Pensions at the ICR
The Institute of Cancer Research offers staff membership to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The USS is a defined benefit scheme and provides a highly competitive pension scheme with robust benefits. The rate of contributions is determined by USS and details of the costs and benefits of this scheme can be found on their website. If staff are transferring from the NHS, they can opt to remain members of the NHS Pension Scheme.
The ICR offers a range of benefits to staff with caring and parental responsibilities. These include:
- A Childcare Voucher Scheme enabling current employees to continue receiving vouchers in exchange for a portion of their salary without having to pay tax or national insurance contributions on the money that is sacrificed.
- A flexible working framework to facilitate the balance between work and caring responsibilities.
The ICR Parents’ Group is a forum for discussing the issues that affect parents at the ICR and for sharing experiences and ideas. The group hold monthly coffee meet ups where they discuss issues raised by staff or welcome invited speakers. This group supports the maternity mentoring scheme and works with the ICR to develop family-friendly working practices.
As a member of the Athena SWAN charter, promoting women’s careers in science, the ICR is committed to developing practices that promote work-life balance whilst maintaining excellence in research.
The ICR is also a member of the Tommy’s Pregnancy Accreditation Programme giving employees access to a pregnancy information line and email service, access to online guides and a bespoke members’ area accessible from work or home.
All staff have access to an occupational health department, offering a range of services including advice and information, health promotion events and treatments such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, reflexology and chiropody.
The ICR also provides access to an Employee Assistance Programme. The programme provides advice on a range of topics including finance, legal and information services, as well as a confidential counselling service.
Sports and social facilities
At Sutton there is a gym which is free to all staff; a sports and social club which has a bar, squash court and large sports hall in which a wide variety of activities are held. Membership of the club is free to all staff (there is a small charge for some activities). Staff restaurants on both sites offer hot and cold foods, snacks and beverages.
There is a Cross Site Social Committee that organises various social activities, to encourage staff from across the ICR to get to know each other. Past events have included an annual quiz night, a barn dance and a salsa evening.
Staff are provided with interest free loans to enable them to take advantage of discounted season tickets for travel and bicycle purchase.
Staff are eligible to shop through the NHS discounts website and are able to obtain discounts on a wide range of goods and services.