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’ delivering public benefit by contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge of the ocean
  • The NOC’s reputation and ambition – ‘to be seen as the world's most innovative oceanographic institution' 
  • 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. Over 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 outside the UK with more than 35 countries represented. Around 4% 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 new employees are automatically enrolled onto a defined contribution scheme provided by Legal and General. For each scheme member the NOC pays 10% of pensionable earnings and the employee pays a minimum of 5%.
  • Generous annual leave entitlements mean that full-time employees benefit from 28 days per annum, increasing with time served. In addition staff also get the standard public 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 affordable parking on offer in Liverpool.
  • 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 our portal, which offers 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 best practice
  • Welfare Support is provided via an internal welfare counselling service, as well as access to our employee assistance programme (EAP) for staff and their spouses together with  a professional Occupational Health service provision
  • 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.
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