What we can offer you

We believe in creating an environment that promotes contentment, allowing employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for ourselves as well as Guide Dogs. As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits and training to suit your individual needs.

Grow your career

We’re proud to be experts in supporting people with sight loss, but we know we must always keep developing and learning.

We offer a positive learning culture and provide opportunities where you can continue to grow and learn in your role at Guide Dogs. We encourage you to actively engage in learning to develop and maintain your knowledge, skills and professional expertise.

Everyone who joins our team is invited to our Newcomers Welcome Programme which will guide you through the first six months in your new role. 

Staff benefits

We wouldn’t be able to change lives without our employees. That’s why it’s important for us to create a working environment that looks after our wellbeing so we can all achieve our full potential for the benefit of themselves as well as Guide Dogs.

We offer a wide range of benefits for our staff, some of which can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

These include:

  • A 35-hour working week
  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays
    Rising to 28 days after three years employment.
  • Defined contribution group personal pension plan
    We will match your pension contributions plus 2% up to a maximum of a 9% employer contribution.
  • Life assurance
    Benefit of four times your annual salary.
  • Flexible benefits
    We give you an amount equivalent to 3% of your salary to purchase benefits from a suite of wellbeing products, such as health care services, gym memberships, insurances or the ability to buy and sell holiday.
  • Cycle to work scheme
    The cycle to work scheme is a hire scheme, which provides you with the opportunity to select from a wide range of bikes including road, hybrid, electric, mountain, folding, tandem and adaptable bikes. 
  • Discounts and cash-back scheme
    Access to discounts on goods and retail vouchers and cash back on purchases from supermarkets, clothing, electrical goods, travel, eating out, insurance and much more.
  • Employee assistance programme
    A freephone confidential helpline to provide unlimited access to advice, information and face-to-face counselling support when you need it. 
  • Occupational sick pay
    We offer a generous sick pay policy because we understand that we all get poorly sometimes.
  • Occupational maternity, paternity and adoption pay
    Family is important to us, so we offer enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay.
  • Eye care vouchers
    We provide free eye tests and a contribution towards the cost of your glasses if you need these specifically for Visual Display Unit (VDU) work.
  • Hearing tests
    We provide hearing tests for everyone who works in our kennels.
  • Discount at Guide Dog shop
    A 10% discount on orders from our Guide Dogs shop where you can purchase gifts, homeware, clothing or even something for your furry friend.
  • Affinity groups
    Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff, LGBTQI+ Network (Proud@GuideDogs) and Disability Network. Together with groups specifically for women and men.
  • Mental health is important to us
    A commitment to your Mental Health and Wellbeing, with Wellbeing Buddies in each region.

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