Workers at the Institute have access to a range of benefits:

Defined Benefit Pension Scheme

Employees with a contract of more than 3 months will be automatically enrolled in the non-contributory GRL Pension Scheme. However employees have the option to join the contributory pension scheme if they choose to do so, both the contributory and non-contributory schemes have benefits linked to the Life Assurance Scheme. In addition employees can choose to make additional voluntary contributions to the AVC scheme to bolster their pension benefits at retirement. All pension contributions can be made under a Salary Sacrifice Scheme where the employee will benefit from paying lower National Insurance contributions and therefore should see an increase in take-home pay.

Life Assurance

In the event of an employee's death before retirement, but whilst still in service, the Plan provides a lump sum of four times basic pay and as a member of the GRL Pension Plan, a retirement or spouse's / civil partner's / dependant's death benefits will also be payable.

Group Income Protection

Employees who are employed for 12 months or more 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.


Employees who have been with the Institute for longer than six months are given the opportunity to join the healthcare scheme. This provides membership to one of the premier private health schemes without any direct cost to the employee; members can also opt to add dependents to the scheme at their own cost.

EyeCare Plan

Employees have the option to purchase discounted eyecare vouchers for their friends and family. The voucher entitles you to glasses for any purpose for you, your friends and family.


This is an employee dental payment plan. Employees can purchase dental cover at corporate rates directly from Denplan using online registration. This dental payment plan allows employees 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.

Childcare Vouchers

Provision of these vouchers forms part of a 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 which they receive childcare vouchers. This provides savings in terms of tax and national insurance.

Carers' Grant

The scheme offers staff financial support for additional care costs that arise when attending training, conferences, collaborative research visits, invited talks etc.


Located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus is a Workplace Nursery for children of Campus staff. The Workplace Nursery, Crocus Early Years Centre, is run by Bright Horizons. The Workplace Nursery allows employees to join a Salary Sacrifice scheme. The GRL Workplace Nursery Salary Sacrifice Scheme enables you to save tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on your nursery fees. This is possible because the deduction of your nursery fees happens prior to the calculation and deduction of tax and NICs. This nursery is dedicated to workers on Campus and places are available on a first come first served basis. For more information and to register your interest, please email:

Annual Leave

The Institute gives employees an annual leave entitlement of 25 days when they join, this increases on 1st January each year by 1 day to a maximum of 30 days excluding Bank Holidays. Part time staff have their holiday calculated on a pro rata basis and receive an entitlement for bank holidays.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Institute is able to offer a salary sacrifice scheme allowing employees to purchase up to 2 bikes and accessories to the value of £1000 (per employee). This scheme allows employees to benefit from income tax and national insurance relief. This salary sacrifice scheme forms part of the Government's Cycle to Work Initiative. Enrolment to the scheme is open for employees twice a year.

Health, Fitness and Fun

The Institute has an Occupational Health Service that offers advice and support to employees on work related health issues. Employees can also self refer to an independent counseling service based in Cambridge; access is funded by the Institute. In addition the Institute has an onsite gym and provides subsidised membership to all Campus workers.

The fun element and fitness opportunities are provided by the Sports and Social Club (SSC). Membership of the club is subsidised and all Campus workers can join. The SSC provide a wide range of sporting activities including circuit training, jazzercise, Pilates, a football league and much more. Social events include Burn's Night Suppers, bowling evenings, quiz nights and the Mid-summer Ball.

Murray's restaurant and DiNA cafe

For staff there are two main places to eat. The DiNA (in the Sulston building) serving a selection of deli-made sandwiches, snacks, cakes and pastries, along with a wide selection of both hot and cold beverages. Murray's restaurant is located in the Cairns Pavillion (opposite the Morgan building) and offers a selection of hot meals, salads and snacks and with the Pebble Cafe just around the corner for a nice cup of tea or coffee.

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