 30 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays and 2.5 privilege days
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Subsidised restaurant and coffee outlets
  • Paid Emergency Leave
  • Enhanced Maternity, shared parental, maternity support/paternity and adoption pay
  • Parental Leave
  • Access to My Family Care – emergency dependents care
  • Workplace Nurseries*
  • Career Breaks

Health and Welfare

  • Access to confidential counselling service
  • Cycle-2-work scheme
  • On-site health club** and sports facilities ***
  • Health promotion programmes
  • Discount scheme including high street and grocery discounts and travel offers
  • Free car parking****


  • Defined benefit career average pension scheme
  • Enhanced contractual sick pay
  • Employee recognition scheme
  • In year and end of year bonus schemes
  • Overtime arrangement
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Family friendly contracts
  • Travel Season ticket salary advances
  • Rent deposit salary advances
  • Give as you earn

Families at STFC

STFC knows that many of its employees have important responsibilities outside of work. As a family-friendly employer, STFC promotes healthy work-life balance and flexibility for all parents and carers.

As well as flexible working patterns and 30 days annual leave plus bank/privilege holidays, STFC employees can also access:

For parents

  • 12 months’ maternity, adoption or surrogacy leave (including 26 weeks’ full pay)
  • 2 weeks’ maternity support leave (paternity leave)
  • Paid shared parental leave (rate dependent on eligibility)
  • Special leave to support family emergencies
  • Tax-free childcare
  • Nurseries onsite or in close distance of most sites
  • Parent Group – a safe space to share experiences/resources and influence wider policy

For carers

  • Special leave to support family emergencies
  • Carers’ Network – a safe space to share experiences/resources and influence wider policy
  • Carers Support Group – an informal place to chat about shared experiences of caring
  • Carers’ Passport – an informal, confidential plan that staff and managers can use to hold a supportive conversation and document the flexibilities needed to support that person in combining their important caring and work responsibilities

*Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Swindon Office only – waiting list applies;

** Daresbury Laboratory only; *** Rutherford Appleton Laboratory only.

**** waiting list at Swindon Office

“The flexibility I have at STFC enables me to balance my career with my own wellbeing and what’s best for my family. Early starts and finishes and the ability to sometimes work from home, lets me focus on my job, avoid the nightmare commute, and spend quality time with my daughter.”