Our Benefits

We recognise that your salary is only a part of your whole employment package. Therefore we have developed a broad range of benefits that you could be entitled to when you join us.

These include direct and indirect financial benefits, a range of leave options and tailored development opportunities. Other benefits include discounts with a number of retailers and products, as well as free entry into all of our sites for you and your family.

We regularly review the benefits we offer, so those listed here are subject to change.


Generous Pension Scheme

Your pension is a valuable part of your remuneration package. We provide you with access to a Group Personal Pension Plan with Legal & General. Your employee contributions are a minimum of 4% of basic salary and English Heritage will match your contributions up to a maximum of 10% of your basic salary.

Childcare Vouchers

We are keen to help employees who are working parents. Therefore, we offer a means of alleviating the cost of childcare by enabling you to sacrifice part of your salary in exchange for childcare vouchers, which means that you save money on tax and national insurance.

Commuting Loans

We can provide you with help towards the cost of travel to work with interest free Commuting Loans. These are available for train and coach season tickets, car parking or the purchase of a bicycle.

Leave and work-life balance

Annual Leave

You will have from 25 days on appointment plus bank holidays, increasing with length of service. We also offer the option to purchase up to 10 days additional leave.

Enhanced Maternity/Adoption Pay

English Heritage offers you a generous maternity/adoption package that includes up to 20 weeks at full pay and 19 weeks at the rate of statutory maternity/adoption pay (subject to your length of service and National Insurance contributions).

Enhanced Paternity Pay (new parents' leave)

If you are a new parent, you may take up to 10 days’ paid paternity leave where your partner has recently given birth or adopted a child (subject to your length of service).

Parental Leave

Unpaid parental leave of up to four weeks each year is available for parents of young children or children who are disabled (subject to your length of service and any previous parental leave taken with other employers).

Flexible Working Requests

All English Heritage employees are able to request a formal flexible working arrangement. This is a benefit that is granted subject to management approval and discretion and does depend upon finding a workable solution that also meets the needs of English Heritage.

Options that will be considered include:

  • Change in work pattern
  • Change in number of hours worked
  • Homeworking
  • Special leave

We will provide you with special leave arrangements if you are faced with a personal crisis or an emergency involving a dependant. We can also grant special leave for activities such as public duties or service with the Reserve Forces.

Personal Development

Varied Training Programme

We are keen to support individual development and provide a range of learning experiences to support your needs.

Subscriptions to Professional Bodies

We will reimburse professional subscriptions that are relevant and essential to your role.


Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

We provide you with access to a free and confidential EAP. {roviding you with confidential practical help and counselling on a wide range of issues including marital and family problems, bereavement, health or psychological problems, financial matters, and legal and consumer disputes, such as parking charges or disputes with builders.

Occupational Health (OH) Service

This provides access to health professionals with particular expertise about the relationship between health and work.

Free Eye Tests

We will reimburse you for the cost of eye tests if you are a user of Visual Display Units (computer screens).

Enhanced Sick Pay

We provide generous sick pay provisions.


Access to English Heritage Sites and Buildings

Free entry to all of our historic places for you, your partner and up to six children (under the age of 19). We also provide discounts for the wide range of events our sites run throughout the year.

English Heritage retail discounts

  • 25% discount for employees on English Heritage goods and souvenirs, internal/external publications
  • 25% discount on English Heritage Gift of Memberships – this means you can treat your friends and families to an English Heritage Membership

Discount on English Heritage holiday cottages

We have a number of holiday cottages throughout the country. Employees are able to use these facilities at a discounted cost. 10% discount throughout the year and 20% discount if booked within three weeks of arrival date.

Entry discounts to other heritage sites in Wales and Scotland

For more information on heritage sites in Wales, please visit the Cadw website, and in Scotland, please visit the Historic Scotland website.

Little Greene, 20% discount

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Up to 20% off new Vodafone UK plans

You and up to five friends or family can make savings on phone, SIM only and tablet price plans.

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