Our biggest and most important resource are our staff and they are at the heart of everything we do, We’re all human (well, most of us!), with busy lives, places to be and families to support, that’s why we ensure that as well as a competitive salary, our employees are offered for with a wide range of fantastic benefits too:
Flexible Working Hours
We understand that 9-5 doesn’t always suit your family commitments, your lifestyle, or your creative output which is why we do our best to accommodate a flexible working patterns that suit you.
When you begin working with us, we make a pension contribution of 1% of your salary, and this rises to 10% once you’ve completed your 6 month probationary period if you make a 5% contribution. If you’re joining us at Director Level you’ll have access to a 15% pension contribution if you contribute a minimum of 5%. (Because we want to make that dream of retiring to a desert island a reality too!)
You get 25 days holiday a year, plus bank holidays. (Holiday photo album showcase on your return isn’t compulsory, but always welcome.)
Personal Learning Account (that’s an allowance to spend on new personal non work related skills!)
Personal Development is really important to us and we want to encourage you to learn as many new skills as you do at work, outside of work too. So, once you complete your probationary period, you’re entitled to a £150 personal learning account every year; this can be spent on any non-work related skills learning, from horse riding, to calligraphy classes, to photography workshops and more! (And if you fancy learning how to bake, we’re always open to cake!)
If you’re a parent, we know that childcare costs can take their toll. That’s why we give you help with childcare through salary exchange; a tax efficient way to save money on registered childcare costs.
Health Cash Plan
Your health and wellbeing is really important (we’ve done our research!) and we encourage you to look after YOU. Our health cash plan means you can claim back the cost of your regular health appointments and treatments, like the dentist or opticians. (Finally, a way to make the dentist a little less painful!) You can also claim back the cost of less frequent health care, such as a visit to a chiropodist or a physiotherapist. Plus, you get access to a GP 24/7 and counselling services, too.
We offer parental benefits that are better than statutory entitlements. If you’ve been with us for two years, new mothers receive 90% of your normal gross monthly salary for the first 12 weeks, and new fathers can take two weeks full pay to be with their family around the birth of the exciting new arrival! These benefits also apply to new parents who have gone through the adoption process.
Private Medical Insurance
At Director level you and your partner are entitled to cover under our Private Medical Insurance scheme. This is a taxable benefit and so you have the option to opt out if you prefer.
What our staff say
CFE is a fantastic company to work for, is highly regarded by our employees and clients alike, consists of a friendly team, a thriving drive for change and many rewarding projects. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our employees are saying:
“I began my research career at CFE and throughout the 9 years I have worked here, I have developed a range of skills that have made me a better researcher and allowed me to progress through the organisation. CFE provides its employees with the opportunity to get involved in tasks across the entire lifespan of a project, which is important to become a well-rounded researcher.”
“We work across the education, economy, health and well-being sectors and it’s very rewarding to think that our work makes a real difference to people’s lives. By working at CFE, you will join a team of talented research professionals and take on a portfolio of projects that have the possibility to have a real impact on people.”
“We carry out really interesting investigations on topical issues – for example, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to cancer patients regarding their physical activity, and the chance to see in further detail workings of the government’s policy to get more people from underrepresented groups into Higher Education.”
“There’s a really friendly working environment here – people are easy to get along with, and always willing and happy to help. (There’s also free coffee which is an added bonus!)”
And hey, if that doesn’t cut it, we also plan lots of informal team activities, from the Christmas Party, book clubs, breakfast clubs, and seasonal events like pumpkin carving too.
If our company sounds like a great fit for you, we’d love for you to get in touch. Send your CV along with a covering letter, including:
- Why you think you’re the person for the job
- Specifics about the applied research you’ve done that you think would be relevant to the role
- What methodologies you’re experienced in applying in terms of quantitative and qualitative research
Please send your CV & covering letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We really look forward to hearing from you!