SOAS University of London

Staff Development

Staff Benefits

As a member of SOAS staff you are entitled to a variety of benefits:

Competitive Salary

Staff at SOAS are paid within one of eight grades on the national 51 point pay spine.

The salary quoted in the job description shows the entire range of salaries assigned to the grade of the job. The salary offered to the successful candidate will depend upon their experience and previous salary.

Once appointed, staff (if in post by 31 January) will move to the next point on the salary scale each year on 1 August until they reach the maximum of the scale.

In addition to the annual increment, a percentage rise will normally be negotiated nationally with the trade unions each year, and will also be awarded from 1 August.

The School uses a job evaluation scheme for evaluating roles to ensure equal pay for work of equal value across all staff.

London Allowance is paid in addition to basic salary to staff located in London.

The current rate is £3,227 per annum will increase incrementally to £3,500 in August 2018. From 1 August 2019 London Allowance will be consolidated into basic pay.

(g10/professors): The salary offered will be determined based on experience and previous salary and will be in line with the range quoted in the job advert. Staff can be considered for salary progression through an annual reward process.


SAUL Grade 2-5: The School operates the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL) Career Revalued Benefits (CARE) pension scheme. The School will contribute a sum equal to 13% of your salary while you pay 6%.

USS Grade 6-10: The School operates the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) Career Revalued Benefits (CARE) pension scheme. The School will contribute a sum equal to 18% of your salary while you pay 8%. Members also have access to the new defined contribution section of the USS scheme.  Eligible staff will pay pension contributions on a salary sacrifice basis.

Further details are available on the Payroll and Pensions page.


Staff are offered 30 days (6 weeks) paid leave per annum plus Bank and Public holidays normally observed in England and Wales. In addition, the School is normally closed for up to six days a year, over the Christmas and Easter holidays. Part-time staff will be entitled to the pro-rata equivalent.

Further details are available on the Annual Leave Procedure page.

Life Cover

SAUL Grade 2-5: Active members of the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL) pension scheme automatically receive life cover. A lump sum of four times your salary together with a refund of your contributions and a two-thirds pension for your dependent/spouse will be payable should you die before retirement whilst in employment.

USS Grade 6-10: Active members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) automatically qualify for life cover equal to three times your salary so long as you remain a member of the scheme. Dependents pensions will also be available.

Further details are available on the Payroll and Pensions page.

Travel Season Ticket Loan

Interest-free loands are available for staff to purchase annual season tickets. For further details please see the Season ticket loan form (msword; 42kb)   document.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The School promotes a greener approach to travel by encouraging the use of a bicycle as transport to and from work, and supports the Government’s Cycle to Work scheme.

The scheme offers an attractive employee benefit and provides substantial savings on the cost of a bike and safety equipment. More detailed information including an FAQ section can be found in the  Cycle to Work Scheme (msword; 61kb)   document.

Computer Loan

The School offers staff an interest free loan up to a maximum of £1,500 to purchase a computer. This is repaid over 24 months. To apply for a Computer Loan, please contact the Payroll Manager for an application form. To find out more and to apply, please see the Computer loan form (pdf; 58kb) document.

Work-life balance and family-related matters

The School offers a range of benefits to support you in balancing work life and family life, including enhanced maternity and paternity packages and childcare vouchers.

Enhanced Maternity and Adoption Pay

Qualifying employees are entitled to enhanced maternity/adoption pay: 18 weeks' full pay; 8 weeks' half pay; 13 weeks' Statutory Maternity/Adoption Pay for 33 weeks. This is an enhancement to the statutory provision of 90% of average pay for 6 weeks followed by Statutory MaternityAdoption Pay for 33 weeks. Staff returning to work after maternity/adoption leave will also receive an incentive payment of one additional week's pay for the first eight months.

See the Maternity Procedure page for more details.

Enhanced Paternity Pay

Qualifying employees are entitled to two weeks' paternity leave entitlement at full pay. This compares to the statutory provision of two weeks' pay at the statutory rate.

More details are on the Paternity Leave Policy & Procedure page.

Childcare Voucher Scheme

Childcare vouchers can enable parents to pay for childcare from pre-tax and National Insurance income. Childcare vouchers allow you to choose your own childcare provider and to have your childcare costs reduced. Go to Childcare Vouchers for more information.

Childcare Allowance

The School provides some financial assistance to employees who are required to pay childminder or nursery fees for their children. See the Childcare Allowance - Application Form and Terms & Conditions (msword; 52kb)   document for further details.

Flexible working

The School recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life and is committed to considering and agreeing, where possible, requests for flexible working to enable staff to manage their responsibilities caring for children or adults. See Flexible Working Guidelines for Staff for more details.

Wellbeing and support

Enhanced Sick Pay

Occupational sick pay is offered at the rate of two weeks' full pay, followed by two weeks' half pay from day one of employment, rising incrementally to 6 months' full pay followed by six months' half pay after 5 years' service. See the Sickness Absence Policy for details.

24/7 confidential support

Staff and their household members have access to the free, external confidential support service for work, financial, legal family and personal matters through the Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Programme. The Livewell Optum service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Staff also have access to free and confidential telephone counselling, webinars, self-help programmes and many other resources.

Occupational Health

The School works with an independent occupational health provider, taking a proactive approach to the management of health in the work environment. The service advises on the effects of health on work and work on health. Staff experiencing work-related muscular-skeletal problems can also access a physiotherapy service. Please see the  Occupational Health Service (pdf; 163kb)   document for further details.

Eye Tests

Employees using display screen equipment (DSE) such as VDUs are entitle to an eye examination funded by the School via the Eye Test Claim Form (msword; 32kb)  .

Faith and Spiritual Practice

SOAS is a community where individuals are free to practice their faith in an open and encouraging environment. There are prayer rooms available for both staff and students to use. You can find out more at Faith and Spiritual Practice.

NUS Extra Card

An NUS extra card offers over 200 UK discounts on a huge range of places, from supermarkets to fashion to cinemas to restaurants. Choose from a 1 year card for £12, a 2 year card for £22 or a 3 year card for £32. Click on the links to find out more and purchase a card. You will need to use your SOAS email address to register.

Learning and Career Development

Training and personal development

The School is very supportive of developing its staff and offers a wide range of internal courses to help staff develop on a personal and professional level, as well as providing funding to attend external events and conferences. Go to Staff Learning and Development for further details.

Staff also have access to a Fee Remission Scheme for SOAS part-time Masters level study. Go to  Fee Remission Guidelines (msword; 73kb) for further information.


Staff members have access to the SOAS Library, which is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


All staff are welcome to attend a range of exhibitions, lectures, Q&As and seminars held by academic departments. See the Calendar of Public Events at SOAS for information.

Trade Unions

Generally the union for Professional Services staff is UNISON and the union for academic staff is UCU. The union reps will advise on which is the most suitable for you.