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Why Imperial is for me.

Why Imperial is for me

When you join the staff of Imperial College in addition to a competitive salary and package of attractive terms and conditions of service,  we offer you many more benefits to enjoy, such as career development tailored to your ambitions, an attractive pensions' scheme and generous family leave packages.  You will also experience a flexible, supportive work environment with encouragement to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance.  We hope that this page gives you a snapshot of the benefits we offer.

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Our offer to you



Coins in jarsThe College aims to pay mid to upper quartile rates of pay for its staff against appropriate external comparators wherever possible. We regularly benchmark rates of pay against internal and appropriate external comparators. If you are on an incremental scale you will also receive an automatic increment to your salary on an annual basis up to the cap of your scale, in line with the College’s Principles of pay.

Pension schemes

Piggy bankThe College offers three generous pension schemes, USS, SAUL and the NHS Pension Scheme, and the scheme you are eligible for will depend on your post. For SAUL and USS members, pensions can be contributed to via Pension SMART, allowing you to benefit from tax relief on your pension contributions. Find out more about Pensions.  

Cost of living review

Time for review on clock

Imperial operates an annual Pay Review for all staff negotiated with the College Trade Unions, using internal and external benchmarking data.


Promotion and job evaluation

Arrow with success wordThe College is committed to a transparent and fair promotion process and role reviews. There is an annual promotion process for academic staff, and professional, technical and operational staff and learning and teaching staff whose roles have developed in scope and responsibility are able to have their grading reviewed as part of the Job Evaluation process.


Equal pay audits

cogsThe College is committed to parity of pay, and operates an annual pay audit to benchmark the salaries of all staff, and address any inconsistencies.


Cycle to Work scheme

bikes Interest free loans of up to £2,000 towards the purchase of a new bike. Find out more about the scheme and how it works.


Eye tests

GlassesIf you work at a computer regularly you will be eligible to receive an eye test every two years paid for by the College.



Woman in dentist chair

The College’s South Kensington campus houses a dental practice, providing NHS and private dental care to College staff. 


Well person screening

People talkingFrom age 50+ you will be entitled to a comprehensive well person screening every 2 years, provided by the Colleges’ Occupational Health department.


Holiday entitlement

CalenderStaff are able to refresh and relax, with a generous holiday allowance of 25 days per annum (pro rata for part-time staff), this is in addition to UK Bank Holidays and 6/7 College closure days per year at Christmas and Easter.


Flexible working

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The College is committed to providing a supportive environment, and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. To support your work/life balance all flexible working requests will be considered.


Additional holiday

Keyboard with vacation timeThe College has an Additional Holiday Leave scheme which allows you to buy, up to 10 days extra leave per year, subject to departmental agreement. By doing so you take an equivalent reduction in your salary over either 12 or 6 months, depending on the time of year leave is purchased.



Sports facilities

Keyboard with vacation timeImperial is London’s top sporting university, with many facilities and clubs spread across its different campuses. As a member of staff, you can benefit from discounted membership at the College’s state-of-the-art gyms. Membership of Ethos, South Kensington’s flagship gym, starts at just £26 per month. Staff can also join and participate in the many student clubs and sporting societies. Find out more about sport and health lifestyles.


Confidential care

Paper cut out people in handsCollege staff and members of their household can get free professional and confidential help from Confidential Care, the College's Employee Assistance Provider, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Through Confidential Care, you can also meet with a qualified counsellor to talk through personal problems in complete confidence. Confidential Care: www.


Family leave

Child We are a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. Knowing the importance of good work/life balance the College provides extensive family leave and support. Including enhanced maternity provision (for eligible staff) at 18 weeks full-pay, two-week maternity/paternity support leave for partners and generous shared parental leave and adoption and surrogacy leave.  Find out more.


Childcare on campus

Keyboard with vacation time The Early Years Education Centre is the College’s ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated nursery, located at the South Kensington Campus. The EYEC caters for children of six months to five years and has capacity for 140 children, and is recommended for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital staff also.


My Family Care

Paper cut out people in hands You and your family will be supported through  , who can organise emergency childcare, school holiday cover and backup adult and eldercare on your behalf. You will also have access to webinars, and access to work and family experts directly through the My Family Care website.


Learning and development

Bricks and laddersThe College's People and Organisational Development offers a comprehensive range of training and development support for staff at all stages of their careers, including in-house courses and coaching and talent development programmes.


Study loan scheme

Time for success College staff can benefit from an interest free loan to help with the costs of part-time study while employed by the College. The aim is to help staff engage in further study that will enhance their career but falls outside of the provision available within the College. The amount available annually is between £250 and £2,000. Find out more. 


Local area

Queens TowerAs a member of staff you can benefit from a wide range of discounts at local businesses. These range from half-priced entry into exhibitions in South Kensington museums, to discount at local cafes and restaurants.  Find out more.


Give as you earn

Thank you

The College has an arrangement with the Charities Aid Foundation to allow you to make donations to named charities, by automatic deductions from salary. Payments up to a certain amount are tax free. Find out more. 


Social activities

People at feteThe College encourages staff to engage with their colleagues across the wide breadth of the College. From staff networks, to evening classes and interest groups – there is ample opportunity to meet and socialise with others. Further details about social activities on campus is availabe to view.



Imperial Festival and Fringe

Keyboard with vacation timeThere is a unique opportunity for staff to get hands on with our research at the Imperial Festival each May and Fringe events throughout out the year.