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Employee benefits

Excellent Annual Leave entitlement

We offer an excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary University closure days at Christmas.

Pension scheme

We provide staff members with the opportunity to join a defined benefit pension scheme, which offers pension and tax free lump sum benefits on retirement, as well as life assurance benefits.

Occupational sick pay

We have a generous occupational sick pay scheme, offering staff members up to 26 weeks at full pay, with a further 26 weeks at half pay, depending on how long they've been with us.

Employee Assistance Programme

Through our Employee Assistance Programme staff members can access free advice and support for many of life’s challenges via a 24/7 Telephone Helpline and structured telephonic and face-to-face counselling. 

Health Cash Plan

After a qualifying period, staff members are eligible to join our Health Cash Plan enabling access to a range of discounts and support in relation to their own healthcare and in certain cases, that of family members.

Flexi-time scheme

We recognise and aim to support the variety of work-life balance priorities that staff members may have throughout their career, via our flexi-time scheme. *Eligible grades are 1-6

Wellbeing initiatives

We value the contribution of all staff members and are committed to promoting and maintaining their health and wellbeing via a number of initiatives.

Access to sports facilities

All staff have access, for a reasonable fee, to the sports facilities based at our York campus and Haxby Road site, including Fitness Suite and classes.  For further information please visit YSJ Active.

Training and Development

Our dedicated Staff Development Department and Learning and Teaching Team, aim to provide opportunities for all staff to access training and further qualifications.

Research excellence

York St John University is known for its academic excellence and responsive nature. Please visit our  pages to read more about our strategy and achievements in this area.

Car parking

Our staff members have the opportunity to purchase a car parking permit enabling them to park in our University car parks in the centre of York for a reasonable fee.

Cycle to work scheme

Our Salary Sacrifice Schemes enable staff members to pay for a bicycle through our payroll and save on tax in the process.


If you’re moving home to take up your new job we may be able to reimburse your relocation expenses (conditions apply in relation to your role).

Career Break Policy

In support of its commitment to work life balance, the University's Career Break Policy recognises that staff may wish to take a planned period of time off work on a full-time basis to concentrate on alternative personal priorities and commitments such as family, study or travel (conditions apply in relation to length of service).


Located at Northfield, Haxby Road (a twenty minute walk from the York campus) the University has a number of allotment gardens which are available for staff to rent.

Please visit our Vercida employer profile to learn more about the initiatives that we have introduced to promote inclusivity and ensure that our staff community feels valued by the University.

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