As well as a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days (rising to 40 days with continuous service) our staff have access to a range of other excellent benefits:
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The House of Commons Staff Pension Scheme (HOCSPS) is open to all staff and provides high quality benefits. The HOCSPS is similar to the Civil Service Pension Scheme, and includes the option of a defined benefit occupational pension scheme or a money purchase scheme. Further details are available on request.
Staff with childcare responsibilities are entitled to Childcare Vouchers/Playscheme Vouchers (subject to certain criteria). The scheme is run by Childcare Vouchers Ltd.
The House of Commons is committed to supporting staff who wish to work flexibly and we support a range of alternative working patterns across the organisation. We cannot guarantee that all of our posts are suitable for flexible working, but we will be happy to discuss your requirements, and will do our best to find a solution that balances your needs with those of the House.
A Trade Union can support claims and represent points of view of individuals on questions affecting welfare and terms and conditions of service, and staff are strongly encouraged to join. There are four main unions recognised by the House: PCS, GMB, Prospect, and the FDA. Each Union has different benefits, including individual advice, legal help, loans, insurance and other non-work related services.
Contact TUSA@parliament.uk for information on how to join.
Every department of the House has a budget for staff development, and employees are actively supported in undertaking training or study that will improve their skills to the benefit of the House.
Interest-free loans can be provided for season tickets for travel between home and office within certain limits. These are available to staff when they have completed two months of service.
Interest-free loans can be provided for bicycles for travel between home and office within certain limits. These are available to staff when they have completed two months of service.
Staff have access to a range of cafes, bars and restaurants catering for all preferences and budgets and budgets in both traditional and contemporary surroundings.
The Houses of Parliament Sports and Social Club is open to all staff with a permanent security pass. There is a small annual subscription. The club’s facilities include a bar with hot and cold snacks.
Membership of the in-house gym is available to employees for a subscription fee. Facilities include, saunas, steam room and a fully equipped gym with weights, resistance machines and an array of cardiovascular equipment.
Other benefits include the use of 2 post offices, a travel office and facilities for prayer and contemplation, as well as access to many areas of the historic Palace of Westminster.