Rewards and Recognition
There is only one Great Place to work!
Looking for a new career or applying for a new job is an exciting time and we are delighted that you are considering a job with Great Places. Great Places is a fantastic place to work and in order to ensure we attract and retain the best talent around, we offer a wide range of competitive benefits.
Salary | As a living wage employer we are committed to ensuring our colleagues receive a wage which is enough to live on. We are also a market payer within the housing sector; therefore we review and benchmark our salaries annually to ensure our pay ranges remain competitive.
Holidays | We offer a generous holiday entitlement of 26 days excluding bank holidays which increases after two years service.
Buying and selling holiday | We offer colleagues the opportunity to buy additional annual leave and if there is holiday allowance left over, you can sell your holidays back at the end of the year.
Healthcare cash plan (WPA) | This is a health care cash plan paid for by Great Places. It means you can be reimbursed for money spent on dentist treatment, eye tests, complimentary therapies and much more. Cover can be increased to include family members for an additional monthly premium.
Savings club | You can put aside money each month for 11 months to help you save for that special something.
Perkz | Our colleagues have instant access to discounts with high street retailers, big brands and boutique stores which make a real difference.
Lottery | Colleagues can enter into a monthly draw from as little as £1 a month where they are eligible to win one of three cash prizes of up to a £250.
Professional fees | The business pays the cost of one professional membership fee for each colleague.
Sharing Greatness | Our colleague incentive scheme where colleagues can earn £300 by helping the business achieve business targets.
Fantastic office facilities | Our offices mirror our modern and innovative approach, creating a happy place to work.
Pension | We offer a range of pension options, with or without salary sacrifice including defined contributions and defined benefit schemes, more details are below (figures effective from July 1st 2019):
|CARE 80th defined
| Under 30
|5% scheme defined contributions
(4% with tax relief)
Help with transport | We offer season ticket loans, an affordable way to purchase season tickets for public transport at discounted rates and a cycle to work salary-sacrifice scheme.
Health and wellbeing initiatives | Our colleagues enjoy wellbeing campaigns throughout the year, with activities designed around our 4 pillars of wellbeing, these include career wellbeing, mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing and financial wellbeing.
Rewards and recognition
Pay progression | We reward high-performing individuals for both the work they do and their behaviours. Living our vision and values is equally important at Great Places and we work hard to recognise the contribution of our colleagues.
Colleague awards | Our values are important and we aim to demonstrate these every day. Our awards provide an opportunity to recognise our Great people and the amazing work that they do!
Charity days and celebration events | Our social purpose is always at the centre of what we do, we are consistently looking for ways to give back to our communities, contribute to the charities that are important to our colleagues and customers, and recognise the diversity of all our people. Our colleagues can often be found donning their wellies to help clear a park in our communities; demonstrating their baking prowess for a charity coffee morning; or waving our rainbow flags at a local Pride event.
Long service awards | Due to the variety of job roles and career paths available within Great Places, we are often fortunate to retain talent within the company; we celebrate the careers of our great colleagues.
10 year club lunch | Our CEO and Executive Directors take colleagues to a celebratory lunch when they reach 10 years of service and at other five-year intervals after that.
Instant recognition scheme | We recognise our colleagues’ efforts by providing a range of cards to ensure individuals are personally thanked for their hard work and contribution.
Shared compliments | Compliments from colleagues and customers are published in our monthly internal magazine to showcase individuals’ excellent work!
Training | We have a blended approach to learning and offer a wide range of both face-to-face training and e-learning modules; making learning flexible and easily accessible to our colleagues. Our programme of learning is developed each year, ensuring we are tailoring learning opportunities to meet the changing needs of the business.
Training champions | We are lucky to have some amazing colleagues, with a wealth of knowledge, who are passionate about passing on this expertise to others. Through our Training Champion programmes, we help these colleagues to achieve this through giving them the skills, tools and opportunities to successfully train and support others.
Institute of customer service | We truly place our internal and external customers at the heart of what we do; as members of the Institute of Customer Service we provide all colleagues with the opportunity to gain accredited customer service qualifications.
Leadership and colleague conferences and away days | We believe it is important for all our leaders and colleagues to come together to hear key messages, understand the vision of the company and to be able to share their feedback directly contribute to action plans, projects and other key initiatives and get to know each other better. To support this we run a range of conferences, away days and consultative roadshows, courses and qualifications.
Leading greatness | We invest in our leaders, providing bespoke training to ensure they have the skills to develop and support their teams.