Working for CQC: employee benefits

Page last updated: 12 May 2022

These benefits are available to permanent CQC employees:


The annual leave entitlement for permamnent staff starts at 27 days plus bank holidays. After 3 years of service, it rises to 29 days, and after 5 years of service it rises to 32.5 days.

Maternity leave: Staff employed for 12 months or more at the 15th week before their expected due date qualify for 26 weeks leave at full pay. There is an additional 13 weeks statutory pay, and an additional 13 weeks unpaid leave.

Partner support (paternity) leave: Staff employed for 12 months or more qualify for 3 consecutive weeks leave at full pay, to be completed within 56 days of the birth of the child or adoption.

Adoption leave qualifying period: Staff employed for 12 months or more qualify for 26 weeks leave at full pay. There is an additional 13 weeks statutory adoption pay (SAP), and an additional 13 weeks unpaid leave.


Staff can join the NHS pension scheme or, where appropriate, Nest, the government-backed workplace pension scheme.

Employee assistance programme

Staff and their family members have access to a 24 hour helpline and face-to-face counselling service.

Employee benefits

CQC staff have access to these additional benefits:

Season ticket loan

CQC staff who have completed their probationary period can apply for a salary advance to pay for their public transport season ticket. Salary advances can be up to £5,000 interest free.

Season ticket loans allow staff to take advantage of reduced rates offered when paying up-front, rather than weekly or monthly. The loan is repaid through salary deductions over an agreed period, up to a maximum of 12 months.

Cycle to work scheme

CQC staff can hire up to £5,000 worth of bike and/or bike equipment a year. The hiring costs are deducted from their gross salary over a period of 12 months, allowing them to make substantial tax and national insurance savings, as well as boosting their health.

NHS Fleet Solutions

NHS Fleet Solutions gives permanent CQC staff access to a scheme that provides competitively priced and trouble-free motoring. Under the scheme, employees are provided with a car for a lease period of 3 years.

Charity giving

Staff who wish to donate to a charity on a regular basis can do so in a tax efficient way by deducting it from their gross pay. This allows them to give even more, and helps make sure the charity receives regular financial support.

Discount scheme

Staff have access to an website giving discounts for high street retailers, supermarkets, restaurants and more. Discounts come in the form of instant online offers, SMS codes, and discounted gift cars and shopping vouchers.

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