Benefits of being a Partner
Since 1929 we’ve been working hard to make sure our Partners are happy. It’s this mind set that our benefits package is based on – we believe in rewarding our Partners for their time and energy. After all, they are the ones that make the John Lewis Partnership special.
Inheritance & Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Mortgages, Life Assurance and Income Protection.In addition, the Partnership is a member of the UK’s first credit union specifically for retailers. Partners have access to both savings and loans, with competitive rates of interest. A Credit Union is a membership co-operative saving and loans provider, serving a defined group of people – in this case, anyone who works in Retail. Members save to create a common pool of savings, which is then used to provide loans to members who wish to borrow. The Credit Union has no external shareholders and all profits made are kept within the union which exists solely for the benefit of its members.
We are proud to have active networks across the Partnership who support individual working parents at every stage of the parenting journey and are able to influence and inspire the way the Partnership supports working parents.
Any Partner can join a network, whether they are already a parent or thinking of becoming one. Getting involved can be as simple as joining a community on Google+, attending a Working Parents Network event or contacting one of the network members to find out more, including about how to access our working parent buddy scheme.
Flexible working is welcomed and encouraged in the Partnership. It is not the where, when or how you fulfil your role that is important to us, it is the contribution you make to our business as a Partner. Here we are more than employees, we are co-owners. Partners should feel comfortable to have conversations about flexibility at any point in their career with us, whether this is through formal or informal arrangements. The Partnership will always carefully consider requests and accommodate them where we can.
Buying Holiday is a benefit that allows eligible Partners to buy extra days of holiday in addition to their annual leave allowance. It operates in a similar way to authorised unpaid leave, but allows Partners to spread the cost of additional leave over a longer period of time.
Each holiday year, you will be able to purchase a minimum of one day, up to a maximum of the amount of days in your normal working week.
- For example: if you work an average of 4 days per week, you will be able to buy a maximum of 4 days’ additional holiday per year.
Each year, you can claim up to £250 to cover half the cost of a range of tutored courses. Although this benefit is only open to Partners, it can be claimed for classes that you choose to attend for or with your child such as National Childbirth Trust (NCT) classes or swimming lessons, which need to be attended with the parent/responsible adult who could be your spouse or partner.
There are also some practical policies which support Partners with their parenting commitments:
Having a baby is an exciting time and we want to support you in the best way possible. You have to take at least two weeks leave after giving birth, but after that the choice is yours for how much maternity leave you decide to take up to a maximum of 52 weeks in total.
Statutory Leave and Pay (Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance) -for information on the current statutory provision for maternity leave click here.
Partnership Leave and Pay:
- To qualify for Partnership Maternity Pay you must have at least two years continuous service at the beginning of the 15th week before your expected week of childbirth (this is sometimes referred to as the Expected Week of Confinement or EWC).
- Partnership Maternity Pay is paid for the first 14 weeks of your maternity leave and ‘tops up’ any statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance that you receive up to your ‘normal earnings’. Your ‘normal earnings’ is your basic contractual pay (excluding any Sunday premium).
- If your Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance is greater than your normal earnings, you won’t be paid Partnership Maternity Pay.
We know that becoming a father is an important time and we want to support you to take time off to welcome the new addition to your family. You may be eligible to take one or two consecutive weeks in the immediate 56 days following the birth or adoption of your child. If you would like to take more time off work after your two weeks’ paternity leave, you can request to take holiday or Parental Leave. You may also be eligible for Shared Parental Leave.
Statutory Leave and Pay – for more information on the current statutory provision for paternity leave click here.
- To qualify for Partnership Paternity Pay, you must have at least one year’s continuous service at the beginning of the 15th week before the Expected Week of Confinement (the week, beginning on the Sunday in which it is expected that the baby will be born), or, for adoption cases, at least one year’s continuous service, ending with the week in which you are notified of being matched with a child.
- Partnership Paternity Pay is paid for one week and is designed to ‘top up’ your Statutory Paternity Pay to your basic contractual pay (excluding any Sunday premium).
You will not be paid Partnership Paternity Pay if the value of Statutory Paternity Pay is more than your basic contractual pay. If you wish to take two weeks Paternity Leave the second week will be paid at the statutory rate of paternity pay.
We want to support all Partners to balance the needs of their families and careers within the Partnership. There might be times when you need some extra flexibility to accommodate your parenting responsibilities so we want you to know that you can take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid Parental Leave to care for your child if they are under 18 years old. If you have more than one child, you are entitled to take up to 18 weeks’ leave for each child e.g., if you have two children you can take up to 36 weeks.
You can take more than a week at a time, or up to 18 weeks together, but you must take parental leave in weekly ‘blocks’ of time. If you take less than a contractual working week, it will still be counted as one week of your total entitlement.
To qualify for Parental Leave, you must have at least one year’s continuous service with the Partnership and:
- Be the biological parent or adoptive parent, or
- Have legal parental responsibility for the child.
All Parental Leave is unpaid.
Shared Parental Leave allows you to take a flexible approach to deciding when you will be away from work once your baby is born or when you adopt or foster a child, while maintaining your employment.
If you are the mother of the child, the first two weeks following the birth or adoption of your child must still be taken as Maternity Leave. After this, you are free to end your Maternity Leave when you wish share some or all of the remaining leave and pay entitlement with the child’s father or with your partner. You may also take Shared Parental Leave when an adoption or foster agency has placed a child with you and your partner as adoptive or foster parents.
If you are the father, or the mother of the child’s partner, and share the main responsibility for the care of the child with the child’s mother (where the child’s father does not), or an adoption or foster agency has placed a child with you and your partner or foster parents, Shared Parental Leave is available to you.
If you wish to take Paternity Leave this should be taken during the first 56 days following the birth or placement of your child. Once Shared Parental Leave is started, you will lose any untaken Paternity Leave entitlement.
Statutory Leave and Pay – for more information on the current statutory provision for Shared Parental Leave click here.
You’re eligible for Shared Parental Pay if one of the following applies:
- You’re eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay or Statutory Adoption Pay
- You’re eligible for Statutory Paternity Pay and your co-parent is eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance or Statutory Adoption Pay.
Adopting a baby is an exciting time and we want to support you to find the right balance for your family and work commitments by providing you the ability to take time away from work when you adopt a child.
Statutory Leave and Pay – for more information on the current statutory provision or adoption leave click here.
If you are adopting jointly with your spouse or partner only one of you can take Adoption Leave (you can choose which one of you does that.) If your spouse or partner takes the Adoption Leave you may be entitled to Paternity Leave and/or Shared Parental Leave.
If you’re eligible, you’re entitled to take up to 52 weeks’ adoption leave, regardless of the number of hours you work or your length of service.
The period of adoption leave is split into two parts:
- Ordinary Adoption Leave for the first 26 weeks of leave; and
- Additional Adoption Leave for the second 26 weeks of leave.
Adoption leave can be taken:
- From the date of your child’s placement (whether this is earlier or later than expected); or
- From a predetermined date up to 14 days before the expected date of your placement; or
- If you are a dual approved prospective adopter, the date you have a child placed with you in accordance with section 22C of the Children Act 1989, with a view to you adopting that child.
Adoption Leave is only available if you are adopting through a UK or overseas adoption agency. It is not available if there is no agency involved, for example, where a step-parent is adopting their partner’s children.
If you are entitled to take Adoption Leave, you can also get paid time off work to attend 5 adoption appointments after you’ve been matched with a child.
Our Job Levels
Job levelling enables different roles to be measured based on their relative scale, impact and size. The Partnership hierarchy consists of 10 levels with every job in the Partnership sitting in one of them.
|Partnership Level||Role Title|
|2 and 3||Director|
|4||Head of Department/Branch|
|5 and 6||Leadership, Specialist and Senior Specialist|
|7, 8 & 9||Specialist Partner and Junior Management|
The Partnership is incredibly diverse and our job levelling system allows us to compare roles in different industry sectors to determine its reward. It allows Partners to see what roles they might be qualified for in other parts of the business – offering a big benefit to career development and progression.
It also means that every Partner, from Supermarket Assistants through to the Chairman, have clarity on where their position fits – and there’s a consistent and transparent way of allocating everything from benefits and holiday to financial authority.
South East England
£8.20 - £9.43. The pay range for this role will increase to: £8.40 - £10.00 from 1 April
Closing Date: 1/4/2019
£40,200 - £58,800 (The pay range for this role will increase to: £41,000 to £59,600 from 1 April)
Closing Date: 31/3/2019
£66,000 - £98,500 (The pay range for this role will increase to: £69,000 to £98,500 from 1 April)
Closing Date: 31/3/2019