We offer generous salaries and associated benefits to attract, nurture and retain the best people, and provide a fulfilling, supportive working environment.


Salaries are reviewed annually, normally in April. Further increments within the limits of your pay scale are normally awarded from the beginning of October each year, subject to the completion of six months' service and satisfactory performance.

We operate a performance-related salary progression scheme, with higher earnings for exceptional performers. One-off recognition payments may also be made to reward outstanding achievements.

Relocation allowances may be offered to eligible staff at the discretion of the recruiting school/department.


We operate three superannuation schemes dependent on salary level.

Salary level 1 to 4

Employees can choose between:

  • Local Government Scheme (LGS)  - members are currently required to contribute between 5.5% to 6.8% of their salary while the University contributes 19.2% of salary, or
  • National Employer Saving Trust (NEST) - a lower cost alternative scheme, where members contribute 3% of their salary while the University contributes 3% of salary.

Salary level 5 and above (and for researchers at level 4)

  • Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) - members are currently required to contribute 8% of their salary (salary levels 5 to 8), while the University contribute 18% of salary. We also operate a Pension Salary Exchange scheme for members of USS.

Both LGS and USS include the following benefits:

  • A tax-free lump sum and index-linked pension on retirement;
  • A lump sum death in service benefit and a spouse/dependent/civil partner’s pension.

NEST is a defined contribution scheme which allows members to build a retirement pot for life.   


We offer generous leave packages, which are pro-rata for part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

Salary level 1 to 4

  • Discretionary leave: 23 days (increasing to 25 days from January 2020)
  • Statutory/bank holidays: 8 days
  • Closure Days* to be allocated by the University: 6 days
  • Total leave: 37 days

Salary level 5 

  • Discretionary leave: 25 days 
  • Statutory/bank holidays: 8 days
  • Closure Days* to be allocated by the University: 6 days
  • Total leave: 39 days

Salary 6 and above

  • Discretionary leave: 30 days 
  • Statutory/bank holidays: 8 days
  • Closure Days* to be allocated by the University: 6 days
  • Total leave: 44 days

* The University allocates six days a year as Closure Days. A proportion of these are allocated to the Christmas break each year and the remaining day(s) are added to annual leave entitlement. This is pro-rata for full or part-time staff not working a five-day week.

We also offer additional holiday leave for long service – one day after three years and a further day after five years.


A feeling of wellbeing at work comes from a number of sources – your particular job; your relationships with other people; recognition of your achievements; progress in your career; your work-life balance; and your physical and mental health.

To help with your general wellbeing, our benefits include:

  • An on-site gym and fitness centre, including fitness classes, squash and tennis courts (for which a small annual fee applies);
  • An outdoor swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course (at Shrivenham only);
  • An Occupational Health Service which promotes health at work;
  • A counselling and information service for you and your family;
  • An on-site dentist, beauty therapist and physiotherapy service;
  • An on-site chapel and mosque/prayer room;
  • Special interest clubs and societies;
  • A diversity policy aimed at ensuring dignity at work for all;
  • A range of discounts through working partnerships with other organisations, from hotels to sports and leisure activities.

Personal development

We are committed to the ongoing development of our people since our continued success rests on the knowledge, skills and capabilities of everyone we employ.

Development opportunities include:

  • A full induction programme to aid a smooth transition into your new role and environment;
  • A University-wide mentoring scheme allowing you to gain guidance, support and advice from more experienced members of staff;
  • Appropriate professional development opportunities for employees at all stages of their careers;
  • A Performance and Development Review empowering you to establish your own targets, manage your own workloads and plan your own personal development, in conjunction with your line manager;
  • Access to Cranfield’s in-house suite of learning and development programmes;
  • The opportunity to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, which is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA);
  • Access to staff networks;
  • Payment of your membership fee of one professional body or institution per year, if it is relevant to your role.

Family-friendly schemes

Family life is often demanding and getting the right work-life balance can be a challenge. We offer several schemes and benefits to help employees achieve this balance, including:

  • Enhanced maternity/paternity and adoption schemes;
  • A flexible working policy so that staff can balance their personal and professional lives;
  • Discounts on childcare costs via the Computershare voucher scheme;
  • On-site or local nursery provision;
  • Compassionate leave in cases of bereavement or severe illness in the immediate family;
  • School holiday clubs/childcare provision (Cranfield campus only).

Working environment

We have a wide range of facilities/services which help to provide a stimulating working environment:

  • A diverse international community;
  • On-site restaurants and refreshment facilities;
  • Green, open spaces with outdoor seating;
  • Environmentally friendly policies;
  • Free car parking;
  • Personal accident insurance, travel and medical insurance, and illness and life insurance while you are on University business;
  • Car share scheme (Cranfield campus only).