Working for Us

Our values as an employer

GMCVO punches well above its weight due to the commitment, skills and teamwork of our staff. We know our diversity is a strength and to enable everyone to give their best we must accommodate their aspirations, needs and preferences, create a culture of understanding and respect, and actively challenge discrimination and prejudice. 

Our day-to-day work is promoting social, economic and political inclusion and this includes the way we respect each other as colleagues. 

Our core staff values are:

  • We support one another to deliver and develop 

  • We value diversity and aspire to have a diverse workforce

  • We work together in a spirit of trust

  • We see each other’s wellbeing as a priority

  • We work to ensure all staff can balance the needs of work, self and life

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome job applications from all sectors of the community. St Thomas Centre is fully accessible.


Benefits for employees

  • Flexible working – we offer a way of working that meets the needs of both GMCVO and our staff, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home where possible

  • Development opportunities – we support and encourage our staff to progress their careers, either at GMCVO or within other VCSE organisations (including formal training)

  • Compassionate and sympathetic employer

  • Employee Representative Group - staff to raise and discuss issues relating to staff welfare and the good of the organisation

  • Employee Wellbeing Policy - with trained mental health first aiders to support staff who may be experiencing difficulties

  • 22 rising to 25 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays

  • Paid sick leave, dependent leave and compassionate leave to help deal with life’s unforeseen circumstances (period of paid leave differs depending on type of leave and time in service)

  • Pension scheme - with 7% employer contribution

  • Simply Health plan – which pays a contribution towards the cost of visiting the dentist, opticians, physiotherapy and more

  • Death in service benefit –a tax-free lump sum (2 x annual salary) is paid to a nominated person if you are employed by the company at the time of your death

  • Free, secure parking


Pay

All our positions are paid on scales linked to National Joint Council (NJC) points. Progression through the scales is automatic based on time served, not performance.

As at 31st March 2019 our pay ratio is 1:1.8 This means our highest paid employee receives 1.8 times as much as our average employee. 


Our accreditations
 

 

 

 

We are a fully accredited Living Wage employer. We pay all our staff the living wage and require our sub contractors to do the same.

 

 

 

We want all our roles to be accessible to anyone with the right skills and abilities, and do not require formal qualifications unless absolutely necessary. 


We are committed to ensuring that unnecessary barriers do not prevent young people applying for, and delivering our roles.


What our staff say

“As someone who is a carer but who also has to work full time, there are inevitably occasions when I have to prioritise one role over another. Since joining GMCVO in June 2017, I have received nothing but support and understanding for my situation from my colleagues and management alike. In addition, benefits, such as the ability to work flexible hours combined with an agreement whereby I can work from home when necessary, have made such a huge difference to my ability to manage my dual roles thereby reducing my stress levels, improving my mental health to ensure that I can remain productive in both the workplace and at home.” Kat – Carer


“The flexible working arrangements available at GMCVO have always been a really beneficial part of working here but since I’ve been pregnant they have helped me even more. I’ve hugely appreciated the ability to work from home more around various appointments and to help ease pregnancy related back and hip pain.” Nathalie


“I have been at GMCVO for over ten years after having changed jobs quite frequently before. The reason I stay here is because over the years GMCVO has provided a challenging and stimulating setting for developing and growing. My job has never been boring and I have always had the sense that my ideas were valued and contributed to changing the way the organisation works. Having had many different types of jobs in different sectors before I came here I know that GMCVO is a unique place because of this” Susanne


“Working at GMCVO has been a breath of fresh air after previous jobs. People aren’t afraid to ask colleagues for advice, guidance or support, and when something goes wrong it’s never about whose fault it is, but what we can do collectively to fix it and how we prevent it happening again.” Viki


“Deciding university wasn’t for me was a very difficult decision, but GMCVO welcomed me as an apprentice with open arms. I have already learned a lot of practical skills and feel like a part of the team, even after a short time. GMCVO is a friendly and fun place to work that is giving me the skills I need to progress in my career.” Tori – Apprentice


“My elderly mother, who lives alone, was suddenly admitted to hospital and had to have a major operation. She was subsequently diagnosed terminal which meant fortnightly hospital visits. This was a terribly distressing time for all the family, especially me being her next of kin. GMCVO were absolutely fantastic, allowing me to work reduced hours & occasionally working from home to support her. Had GMCVO not been as supportive I am certain that I would have had to give my job up to care for my mother.” Tanya – Carer


“Being an apprentice at GMCVO allowed me to develop my skill set by working across a diverse range of projects. Upon completion of my apprenticeship I was offered a permanent role and I have now been with GMCVO for over three years!” Lucas – Ex Apprentice

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