Terms and conditions of service
Head Office, UK
We believe that our people are our key asset. Ultimately it is only through talented and committed staff that we can effectively deliver practical answers to our beneficiaries and influence others to build on our philosophy to deliver practical answers to poverty.
We recognise that people seek balance between their work and home commitments and in our terms and conditions of service we seek to recognise that.
Salaries are paid two weeks in advance, two weeks in arrears directly into bank account. They are usually paid in the 15th of every month, however if the 15th of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday, then they are paid in on the previous Friday.
Contracted hours are 35 hours per week. Although formal attendance times are 9am to 5pm, with an hour for lunch, we operate a flexitime system. Core attendance times are 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm.
Practical Action holiday runs from January to December. The annual leave entitlement is 25 days, of which either two or three days have to be reserved for Christmas Eve and between Christmas and New Year, when the office closes.
Other leave allowances
- Increased maternity, paternity and parental leave in line with statutory increases
- 3 days paid dependency leave.
- Up to 10 days compassionate leave
- One week unpaid leave for any purpose other than paid employment (after 12 months service)
Practical Action runs a childcare voucher scheme, which can save you tax on childcare costs. Childcare Vouchers cover children up to 16 years of age. They are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance Contributions. Vouchers can be used to pay for a wide range of childcare provision, but all carers who receive vouchers as payment must either be registered with Ofsted or the equivalent authority for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland or have approved status.
There is a standard probationary period of three months for all new employees. During this period we are happy to honour previously booked holiday arrangements but otherwise, it is appreciated if no lengthy holidays are taken during this period.
During your probation period, the length of notice period is shortened, to a week or month’s notice either side, depending on grade of your job. You will receive a full induction into the job and the organisation, and will be fully briefed on our performance management process. At the end of probation, you and your line manager will conduct an appraisal interview that will form the basis for your performance and development agreement over the next 12 months
Practical Action operates a unit-linked Stakeholder pension from AEGON. New employees join the scheme from day one of employment. The employer contributes 10% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
We recognise MSF (Manufacturing, Science and Finance), which is now a part of Unite. Union membership is not compulsory.
Performance Management process
Practical Action has developed a comprehensive, competency-based performance management process, which aims to provide personal and professional development as well as the optimum level of management support.
Performance management is a process that effects and is affected by every aspect of running the organisation.
It is continuous process, not a once a year event. It emphasises the input (behaviour) as well as output (achievement) of objectives. It concerns all of us in Practical Action, worldwide. We all own it. It is number of inter-linked processes rather than a single system. Our culture, purpose and values all contribute to its shape and delivery.
You will be briefed on the process during your probationary period and the end of probation review will be your starting point with the process.
Bike to Work scheme
Practical Action participates in the Bike to Work scheme. This is a government sponsored initiative designed to encourage bicycle usage as part of their Green Transport Plan.
The scheme offers employees a tax advantage that means the cost of buying a bicycle is reduced by 30 to 45%. The scheme operates via a hire agreement between the member of staff and Practical Action; further details can be obtained from the HR Unit.
Business-related expenses paid as per the expense policy. Generally receipts are required. Mileage is paid at 40p per mile.
A kit allowance paid each April, depending on the number of weeks spent out of the UK. All other reasonable expenses covered by expense policy as above.
In line with recent legislation, Bourton Hall is a non-smoking environment.