As a staff member at GSU, you are entitled to the following benefits:


In the office (for Clerical roles)

- Office hours, Monday – Friday.*
- Free tea, coffee and milk in offices.
- Free large soft drinks (post-mix) in the Lower Deck.**
- Student prices on hot drinks in Change and Village Shop.**
- Student prices in Lower Deck on all applicable menu items.**
- Free venue hire at the Lower Deck. **


Annual Leave

Annual Leave - 25 days per year rising one day per year of service up to five years to a total of 30 days, plus 8 bank holiday days.
Total - 33 with a maximum total of 38.
Christmas Closure - additional 3 paid days.
Holiday carryover option - up to 5 days to be used in August.

Other Leave***

Death or serious illness of a family member - up to 3 days.
Wedding day - 1 day for own or immediate family.
Moving House - 1 day.
Funeral attendance - 1 day.
Sickness of Dependant - up to 2 days.

Family Leave

52 weeks - Enhanced Maternity pay. 20 weeks full pay, followed by 19 weeks statutory pay, 13 weeks unpaid option.

Two weeks full pay.

Shared Maternity/Paternity
Same pay rates on the same conditions as Maternity Pay.

20 weeks full, followed by 19 weeks statutory adoption pay.

Sickness pay***

All staff are paid from the first day of sickness. From two weeks full pay to two months full pay and two months half pay. Dependant on length of service followed by statutory allowance.


Employee contribution: 5–7%
Employer contribution: 4–6%

Miscellaneous Benefits

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
Staff have access to a comprehensive wellbeing resource, offering information, advice and confidential support.

Training and staff days
Training opportunities are provided for all staff and GSU has regular staff days promoting a sense of community, achievement and growth.

Insights profile
Staff are able to take an Insights Discovery Profile evaluator and get a personalised report.

Flexible working
Permission can be given if a reasonable case is made.

Parking permit loan
GSU pays for the full loan after probation, staff pay back without interest.

Travel loan
GSU pays for the full loan after probation, staff pay back without interest.

Eye test and contribution to lenses
GSU pays for an eye test and gives a contribution to lens prescription.

Insurance – death in service
GSU has cover for all career staff members – three years’ salary paid.


* Some evening or weekend work may be required; time is given back in lieu.
**All staff benefits are subject to changes within the Commercial department.
***Options for CEO and Trustees to extend case by case.