Benefits of Being a Partner

We believe in rewarding our Partners for their time and energy. After all, they’re the ones that make the John Lewis Partnership special.

When you join the Partnership, you’ll be given access to our very own internal benefits website, PartnerChoice. In the meantime, find out about the extensive range of exciting benefits that you could enjoy when you join us.

Pay

Bonus

Discount

We offer competitive pay rates and every job has a set pay range, meaning you can progress your salary based on your performance. Each year, every Partner’s pay is reviewed to make sure it reflects their individual performance. Essentially, you get out what you put in.

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Determined by our overall performance, the John Lewis Partnership bonus is our annual share-out of profit, and all Partners receive it as a percentage of their salary. The 2019/20 bonus was 2% of a Partner’s pay.

We also run BonusSave – our Share Incentive Plan that allows you to invest your Partnership Bonus and save Income Tax and National Insurance.

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Once you’ve been with us for three months, you’ll get Partnership discount in store and online. That’s 25% off in John Lewis & Partners (12% off electrical products) and 20% in Waitrose & Partners. You’ll also be able to nominate someone you live with to share your discount.

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Pension and life assurance

Holiday and extended leave

Free meals while working

The Partnership has a Defined Contribution pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay) and, after three years’ service, you’ll receive an additional Partnership contribution of 4% of pay, regardless of whether you pay in or not.

Our life assurance scheme covers a lump sum of four times your annual salary, which may be paid to a chosen benefactor in the event of your death.

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If you work full time at levels 8 to 10, you’ll get 22 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays, rising to 25 days after three years. Anyone at level 7 and above who works full time gets 25 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays.

After ten years’ service, all Partners who work full time get 30 days’ holiday. 

Once a year, you’ll also have the option of buying up to an extra week’s holiday, spreading the cost over 12 months.

Across the UK, we also own 5 exclusive Hotels for Partners and their guests to enjoy. Find out more about our hotels here.

And have you heard about our long leave? All Partners get six months off work, on full pay when they’ve worked for us for 25 years – an amazing opportunity to relax, travel and take time for yourself.

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From now until 31st December our Partner dining rooms across our shops, head offices and distribution sites will be offering excellent food and drink for free.

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Cycle to Work Scheme

Supporting working families

Health and overall wellbeing

The HMRC-approved salary sacrifice scheme lets Partners save on the cost of buying a bike for cycling to work.

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We know that not all families are the same, so, we’ve got a range of support available, whether you’re a same sex couple, a new mum, a father, you’re adopting or using a surrogate. The John Lewis Partnership supports all Partners to find the right balance between parenting and satisfying careers in our business. We offer equal parenthood, parental and shared parental leave.

Each year, you can claim up to £250 to cover half the cost of a range of tutored courses. This benefit is open to all Partners, but you can also use it to claim for baby and child courses such as NCT and hypnobirthing or parent and baby swimming lessons.

Our Working Parents Network is one of the eight networks in the John Lewis Partnership that exist to educate, influence and challenge the business.

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We’re invested in the financial, physical, mental and social wellbeing of our Partners. Changes in society and the workplace are putting new pressures on workers, and we’re more committed than ever in supporting Partners and helping them fulfil their potential.

Our Health and Wellbeing team offer a number of amazing benefits including a helpline for emotional and practical support, financial mediation, physiotherapy, counselling and other health services. Unmind, a free health and wellbeing platform, is available to all Partners.

The private healthcare scheme, run by Bupa, is offered to Partners at levels 1-6. It aims to provide Partners who need medical attention, to obtain it quickly.

The Partnership will pay the cost of healthcare for eligible Partners with Partners paying the tax on the value of this benefit

For all other Partners, there are offers available from Simplyhealth.

Private Healthcare

The private healthcare scheme, run by Bupa, is offered to Partners at levels 1-6 .  It aims to provide Partners who need medical attention, to obtain it with minimum interference to their work.

The Partnership will pay the cost of healthcare for eligible Partners with Partners paying the tax on the value of this benefit

For all other Partners, there are offers available from Simplyhealth.

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Your free time

Give as you Earn

Travel

We’re really proud of our exclusive hotels based in some of Britain’s most beautiful areas and once you’ve been with us for three months, you’re welcome to explore them. Find out more about our hotels here.

Every Partner can claim up to £60 a year towards the cost of event tickets such as concerts and festivals and £250 a year to help towards learning a new skill or exploring an interest.  If music’s your thing, make sure you take advantage of our VIP suites at the O2 and Wembley Arena. We also arrange large events and tournaments – past events have included exclusive Partner days at Legoland and Thorpe Park.

You’ll also get free entry to many attractions such as Historic Royal Palaces and museums and take advantage of over 500 discounts and deals on holidays, restaurants and theme parks across the country.

And as a Partner you’ll also be able to join our sports clubs and societies that cover everything from abseiling and skiing to drama and photography.

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Partners can support the charities they care about the most by donating through their pay. It’s a simple and tax-free way to donate to charities and is one of the most cost-effective ways for charities to raise funds.

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Partners can buy their season ticket through the Partnership and spread the cost over a period of time via their pay.

A personal use car (or an allowance as a cash amount if preferred) is offered to Partners at Partnership levels 1-5. The scheme allows Partners to select from most car brands with insurance, recovery, fuel card and service plans included.

Essential use cars are available for Partners who are required to travel on business regularly.

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Flexible working

Equal parenthood leave

Parental leave

Flexible working is welcomed and encouraged. It’s not where, when, or how you fulfill your role that is important to us, it is the contribution you make to our business. 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 and we’ll always carefully consider requests and accommodate them where we can.

Learn more about flexible working at the Partnership.

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Our equal parenthood leave gives all new parents 26 weeks paid leave (14 weeks at full contractual pay and 12 weeks at 50% contractual pay). It’s available for all Partners who’ve worked for the Partnership for one year at the qualifying week or you’re notified of being matched with a child, regardless of how you become a parent. It tops up any statutory maternity leave and paystatutory paternity pay and leave or statutory adoption leave and pay.

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There might be times when you need some extra flexibility to accommodate your parenting responsibilities. We want you to know that you can take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave to care for your child if they’re under 18 years old. If you have more than one child, you’re 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 up to four weeks per child per year. It needs to be taken in weekly blocks, if you take less than a contractual working week, it will still be counted as one week of your entitlement.

To qualify, 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.
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Shared parental leave

Shared parental leave allows you to take a flexible approach to deciding when you’ll be away from work after your baby is born or when you adopt or foster a child.

If you’re the mother of the child, the first two weeks following the birth or adoption of your child must be taken as statutory maternity or adoption leave. After this, you’re free to end your statutory leave when you wish and share some or all of the remaining statutory leave and pay entitlement with the child’s father or your partner. You can 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’re the father, or the mother’s partner, and share the main responsibility for the care of the child with the child’s mother (where the child’s father doesn’t), 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 statutory 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 statutory paternity leave entitlement. Find out more on statutory shared parental leave and pay.

You’re usually 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.
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