Exciting and challenging times lie ahead for us at RoS as we continue to evolve: embedding the 2012 Act, moving forward with Land Register completion, and implementing our digital transformation programme.
As always, we rely on our skilled and talented people to take forward and make the most of the opportunities that these challenges offer us.
Rewards of working with RoS include:
All employees, subject to eligibility, will be able to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, which provides a comprehensive range of benefits, most of which depend on how long you have been a member (reckonable service) and your pensionable pay.
This benefit provides a lump sum death in service benefit that may be paid to one of more named persons, dependant on which pension scheme the employee was a member of.
We offer a generous annual leave entitlement of 26 days per annum on joining, rising to 30 days after five years. Employees also enjoy an additional 12 days of Public and Privilege Holidays each year, of which our offices are closed on only four days allowing the remainder to be taken flexibly. The four days on which our offices are closed are 25 December, 26 December, 1 January and 2 January or the public holidays in lieu of these should any of these dates fall at the weekend.
We believe that, wherever possible, our employees should be able to continue working for as long as they wish to and they are able to do so. For this reason, we have no age retirement policy.
Work Life Balance
Hours and Leave
We operate a flexible working hours system based on a 37 hour (net), 5-day week, worked over a Monday to Friday. In addition to 26 days paid leave per annum on entry, our staff are entitled to 12 days of Public and Privilege leave per annum (pro rata for part time workers). Our offices are closed on only four of these 12 days, with the balance being used in the same way as annual leave.
Flexible Working Hours (FWH)
We operate a flexible working hours scheme that allows employees to adapt and vary their working hours to suit their personal circumstances, dependent on business needs. Where employees have worked in excess of their contractual hours for business reasons, they accumulate a FWH credit, which they can opt to use for time off in lieu (up to an additional four days Flex-Leave per month).
Alternative Working Patterns
Anyone can make a request for an alternative working pattern and we will give serious consideration to all reasonable requests, where business requirements permit. We employ individuals on a range of work patterns including part-time, part-year and compressed hours arrangements.
Special Leave, whether paid or unpaid, can be provided to support employees in particular situations, including domestic emergencies and bereavement. Employees who are selected for jury service will be given paid special leave for the duration of their required attendance.
Family Leave Policies
The Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Parental Leave/Pay policies at RoS provide arrangements that exceed statutory requirements e.g. employees with sufficient length of service and earnings are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave on full pay.
Our Meadowbank House office has an on-site snack bar, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals.
Meadowbank House offers free onsite parking on a first come first served basis, with ample on street parking nearby.
Learning & Development
We are committed to continuous development ensuring that we have the skills, abilities, attitudes and behaviours necessary to adapt to and embrace change; and to capitalise on the opportunities that present themselves to us. Each employee has a Personal Learning and Development Plan, which is reviewed and updated during regular discussions with their manager. Development opportunities take a variety of forms, including:
- Classroom-based training, whether internally or with an external provider
- Online learning from an extensive range of courses
- Experiential learning, such as taking part in the Prince’s Trust ‘Team for Employees’ programme
- Higher and Further Education – depending on your role with us, it may be appropriate for the organisation to support you in undertaking a professional or vocational qualification
Healthy Working Lives Award Scheme
We are proud to have held the Healthy Working Lives Award at Gold Level since the scheme started in 2008. We are committed to maximising health and wellbeing within our workplaces and in the wider community.
Employee Assistance Programme
Employees (and their immediate family that reside with them) have access to free, confidential and independent advice on a range of matters that affect them, including consumer, financial and relationship issues.
All employees can join this scheme, which covers a free private eye test every two years and a contribution of up to £100 towards the cost of spectacles. The contribution will be made regardless of whether the prescription is required to work with your computer.
Lifestyle Health Checks
Every two years employees have access to a Lifestyle Health check with a nurse that provides immediate results as to the individual’s Blood Pressure, hip to waist ratio, weight and BMI, and cholesterol levels.
Employees can book appointments at a reduced cost for therapies that are available onsite in MBH such as Yoga classes; Reflexology; Indian Head massage; Hot Stones; Swedish; Sports; and Remedial massage.
This health and wellbeing online portal provides access to an extensive range of health information, factsheets, and services such as:
- Personalised training programme
- Weight management plan and personal food diary
- Healthy eating and nutritional advice
- National Wellbeing discounts and services
This salary sacrifice scheme allows employees to make savings of up to £1,195 per annum on the cost of childcare with registered providers by way of tax and National Insurance savings.
Choices@RoS Retail Discounts
All employees have access to discounts and offers with a wide range of retailers including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Argos, Boots, Currys and B&Q.
Offers and discounts
In addition to the benefits available through choices@ros, employees can access further offers and discounts including Microsoft home packages, hotel stays and mobile phone discounts.
You can donate to your favourite charities tax-free, through monthly payroll deductions
Civil Service Sports & Social Events Groups
For a small monthly donation via payroll, you can have access to an extensive range of corporate leisure and fitness facilities, and discounted social events such as Theatre shows, and entry to attractions.
The Charity for Civil Servants
The Charity for Civil Servants support all civil servant employees, past and present, throughout their lives, with whatever problems they may have. Whether able to make a small donation or not, employees can access general advice on an extensive range of issues including debt management, support with carer commitments, and can also request financial assistance should they find themselves facing unexpected financial hardship.
Community Benefits Group
This group has an annual budget to be used for the purpose of sponsoring worthy causes. RoS employees can apply for funding for a community group in which they play an active role, such as youth clubs, sporting teams, conservation and volunteering groups.
Registers House Golf Club
Believed to have been founded in 1878, possibly even earlier, Register House Golf Club claims to be the oldest non course-owning office golf club in the world. Membership is open to all RoS employees and all standards of player are welcome to join.
This salary sacrifice scheme allows employees to save up to 49% on the value of the bike and accessories by way of income tax and National Insurance savings.
Travel Season Ticket Loan
This interest-free loan allows employees to request an advance of salary to cover all or part the cost of an annual travel ticket to work. The loan is then recovered directly from salary over a period of 10 months.
Green Travel and Environmental Policies
Registers of Scotland is committed to the protection of both our local and the wider environment within a wider commitment to the sustainable development agenda set out by Scottish Ministers.