The Benefits of Working for Us

Benefits of Working for Us

At the NOC we know that the quality of our work and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people.

We know that there are many reasons why they enjoy working here, including

  • The significance and scale of our mission – ‘to make sense of changing seas, upon which future human wealth and wellbeing depend’
  • The NOC’s reputation and ambition – ‘to be one of the top three Oceanographic Institutes in the world’
  • The high-quality research facilities, equipment and technology available to support our work
  • Experienced, skilled, renowned and widely-networked colleagues to collaborate with
  • Exciting projects and opportunities to make an impact.

In support of our people we strive to

  • Have a strong, vibrant culture, with clear leadership, values and expectations, where people are well managed (as reflected in our Investors in People accreditation); in our 2016 Employee Engagement survey 81% said that they were proud to work for NOC
  • Develop talent, through many opportunities for learning and development, and career progression
  • Build a positive workplace, with a strong commitment to equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and inclusiveness. One third of our people, working across the diverse activities of science, engineering, technology, marine, professional, administrative and support activities, are women. Over 15% of our people are from countries around the world, and 16 different EU countries are represented. Around 3% of our people are BAME.  
  • Promote welfare and wellbeing, employee voice, family friendly policies, and excellent working conditions – 80% of respondents to the Engagement Survey said that they believed that ‘NOC respects individual differences (e.g., cultures, working styles, backgrounds, ideas) and only 4% disagreed
  • Reward and recognise achievements fairly within the resources available.

Our benefits package also aims to support the vision of our comprehensive People Strategy, which is to make the NOC a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work.

Benefits with a financial value

  • All employees are automatically enrolled onto ‘Nuvos’, the name of the current version of the Research Council Pension Scheme (RCPS), which is a mirror of the Civil Service Scheme – this is a defined benefits scheme that provides a pension linked to your pensionable earnings, increased each year in line with inflation; it is highly valued by our people
  • We have pay structures that no longer have automatic incremental progression steps, but which include maxima that allow for annual consolidated increases over a period of time – there is an opportunity to earn one-off bonuses for exceptional work, and pay flexibility in certain circumstances
  • For certain groups of staff there is a ‘Merit Promotion’ scheme which enables you to be promoted to a higher grade without applying for another job
  • Generous annual leave entitlements mean that full-time employees benefit from 30 days per annum in addition to the standard public holidays, and there are also 2.5 non-statutory holidays and 3.5 ‘closure days’; entitlements are pro-rated for part-time staff
  • Salary sacrifice schemes operated by the NOC include
    • childcare vouchers free of tax and NI deductions, to pay for registered childcare
    • cycle to work scheme to enable the discounted purchase of bicycles, and in Southampton a monthly ‘bike doctor’ surgery offers a free MOT service and discounted repairs
  • There is free and secure on-site parking at Southampton, and car park season tickets from the University of Liverpool, and car-share schemes run at both sites
  • You can get an interest free season-ticket loan to help with travel to work by public transport
  • Staff at both sites have access to a great range of benefits and discounts through the Research Councils UK benefits portal, which offers over 6500 discounts available from retailers, cinemas and holiday companies. Discounts for and access to gym facilities is available through our partners.

Non-financial benefits

  • The NOC is a flexible and family friendly employer, with flexible working options available including a flexi-time system, and the opportunity to seek part-time working, regular home-working and compressed hours; special leave, sabbaticals and career breaks may also be supported
  • Maternity and paternity support provisions, parental and carers leave, and adoption leave are all in line with public sector best practice
  • Welfare Support is provided via an internal welfare counselling service, and access to a professional Occupational Health service
  • Access to Health Shield – one of the UK’s leading providers of health cash plans, which can help cover the cost of everyday healthcare needs
  • The NOC is committed to supporting the development of its people, and has a performance and development review process to help ensure this happens systematically – there is an opportunity to hold regular career discussions
  • The NOC uses the Investors in People Standard to continually improve the way we lead, manage and develop people in order to achieve high-performance
  • The NOC is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter to promote the recruitment and career progression of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics, and is committed to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

General information

  • Both of our sites are centrally located with excellent public transport links. Our stunning waterside location in Southampton also has an on-site cafe
  • The National Oceanographic Library is based at the Southampton site and provides a library and information to the whole marine community. The NOC Liverpool Reference Library also has a collection of books and journals.