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
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.
Bonus

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 2018/19 bonus was 3% 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.

Discount
Once you’ve been with us for three months, you’ll get 25% discount (12% off electrical products) in John Lewis & Partners and 15% discount in Waitrose & Partners, including online. You’ll even be able to nominate someone you live with to share your discount too.
Pension and life assurance

The Partnership has a Defined Contribution pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to a maximum level) and, after three years’ service, you’ll receive an additional Partnership contribution, regardless of whether you pay in or not.And our life assurance scheme will pay three times your annual salary to your nominated beneficiary, so you can plan for your future.

Holiday and extended leave

If you join at levels 8 to 10, you’ll receive 22 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays, rising to 25 days after three years. Anyone at level 7 and above receives 25 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays.After ten years’ service, all Partners receive 30 days’ holiday. Once a year, you’ll also have the option of buying an extra week’s holiday.

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.

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

Subsidised food and drink
Our dining rooms and cafes across our sites offer excellent food and drink at subsidised prices.
Cycle to Work scheme
The HMRC-approved salary sacrifice scheme lets Partners save on the cost of buying a bike for cycling to work.
Supporting working families

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 who wants to share parental leave with your partner, or you’re adopting. The John Lewis Partnership supports all Partners to find the right balance between parenting and satisfying careers in our business.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.

Health and overall wellbeing

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 Partner Support team offers a helpline for emotional and practical support as well as financial mediation, while our Partnership Health Services provide physiotherapy, counselling and other health services. In 2018, a free health and wellbeing platform, Unmind was rolled out to all Partners.

Your free time

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.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.

Give as you Earn
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.
Season ticket loans
Loans are available to help finance travel season tickets which are interest-free for most Partners.
Flexible working

Flexible working is welcomed and encouraged. It’s not where, when or how you fulfil 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.

Maternity leave
As well as Statutory maternity leave and pay, we offer Partnership Maternity Pay, meaning that after working for us for two years, 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. (If your Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance is greater than your normal earnings, you won’t be paid Partnership Maternity Pay.)
Paternity leave

You may be eligible for Statutory paternity pay and leave where you can take one or two consecutive weeks in the immediate 56 days following the birth or adoption of your child. If you’d 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.In addition, we offer Partnership Paternity Pay. To qualify, you’ll need to have worked for us for a year. Partnership Paternity Pay is paid for one week and is designed to top up your Statutory Paternity Pay to your normal earnings. (If your Statutory Paternity Pay is greater than your normal earnings, you won’t be paid Partnership Paternity Pay.) If you wish to take two weeks’ paternity leave, the second week will be paid at the statutory rate of paternity pay.

Parental leave

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’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 more than a week at a time, or up to 18 weeks together, but you must take parental leave in weekly blocks. If you take less than a contractual working week, it will still be counted as one week of your total 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.
Shared parental leave

Shared Parental Leave allows you to take a flexible approach to deciding when you’ll be away from work once 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 still be taken as Maternity Leave. After this, you’re free to end your Maternity Leave when you wish and share some or all of the remaining 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 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. Find out more on statutory shared parental leave and pay.

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
Adoption leave
As well as statutory adoption leave and pay, we also offer Partnership Adoption Pay. This means that after working for us for two years, Partnership Adoption Pay is paid for the first 14 weeks of your adoption leave and tops up any statutory adoption pay that you receive, up to your normal earnings. (If your Statutory Adoption Pay or is greater than your normal earnings, you won’t be paid Partnership Adoption Pay.)

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 2018/19 bonus was 3% 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 25% discount (12% off electrical products) in John Lewis & Partners and 15% discount in Waitrose & Partners, including online. You’ll even be able to nominate someone you live with to share your discount too.

close

Pension and life assurance

Holiday and extended leave

Subsidised food and drink

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

And our life assurance scheme will pay three times your annual salary to your nominated beneficiary, so you can plan for your future.

close

If you join at levels 8 to 10, you’ll receive 22 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays, rising to 25 days after three years. Anyone at level 7 and above receives 25 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays.

After ten years’ service, all Partners receive 30 days’ holiday. Once a year, you’ll also have the option of buying an extra week’s holiday.

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.

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

close

Our dining rooms and cafes across our sites offer excellent food and drink at subsidised prices.

close

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.

close

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 who wants to share parental leave with your partner, or you’re adopting. The John Lewis Partnership supports all Partners to find the right balance between parenting and satisfying careers in our business.

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.

close

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 Partner Support team offers a helpline for emotional and practical support as well as financial mediation, while our Partnership Health Services provide physiotherapy, counselling and other health services. In 2018, a free health and wellbeing platform, Unmind was rolled out to all Partners.

close

Your free time

Give as you Earn

Season ticket loans

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.

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.

close

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.

close

Loans are available to help finance travel season tickets which are interest-free for most Partners.

close

Flexible working

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Flexible working is welcomed and encouraged. It’s not where, when or how you fulfil 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.

close

As well as Statutory maternity leave and pay, we offer Partnership Maternity Pay, meaning that after working for us for two years, 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. (If your Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance is greater than your normal earnings, you won’t be paid Partnership Maternity Pay.)

close

You may be eligible for Statutory paternity pay and leave where you can take one or two consecutive weeks in the immediate 56 days following the birth or adoption of your child. If you’d 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.

In addition, we offer Partnership Paternity Pay. To qualify, you’ll need to have worked for us for a year. Partnership Paternity Pay is paid for one week and is designed to top up your Statutory Paternity Pay to your normal earnings. (If your Statutory Paternity Pay is greater than your normal earnings, you won’t be paid Partnership Paternity Pay.) If you wish to take two weeks’ paternity leave, the second week will be paid at the statutory rate of paternity pay.

close

Parental leave

Shared parental leave

Adoption leave

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’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 more than a week at a time, or up to 18 weeks together, but you must take parental leave in weekly blocks. If you take less than a contractual working week, it will still be counted as one week of your total 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.

close

Shared Parental Leave allows you to take a flexible approach to deciding when you’ll be away from work once 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 still be taken as Maternity Leave. After this, you’re free to end your Maternity Leave when you wish and share some or all of the remaining 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 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. Find out more on statutory shared parental leave and pay.

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

close

As well as statutory adoption leave and pay, we also offer Partnership Adoption Pay. This means that after working for us for two years, Partnership Adoption Pay is paid for the first 14 weeks of your adoption leave and tops up any statutory adoption pay that you receive, up to your normal earnings. (If your Statutory Adoption Pay or is greater than your normal earnings, you won’t be paid Partnership Adoption Pay.)

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