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Pay and benefits at Shelter Scotland

As well as competitive basic pay, we offer employees a range of benefits – from generous annual leave and pension entitlements, to discounts at more than 2,000 different retailers.


We offer all employees a competitive basic salary.

We are also accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the Minimum Income Standard for the UK.

Find out more from the Living Wage Foundation.

Annual leave

All Shelter Scotland employees receive 30 days annual leave in addition to 8 bank holidays per annum (pro rata for part time staff and those joining part way through the year).

Planning for the future


Shelter Scotland will make a generous pension contribution if you contribute a minimum of 2% of your salary. Eligible staff are auto-enrolled in the pension scheme after 3 months of employment.

Life assurance

If you die while employed by Shelter Scotland, a nominated member of your family will receive 2 times your annual salary.

Occupational sick pay

We offer occupational sick pay, where you may receive a maximum of up to 24 weeks full pay and 24 weeks half pay after 4 years of service.

Other types of leave

Maternity/adoption leave

Statutory maternity/adoption pay, allowances and leave are available for people with under 1 year of service. After a year, we provide staff with generous enhanced occupational allowances.

Co-parental leave

We offer up to 20 days of paid leave (pro-rata for part-time staff).

Carers’ leave

We also offer up to 5 days paid leave per year for the care of sick dependents.

Other benefits for Shelter Scotland staff


We’ll give you access to a range of discounts at over 2,000 retailers – including all the major high street shops and supermarkets.

Cycle hire scheme

Employees can hire bikes through a salary sacrifice scheme, which saves tax and national insurance on the cost of the bike.

Season ticket loans

We offer interest-free travel loans to cover the cost of rail, car parking space, bus or underground travel to work. You can borrow up to the value of your monthly take-home pay (up to £500 during your probation) and pay it back in monthly instalments, over a period of 12 months.

Tenancy deposit loans

We also offer an interest-free loan to cover the cost of your tenancy deposit. You can borrow up to the value of your monthly take-home pay (up to £500 during your probation) and pay it back in monthly instalments, over a period of 12 months. The loan is taken from your salary before tax and National Insurance deductions, so you save money.

Employee assistance programme

You can get free, confidential advice and services, including telephone counselling for health and well-being issues – from managing debt to moving home to giving up smoking. It's open 24/7, 365 days a year for you and your family.


These terms and conditions only apply to employees of Shelter Scotland and may vary depending on length of service.

These terms and conditions do not apply to independent contractors, volunteers or employees of other organisations who are carrying out short-term work for Shelter Scotland.