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Our benefits

We’ve built a brilliant place to work where you will have everything you need to be your best.

Fresh Start Coffee Shop at Newport site with comfortable seating, tables and foliage in the foreground.

At the Office for National Statistics (ONS), all our colleagues truly count. Here are a few of the benefits that you can enjoy when you work for the ONS.

“The work-life balance is a real benefit. I’m a mum, I’ve got a young child, and I can work around that.”

Jenny – Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

Your work your way

To help you create a healthy balance between your work and home life, we offer:

  • a range of flexible working options, including job sharing and term-time hours
  • flexitime between 5am and 10pm, so you can agree a working pattern that’s best for both you and us*
  • the opportunity to spend some of your time working from home, as well as in one of our offices. You will spend at least 40% of your time in one of our offices which may be adjusted over time to meet business needs
  • 25 days’ annual leave, rising to 30 days after working with us for five years, plus nine extra days of public and privilege leave
  • six months full pay for maternity, adoption or shared parental leave, with three weeks full-paid leave for partners and paid leave for any appointments
  • a range of paid special leave, including disability leave, leave for volunteering and leave for carers

*Flexitime does not apply to Senior Civil Servants

“The ONS has an incredible pension scheme, which will allow me to retire when I want to and have a stress free, relaxed life.”

Hafiza – Talent Acquisition

Your pension

Your pension is one of the most important benefits of joining the Civil Service.

The Civil Service pension is as good as or better than most pension options. It comes with fantastic benefits for you, your family and loved ones.

Visit Civil Service Pensions for more information about the scheme.

I’m a keen runner and I swim a lot. The discounts on activities and the savings I’ve made on equipment have been amazing.”

Jack – Senior Research Officer

Your lifestyle

You can benefit from a range of discounts at the ONS, including deals and offers for selected supermarkets, high street retailers, restaurants, gyms, travel and more.

The Civil Service sports and leisure club gives you access to offers and discounts on sports and leisure activities. In partnership with Halfords, Tredz and independent cycle shops, our Cycle2Work scheme means that you can save up to 42% on bikes and accessories.

“The ONS takes inclusion and diversity very seriously. The Diversity into Leadership Programmes have really helped me.”

Keesia – Data Engineer

Your well-being

We recognise that work can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. That’s why we offer you:

  • a confidential, 24/7 employee assistance service, giving emotional support for you and your family
  • access to and support from our mental health allies
  • a range of workplace adjustments, from more supportive chairs and standing desks to screen readers or interpreters
  • access to diversity network groups, which support people to discuss and champion equality, inclusion and diversity

The recognition and reward scheme is a great way to say thank you to colleagues who go that extra mile

Nilo – Technical Trainer

Rewarding your achievements

Recognising and rewarding hard work is important to us.

We celebrate the success and effort of our people at the ONS Excellence Awards and Civil Service Awards.

Plus, you will be able to nominate other colleagues through our recognition scheme, with one-off reward payments.

“My daughter goes to the on-site nursery, which is really handy for childcare. And it means we get to commute together, which is nice.”

Patrick – Head of Data Journalism

Your working environment

We’ve built a brilliant, modern and creative workplace that’s designed to support flexible working.

From areas to take a break to collaboration spaces for meetings and quiet booths for concentration, you will always find somewhere to suit your needs.

Across our offices, we can offer:

  • coffee shops and restaurants
  • gyms
  • on-site nursery facilities at Newport and holiday play schemes
  • showers and changing rooms
  • on-site parking
  • electric vehicle charging points
  • bike facilities

I feel trusted to do my role without being told how to do it, and there are plenty of opportunities to develop.”

Megan – Head of Planning and Portfolio Management

Developing your career

Joining the ONS is the first step in a career that can take you in many directions.

We want to make sure that you’re developing in a way that benefits everyone. That’s why we focus on offering training and development that’s right for you and us, including:

  • continued development in your job
  • professional courses and qualifications
  • online e-learning
  • leadership pathways to support our future leaders
  • well-being, inclusion, and resilience courses
  • opportunities to move between departments and across the Civil Service

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If you want your contribution to truly count, come and join us.