Benefits at . Who are we?. Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales. We aim to get every child hooked on sport for life in Wales and to build a nation of champions.
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Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales. We aim to get every child hooked on sport for life in Wales and to build a nation of champions.
At Sport Wales our biggest assets are our staff. In order to recruit, retain and engage the very best people, we have developed an attractive reward and benefits package that reflects Sport Wales’ status as an employer of choice. We believe in continually reviewing what we have to offer, in order to provide benefits which are truly valuable to our employees.
What can Sport Wales offer you?
Sport Wales has incremental salary scales, and on the anniversary of your start date, you will move to the next point of the salary scale dependent upon satisfactory performance. In addition, where possible, a cost of living increase may be payable from 1 April each year.
In addition, relevant shift and unsocial hours allowances are provided where irregular working patterns are a requirement of the role.
Final salary pension scheme
You may elect to join the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Local Government Pension Scheme. Your contributions will range from 5.5% to 7.2% according to your salary level, and in addition to your contributions Sport Wales will also contribute 21.5% of your pensionable salary towards the scheme.
You will receive 28 days on entry rising to 33 days after 5 years’ continuous service plus all statutory bank holidays. In addition, following 1 years’ service, employees may purchase up to 5 days additional annual leave.
Free on-site parking
Sport Wales has car parks at each of its locations, all free for staff use.
Use of facilities
Employees have free use of Sport Wales’ fitness facilities, including gym and court use. You will also benefit from reduced rates for fitness classes (e.g. Aerobics and Circuits) at the National Centre, and reduced rates for courses at PlasMenai National Watersports Centre.
Training and development
Sport Wales is committed to investing in the training and development of our employees to ensure that they have the skills required to carry out their duties to a high standard and add value to the organisation. We are currently operating a CMI accredited Leadership and Management programme for all of our employees, and have a long-term training scheme where payments can be made through salary sacrifice to offer tax relief.
Discounted accommodation and meals
Accommodation at the Sport Wales National Centre or at PlasMenai National Watersports Centre is available to staff at a discounted rate, as are meals and drinks, available at either of these locations.
Mobile phone allowance
Where a role requires an employee to work out of the office on Sport Wales’ business, suitable computer equipment will be made available for them to work remotely. To compensate employees who may be required to use their own mobile phone for business purposes, Sport Wales will provide an allowance of £25.00 per person per month.
Employee Assistance Programme
A free, confidential service via PPC , offering expert advice, valuable information, specialist counselling and support. Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and an online information service offers user-friendly factsheets, useful links and programmes designed to help you prepare for and cope with life’s events.
Welsh Hospitals Association (www.whahealthcare.co.uk)
WHA is a not-for-profit association which offers 11 different low cost health benefits and you can pay from as little as £1.45 a week. Benefits include optical care, dental treatment, physiotherapy, osteopathy and maternity, cash benefits for time spent in hospital as an inpatient and for attendance as a hospital outpatient. Children under the age of 18 are also covered for some benefits at no extra cost. Sport Wales can arrange to deduct the payments from your monthly salary.
Benenden Healthcare (www.benenden.org.uk)
Benenden is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation that offers a range of medical help. For a contribution starting at just £1.50 per person their services are available to you and your family. Services include cancer and TB support, physiotherapy, treatment and surgery, diagnostic consultation, minor outpatient treatment and a range of information and advisory services.
Savings Through Work (shopping scheme)
The Savings Through Work website offers some fantastic deals and these are open to all Sport Wales’ employees and their families. There are some great discounts to be had on holidays, groceries, petrol, gadgets, fashion and motoring, with well known brands and retailers like Asda, Sainsbury’s, Alton Towers, B&Q, M&S, Next and Boots to name a few. Plus hot new offers are being added all the time.
Cardiff Credit Union (www.cardiffcu.com)
Cardiff Credit Union offers flexible saving and loans with no hidden charges or fees. You will receive annual interest on your savings and low rate of interest on loans. Sport Wales can arrange to deduct the payments from your monthly salary.
The Will Group (www.willgroupwales.com)
The Will Group are the premier specialist Will advisors in Wales and offer a professional will writing service that is straight forward, easy to complete and very affordable.
Loosemores Solicitors Preferential Client Scheme
As a provider of legal services to Sport Wales, Loosemore’s solicitors are able to offer Sport Wales’ employees access to a range of legal services including making a will, buying, selling and remortgaging property and advice after you have had an accident. The price for this advice will be below their normal market rates and the first 30 minute interview on any legal matter (except employment) would be FREE.
Childcare vouchers are a tax initiative designed to help working parents save money on their registered childcare costs. This is done by reducing the tax and National Insurance contributions (NIC) you have to pay from your gross salary, and can help save up to £933 per parent for basic rate tax payers.
This scheme gives you the opportunity to supplement your existing annual leave entitlement. Sport Wales recognises the growing demands placed on employees to try and achieve a work-life balance.
A maximum of 5 days’ annual leave entitlement (pro rata for part time employees) can be bought and used per annual leave year (April to March).
CSMA is the UK's largest private home, motoring and leisure association, providing its members with over 50 benefits, including CSMA Carshop and Travelshop, CSMA Credit Card, Britannia Rescue breakdown cover, and home, car and travel insurance .
CSMA Car shop Can help drive down the cost of motoring through discounted car insurance, car servicing, parts and tyres, and even save money on buying new or used cars.
The Government’s Green Transport Plan allows you to get a bike and pay No Income Tax, No National Insurance and No VAT. You are able to spend up to £1,000 on the scheme., including buying necessary accessories and equipment to ensure that you are safe when riding to work. Please note that Sport Wales is not currently running the scheme at this time.
Charitable Giving is an easy and tax-efficient way for employees to give to their favourite charities. Your donations are deducted straight from your gross salary, giving you immediate tax relief. For example, a monthly donation of £5 will cost you £3.90 as the charity receives an extra £1.10 in tax which would have been paid to the Treasury and your favourite charities will receive regular, unrestricted income.