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The Open University Benefits

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  • 26 Jun 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Commissioner in Milton Keynes, England

    As an employee, you can study any Open University course for free.

  • 31 Aug 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Lecturer in Milton Keynes, England

    Pretty standard for public sector.

  • 15 Jun 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Milton Keynes, England

    Generous holidays at several grades (up to 36 days annually); quality pension scheme and, in my experience, will work hard to support staff through personal difficulties. Also tend to pay competitively within the HE sector generally. For certain roles you can earn significantly more in the private sector, and you won't get a company car, private healthcare, big bonuses or shares from the OU. Salaries are also fairly tightly pegged to grades (this is a feature of the sector and union engagement in pay negotiations) so to significantly improve your salary you'll need to be prepared to change job/role.

  • 04 Mar 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Research Associate in Milton Keynes, England

    The holidays were good. As I worked fairly short there, I did not really look into benefits.

  • 17 Jan 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Manchester, England

    There is no benefits package.

  • 10 Nov 2016
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Milton Keynes, England

    It's a good USS scheme. Investments can be chosen according to an individual comfort zone.

  • 02 Sep 2016
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Milton Keynes, England

    The annual leave is very generous (30 days +) and there is flexibility on working hours. The Milton Keynes campus is a very pleasant place to work and if one can afford the time, there are a lot of activities on campus like fitness classes, team sports, choirs, etc.

  • 12 Sep 2016
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England

    This place has not very high salaries but you can have very good retirement benefits. No health insurance or discounts in any shop. Good number of days for holidays

  • 25 Jan 2016
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Operations manager in Milton Keynes, England

    Good working hours and access to library

  • 02 Nov 2015
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Academic in Milton Keynes, England

    Limited additional benefits but salary is fairly standard for academic staff and holiday allowance is generous. Most working patterns are flexible, with ability to work from home. Salaries for academic staff are minimal compared to marketing etc so there is some work to do on priorities.

Benefits Summary


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Insurance, Health & Wellness

  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Income Protection
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Death in Service
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance

Financial & Retirement

  • Tick markPension Plan (9)
  • SIPP
  • Corporate ISA
  • Save as You Earn
  • Share Incentive Plan
  • Performance Bonus
  • Stock Options

Family & Parenting

Vacation & Time Off

Perks & Benefits

  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Employee Discount
  • Commuter Checks & Assistance
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Gym Membership
  • Car Allowance
  • Free Lunch or Snacks
  • Company Car

Professional Support

  • Diversity Program
  • Apprenticeship Programme
  • Job Training
  • Professional Development

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