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Rewards, benefits and facilities

Rewards

Salary progression and bonuses are based on the contribution you make to our business and the impact that has. An individual’s contribution is assessed across three key areas of the job.

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  • Capability (what you know) — the expertise and skills brought to, and applied effectively to, the job, informed by the relevant professional skills framework.
  • Behaviour (how you go about doing your work) — the observable behaviours and interpersonal skills you use to achieve your work objectives.
  • Achievement of objectives (what you produce and deliver) — effectively using your skills, experience and behaviours to produce valuable outputs that benefit both your team and the business. Work objectives are set and reviewed continuously, starting 1 April each year.

Met Office salaries are determined by the broad generic role your specific job fits into. Our reward system closely links business performance, individual contribution and achievement to the external job market — reward and benefits reflect your level of contribution and affordability. We do this by:

  • Determining our role pay ranges by reference to job evaluation and external and internal market pay data
  • Assessing your contribution and progressing your pay level appropriately within your role pay range
  • Providing you with opportunities for skills training, identified as part of your ongoing performance review and development discussions
  • Awarding a variety of bonuses.

We operate a contribution-based reward system, your ability to earn extra money is tied to your contribution. You can earn extra money in the following ways.

  • Corporate bonus for overall corporate performance
  • Team bonus for working together effectively as a team for the benefit of customers
  • Personal bonus for your achievements against work objectives during the performance year and/or the manner in which you have gone about them (your behaviour).
  • Vouchers for your one-off exceptional pieces of work at any time during the year

Benefits

Pension

On appointment you will automatically qualify to join the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme that includes a programme for new entrants called ‘Nuvos’. This benefits scheme also includes death and injury benefits and more details can be found on the Civil Service Pensions website.

Annual leave and time off

In addition to 25 days annual leave you will get eight bank holidays and two-and-a-half privilege days to be taken at certain times of the year (Easter and Christmas). Your annual leave entitlement will rise with your length of service, reaching 30 days after seven years service. We also offer maternity/adoption leave, paternity leave, parental leave and special leave — for domestic emergency, particular event or voluntary activity — (paid and unpaid).

Learning and career development

Our 12 Professional Skills Frameworks, ranging from operational meteorology to HR to science, define our career options and are affiliated to professional bodies and recognised skills sets, providing the mechanism for you to plan and navigate your way through your career. What you can achieve is down to you and how you apply yourself. We are committed to the training and development of all our employees and we have Investors in People status.

Your line manager will agree a Development Plan shortly after you take up your appointment, where your current skills will be compared with those required for the job and those of your peers. You will have the opportunity to progress into other areas of work within the office, to broaden your skills.

Other benefits include:

  • salary sacrifice schemes for a bike to work or childcare vouchers
  • allowances for certain jobs, tasks or locations — shift working, weekend working, working in London.
  • a library
  • staff well being and support services

Facilities at our headquarters

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  • Well-equipped gym and fitness suite
  • Shop and cash-point facility
  • Two coffee shops and a restaurant
  • Met Office Sports and Social Association which provides a range of subsidised recreational activities.
  • Regular bus services stop on site