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Benefits at Defra

Our aim is to support the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone who works here. Joining Defra means that you’ll have access to a range of benefits that enhance life inside and outside of work.

We offer an attractive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

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  • An occupational pension with an employer contribution of over 26% plus a range of other benefits.
  • Family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and shared parental leave.
  • A comprehensive reward and recognition scheme which includes e-cards, vouchers, discounts, and monetary awards.
  • A discount scheme offering savings on hundreds of retailers, days out and discounted gym membership.
  • Interest free loans for season tickets, tenancy deposit, and bicycles and purchases from Curry’s PC World via Smart Tech.
  • Access to the Financial Education hub which provides money insights through articles, tools, videos, webinars and budgeting tips.
  • A cycle to work scheme, the simple way to get a brand-new bike and accessories, make huge savings and spread the cost.
  • Generous annual holiday allowance of 25 days for new starters, based on full-time work pattern, rising to 30 days over time, plus Bank Holidays. 
  • We also offer an additional day in May – a privilege day – and up to 3 volunteer days. 
  • A supportive work environment which encourages inclusivity and diversity, with a range of local and national employee networks which you can join.
  • Sports and Social Club, with a wide range of subsidised events and discounts.
  • Flexible working options, including full-time, part-time, job share and hybrid working for some roles.
  • Employee Assistance Programme – a free and confidential service providing information and counselling to help with a range of work, family and personal issues.
  • Free access to Headspace which is a mindfulness, meditation and sleep app.
  • Eye care scheme and health cash plan.
  • Access to our Wellbeing Centre which includes home workouts, healthy recipes, guided meditation and financial education.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities, covering technical, managerial and personal skills.
  • Our development offer includes includes training courses, apprenticeships, and leadership development initiatives. 
  • We offer paid leave for exams and will pay membership fees for one relevant professional association.
  • You can gain experience and develop your career here across the Defra group. Joining us also gives you access to a range of career opportunities across the wider Civil Service.