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Employment benefits

At IDS we aim to ensure that our core values based on respect, resourcefulness, excellence and inclusivity are reflected in the environment we work in.

Salary scales

The current IDS salary scales were reviewed on 1 November 2023 IDSPayScales.pdf

Pension Scheme

IDS offers two favourable pension schemes:

For Fellow, Post Doctoral Researcher and Research Officer roles, please refer to the following document 

For all other staff please see IDSPSS - Member Booklet - 2021-22.pdf

Benefits of working at IDS

There are a number of additional factors that make working here a very positive experience. These include:

  • A competitive incremental pay structure
  • 24 days annual leave plus eight bank holidays and six additional set closure days at Christmas and Easter (38 days per year)
  • A commitment to supporting the learning and development of all our staff - both personally and professionally
  • A reward and incentives scheme for fellows (pdf)
  • A family friendly environment with: excellent maternity benefits; childcare vouchers; campus based nursery; maternity support, parental and adoption leave
  • A commitment to flexible working: available to all staff and includes part time and home working options, career break scheme and leave of absence arrangements
  • Occupational Health specialists 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). This offers free, confidential assistance with work, financial, legal, family and personal problems. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year over the telephone or online.
  • Occupational sick pay
  • A campus based sports centre and fully equipped gym offering a range of exercise classes and massage therapies
  • Supported travel options and incentives such as season ticket and bicycle loans plus excellent transport links
  • A number of refreshment facilities and shops across campus, plus our own IDS restaurant and bar
  • A beautiful setting in the Sussex Downs.

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