Since 1929 the purpose of the business has been the happiness of those who work in it through the worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business. So when it comes to rewarding our Partners – the people who give their time and energy to making the John Lewis Partnership special – our package of benefits is designed with this principle firmly at the forefront of our minds.
Our policy is to pay Partners according to the market rate for the job they are doing and as much above that as is justified by performance.
Every Partner has the right to know the range of pay for their type of work and what is required to improve their individual performance and, therefore, their pay.
At the Annual Pay Review we look at each Partner's pay rate to make sure that it is consistent with the local market rate and reflects the Partner's contribution to the business. We encourage Partners to discuss their pay review with managers so that they understand fully the pay decision.
The most tangible advantage of being a Partnership is the annual bonus, where we distribute a proportion of profits to Partners as a percentage of salary.
The John Lewis Partnership is one of the few companies that still offer a non-contributory, final salary pension scheme after three years’ service. Partners with less than three years' service have the option of joining a defined contribution section of the Partnership's pension scheme, where both you and the Partnership pay contributions into an investment fund.
After three months' service, all Partners are entitled to discount on most purchases from John Lewis and Waitrose.
Paid holiday in a full year is 22 days plus public and bank holidays for Partners up to Section Manager rising to 25 days after three years’ service. Department Managers and above receive 25 days in a full year. After ten years' service, holiday allowance increases to 30 days for all our Partners.
If you die in service, our scheme will pay three times your annual salary to your beneficiary.
Subsidised dining facilities
Most of our sites have subsidised dining facilities that offer good food at reasonable prices.
Holiday and leisure facilities
We have five locations around the UK exclusively for Partners with three months’ service or more, where they can take holidays with their families at a subsidised rate. The holiday centres are located in some of Britain's most beautiful areas including the Lake District in the north and Brownsea Island in the south. Each centre offers its own individual style and facilities both indoors and out.
Golfing Partners can enjoy the use of our facilities in Berkshire and Hampshire while members of our sailing clubs make the most of the five yachts that we have available on The Solent in Hampshire throughout the sailing season. Our sailors frequently take part in regattas and races in the area.
Partners in Sport
This programme enables Partners to engage in sport, touch the spirit of the Olympics and have a healthier lifestyle in the run up to 2012. Partners will be able to apply for anything from training to coach in a sport, to help in setting up fitness clubs and facilities in their branch and even involvement in national sports associations. Partners of national or international level can apply for support to help them in their bid to compete in the 2012 Olympics.
Clubs and Societies
We support a large number of subsidised sports clubs and societies at local and Partnership wide levels. Partners are encouraged to join the clubs covering a wide range of sports which include abseiling and climbing, football, gliding, golf, mountain biking, netball, racquet sports, riding, skiing, sailing, surfing and swimming.
Our subsidised non-sport clubs and societies are also open to all Partners and include drama, photography, music and art. The clubs help and encourage Partners to develop their talents and provide a platform to demonstrate them in the form of plays, concerts and exhibitions.
All the clubs organise events and activities with many of these events including training and advice for Partners new to the sport or activity. In the spirit of the Partnership, Partners are able to enjoy opportunities that might not otherwise be possible.
Partners can get a 50 per cent subsidy on tickets for the theatre, opera and music performances, up to a maximum amount per year. This subsidy is also available for entry to exhibitions and museums. We also have corporate membership of English Heritage, the National Trust, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and the Royal Academy of Arts.
The Partnership offers business, technical and personal development through a range of flexible opportunities. New Partners begin with a comprehensive induction, then agree a personal development plan with their line manager which identifies development objectives and how they can be achieved. Partners drive their own development and career with the support of a variety of learning resources.
The Partnership can give financial support to Partners who want to continue their education or learn new skills whether work related or of personal interest. Many Partners take advantage of this benefit when on extended leave, using the subsidy available to them to learn a new skill or language.
Partners with more than 25 years' service can take paid leave for six months. This is seen by many Partners as an opportunity to learn new or develop existing skills or talents in sports, the arts and languages and to travel extensively.
Voluntary benefits and discounted deals
We have negotiated a range of benefits for Partners such as discounted private healthcare along with a number of one-off deals with hotels, amusement parks and so on.