Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

We pride ourselves on taking care of all our staff.

In addition to an annual leave entitlement of 25 days, which increases on 1st January each year by 1 day to a maximum of 30 days, we provide a competitive and comprehensive range of benefits for you and your family, to compliment your lifestyle.

Saving for the future

Genome Research Limited Pension Scheme

Genome Research Limited (GRL) – which includes all employees of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Connecting Science – offers a generous Defined Contribution Pension Scheme. Membership of this Scheme is via auto-enrolment and your Pensionable Service starts on the first day of your employment.

A defined contribution (DC) scheme, also known as Money Purchase, works by the employer and employee making contributions on a regular basis to generate a pot of money that is used to provide an income in retirement.

The GRL Defined Contribution Scheme has the following key elements:

  • GRL contributes 5% of pensionable pay
  • Employee contributes 3% of pensionable pay
  • A further 10% contribution is available. This can be taken as a further employer pension contribution, a supplement to salary or a combination of both.

Once an employee reaches four years of service, they are currently eligible to join the GRL Defined Benefit (final salary) Scheme.

Life Assurance

A very important benefit provided by the GRL Pension Plan is life assurance cover. In the event of your death before retirement, but whilst still in service, the Plan provides for a lump sum payment of six times basic pay to your nominated beneficiaries.

Group Income Protection

If you are employed on a contract with a duration of 12 months or more, you are automatically enrolled in the Group Income Protection Scheme. In the event of incapacity that precludes an employee from undertaking work an application can be made to the scheme for salary payments and accrual of pension benefits paid at a percentage of basic pay for the length of the scheme policy.

Protecting your health

Occupation Health Service

The Institute has an Occupational Health Service that offers advice and support on work related health issues. Employees can also self refer to an independent counseling service based in Cambridge; access is funded by the Institute.

Private Healthcare

When you have been employed for longer than six months, you will be given the opportunity to join our Healthcare Scheme. This provides membership to a premier private health scheme without any direct cost; there is also the option to add dependents to the scheme at your own cost.

EyeCare Plan

Our EyeCare Plan provides you with the option to purchase discounted eyecare vouchers for friends and family. Vouchers entitle you to glasses for any purpose for you, your friends and family.


Our employee dental payment plan enables you to purchase dental cover at corporate rates directly from Denplan using online registration. This dental payment plan allows you to spread the cost of routine (check-ups, hygiene visits and x-rays) and restorative (crowns, bridges or fillings) dental care. The dental benefit also allows you to choose which dentist to go to - whether private or NHS.


Campus Nursery

For parents raising young children, our Workplace Nursery allows them to integrate childcare into their working day. The Crocus Early Years Centre, is avaialble on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus for parents and carers with pre-school age children. Run by Bright Horizons, the nursery is solely for the use of parents on Campus and places are available on a first come first served basis. To help with the cost of your childcare, we operate a Workplace Nursery Salary Sacrifice Scheme which enables you to save tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on your nursery fees. For more information and to register your interest, please email: nursery@hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk

Childcare Vouchers

Regardless of whether you use the onsite nursery, the Institute offers staff a Childcare Voucher Scheme. This is salary sacrifice arrangement, introduced by the Government, to provide subsidised childcare costs. The scheme enables those with children at an Ofsted registered childcare facility to sacrifice part of their salary in return for childcare vouchers. This provides savings in terms of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC).

Carer's Grant

We also offer a Carer's Grant Scheme which provides staff with financial support for additional care costs that arise when attending training, conferences, collaborative research visits, invited talks etc.

Fitness and fun

Campus Life

We really want you to enjoy working with us, and, as an employee of the Sanger Institute you will have access to an impressive range of Campus facilities, including a gym, cafe and a restaurant, as well as sports and social events.

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Onsite Gym

The Genome Campus has a well equiped gym, located in the Cairn's Pavilion near the Pebbles Café, with a range of cardiovascular, weight machines and free weights. Membership is open to all campus employees, by subscription, for £4 per month.

Social Events

Membership of our Sports and Social Club is subsidised and all Campus workers can join, including PhD students, visiting workers and contractors, for just £5 a month.

The Genome Campus Sports and Social Club team arrange sporting and social activities that punctuate the Institute's calendar. Burns Night Supper, Summer Solstice Punting, Fireworks Night and the Christmas Ball are favourites with staff. Day trips out, quiz nights and other events throughout the year pack the social calendar, helping people across the whole Campus to meet and get to know each other.

Murray's restaurant and DiNA cafe

We offer two venues where you can meet, socialise and eat on Campus. The DiNA (in the Sulston building) serves an excellent selection of deli-made sandwiches, snacks, cakes and pastries, along with a wide range of hot and cold beverages. Murray's Restaurant is located in the Cairns Pavillion (opposite the Morgan building) and offers a daily menu of hot meals, salads and snacks or you can visit the Pebble Cafe just around the corner for a nice cup of tea or coffee.

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Cycle to Work Scheme

The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus has a Good Environmental Practice policy. Green travel initiatives are actively encouraged including a cycle-to-work scheme, car sharing and free Campus buses from various locations around Cambridge. As part of the Government's Cycle to Work Initiative, the Institute offers a salary sacrifice scheme which allows employees to purchase up to two bikes and accessories to the value of £1000 (per employee). This scheme allows employees to benefit from income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) relief and is open for employees to join twice a year.

Employee Discounts

GRL Employee Discount Scheme & Concierge Service

All of our staff have access to a free employee discount scheme and concierge service which is managed by Xexec, a leading provider of staff benefit programmes. This gives access to a range of benefits including:

  • Exclusive discounts and savings on regular purchases from your weekly grocery shop to purchases from leading retailers and brands including Sainsbury’s, Boots, Asos, Apple, Gap, Virgin Media and New Look .
  • Cashback on your purchases from a wide range of leading high street brands and online retailers.
  • A concierge service provided by Xexec’s exclusive in-house booking, travel agency and ticketing teams who can book everything from discounted holidays, car hire, restaurant reservations and tickets to leading attractions, sporting, music and cultural events.

Employee Voluteering

Employee Volunteering Leave

All of our employees are entitled to up to two days (pro rata) paid Volunteering Leave a year to develop new skills and give something back to their community by undertaking projects or activites with registered charities.