Benefits - What We Offer You

Upon joining York St John University we’ll reward your contribution in all sorts of ways.  In addition to a competitive salary and the opportunity to work at our beautiful campus in the heart of York, our staff are entitled to access a superb range of benefits.


Annual Leave entitlement

We offer a generous annual leave entitlement plus paid public holidays

Christmas closure period

In addition to you annual leave entitlement you'll enjoy five discretionary University closure days at Christmas.

Pension scheme

We provide staff 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 to include spouses, partners and children’s benefits

Occupational sick pay

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

Employee Assistance Programme

Through our Employee Assistance Programme you can access free advice and support for many of life’s challenges via 24/7 Telephone Helpline, structured telephonic counselling (up to 6 sessions per employee per issue per year) and structured face-to-face counselling (up to 6 sessions per employee per issue per year)

Health Cash Plan

Once you have completed your probationary period you will become a member of our Health Cash Plan which helps to cover the cost of check-ups and treatments by giving you cash back on healthcare such as dental and optical.

Flexi-time scheme

The flexi-time scheme recognises that all eligible employees can have a variety of work-life balance priorities throughout their career, which the university aims to support.  *Eligible employees are Grade 1-6

Wellbeing initiatives

At York St John University we value the contribution of all our staff and are committed to promoting and maintaining the health and wellbeing of all employees. As part of our commitment, the University will take all reasonably practicable steps to identify, control and manage workplace pressure.

YSJ You - discount scheme

YSJ You includes access to 6,000+ leading discounts and offers at a wide range of high street brands and local companies, including shops, cinemas and gyms.

Training and Development

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

Our Fee Remission scheme makes it possible for staff to study qualifications, either in house or with an external provider, with opportunities ranging from a number of language courses to an MA or PhD. The University will also waive 20% of the tuition fees for spouses/ civil partners and children of staff employed at York St John University who wish to enrol on any of the University’s postgraduate programmes.

Research excellence

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

Car parking

Our staff have the opportunity to purchase a car parking permit which will enable you to park in our University car parks for a reasonable fee.

Childcare vouchers

Our Salary Sacrifice Schemes enable you to pay for childcare vouchers through our payroll and save on tax in the process.

Cycle to work scheme

Our Salary Sacrifice Schemes enable you 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 pay your relocation expenses (conditions apply in relation to your role).

Campus and facilities

Our magnificent campus is located in the centre of the historic City of York. Our eleven-acre site on Lord Mayor’s Walk is in a stunning setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls.

Our award winning campus has undergone a £100 million transformation over the past 10 years to ensure students benefit from the right environment in which to study and live. Originally built around a quadrangle, newer buildings including De Grey Court and the Fountains Learning Centre which houses the library, IT facilities and a modern lecture theatre. The Foss Building houses our sports hall, a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms.

Other facilities include a dance studio, drama studio, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios. There are a number of catering outlets and the Students’ Union has a bar, café, shop and offices on campus.

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