Benefits & Support

We recognise that people are our most important asset. As an organisation we need the best Social Workers, which is why we provide a competitive salary, attractive benefits package and flexible working environment.

Competitive pay

Salaries for our Social Work positions range from:-

Work / Life Balance

All of us have lives outside of work. Many of us have primary or shared responsibility for caring for children, elderly relatives or others; most of us take part in other activities. Work is important too. Achieving the right balance can be difficult.

At focus we want you to feel supported in achieving your own work / life balance, so that all aspects of quality of life can be enhanced. We recognise the difficulties faced by people in balancing these competing interests. We also know that to attract and retain good quality people, to ease pressures at home, to minimise absenteeism and to create a working environment in which people feel they can give their best, we need to be flexible in the demands we make of our staff.

Flexible arrangements, and agile working, are promoted for all employees and agreed on an individual basis. Some flexible working options available include:-

Annual Leave

We offer a generous annual leave package:-

Pro rata for part time employees

Family Support

In addition to flexible working opportunities, we offer a range of support to help staff with caring responsibilities such as unpaid leave, maternity and support leave, paternity and parental leave, adoption leave, compassionate and special leave.

Pension Scheme

All new employees joining focus will be eligible to join the Pensions Trusts scheme. The Pensions Trust is a well established occupational pension provider. It is a leading provider of pensions for the charitable, voluntary and not for profit sectors. Employees will be able to pay into a defined contribution scheme ‘The Flexible Retirement Plan’.

New employees joining the scheme can choose to make a contribution which will be deducted directly from their salary to which focus will add an additional contribution as follows:

Employee Contributionfocus ContributionTotal Contribution
1%1%2%
2%2%4%
3%3%6%
4%4%8%
5%5%10%
6% or above6%12% +

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers are a Government scheme designed to help parents afford high quality childcare. Unlike many Government benefits, there are no claim forms for childcare vouchers, making them an easy way for you to save money.

Suitable for children up to the age of 15, childcare vouchers can be used for a wide range of care, from nurseries and child-minders, through to holiday camps and breakfast clubs.

You can receive childcare vouchers of up to £55 per week (or £243 per month) from your employer, depending on your earnings, higher rate tax payers can receive up to £28 per week (or £124 per month).

Childcare vouchers are received instead of your salary, through a system known as ‘Salary Sacrifice’. Unlike your salary, you don’t have to pay any tax or national insurance on childcare vouchers. The savings in tax and national insurance is typically worth around £900 per year for basic rate tax payers, or £1800 per family. Your savings will depend on the amount you earn and the amount of tax you currently pay.

For further information, please visit: www.kiddivouchers.com

Health Plan

A health cash plan can help you claim cash towards dental check-ups and treatment, eyesight tests, new glasses, contact lenses and therapy treatments such as physiotherapy and chiropody. You can claim cash reimbursements up to an annual limit for routine and emergency healthcare.

You do not need to be ill to benefit from a health care plan, but if you do have an unexpected illness you can claim towards the cost of a diagnostic consultation or towards the expense of a stay in hospital or day case surgery. It doesn’t matter whether you have your healthcare through the NHS or privately, a health cash plan can help you.

Wellbeing & Employee Support

We are committed to protecting the wellbeing of our staff and we have an online resource which provides an immediate source of information on a range of issues from stress and anxiety to life events such as pregnancy, caring for others and separation and divorce.

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Focus independent adult social work C.I.C.
Registered number 8604885
VAT registration number: 169 4302 96
A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales
Registered office: Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY

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