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DCMS values its staff and offers a wide range of benefits to everyone who works here.

As a DCMS employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits

A Civil Service Pension with an average 27% employer contribution

26.5 days of annual leave, rising to 31.5 after 5 years of service

Employee benefits system and staff reward and recognition bonuses

Staff wellbeing, flexible working and hybrid working

Exceptional learning and development opportunities

9 months’ full pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave

We are committed to developing talent, and supporting colleagues to have great careers in our department.

To support with that, some of the benefits we offer include:

  • Flexible working arrangements and hybrid working – DCMS staff work on a flexible basis with time spent in offices, and time spent working from home
  • 26.5 days annual leave on entry, increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Access to the Edenred employee benefits system which offers discounts to popular retailers and access to various useful resources such as financial and savings advice
  • 3 days of paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 9 months maternity leave on full pay + generous paternity and adoption leave
  • Staff reward and recognition bonuses that operate throughout the year
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme which offers staff 24/7 confidential support and resources such as counselling, debt guidance and management advice
  • Active and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, Ethnic Diversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality Networks
  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities that you can explore alongside your day to day work
  • Season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and much more!

Terms and conditions at SCS grades will vary. Those applying for SCS roles should refer to the candidate information pack attached to the job advert on Civil Service Jobs for more information on terms and conditions.

“Working compressed hours has without a doubt changed my life. I joined DCMS from a private sector company where overtime was an expectation. After I had my daughter I realised that that lifestyle wouldn’t work for my family but worried about the financial implications of working part-time. When offered the role at DCMS I was consulted on what working pattern would work for me, compressed hours (whereby I earn a full-time salary and work full-time hours but across 4 days instead of 5) made total sense. There are days when I have to leave early to pick up my daughter but having the option to log on later or start work a little earlier takes away any pressure or guilt that working parents sometimes feel!”


Read more about flexible working at DCMS

“When I ended up taking some time off work for my mental health, I knew I needed to do something different in a new environment. I was experiencing low mood and anxiety, and was struggling to sleep at night. At the time, I was only 23. There had to be more to life than doing a job that was not making me happy!

Which is where DCMS came along. My recruitment experience at DCMS was incredibly positive and whilst I didn’t secure the role I initially interviewed for, the feedback was comprehensive and valuable. Soon after, I was onboarded into a different role within DCMS and I haven’t looked back.”


Read more about mental health support at DCMS