Clare College Cambridge

Staff Benefits


Clare College recognises that our staff are key to the effective functioning of the College.  In acknowledging this, Clare College wishes to support its staff by offering a range of non-contractual benefits which, depending on your role, could include the following:


The College offers membership of a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme to eligible staff after a qualifying period.  The standard contribution rates for this scheme start at 3% by the employee and 6% by the College.  Every January staff will have the opportunity of increasing their contribution from 3% to 4/5/6 or 7% and the College will increase their contribution in line with this so 8/10/12 or 14%. 


For staff that are not eligible for this Pension Scheme they will be enrolled into the NEST Government Pension Scheme.  The standard contribution for this scheme is 5% by the employee and 3% by the College.

Access to a 'cash plan' healthcare scheme (currently provided by Medicash)

'Medicash' is a cash plan scheme that allows you to claim back towards your everyday health care costs, such as sight tests or dental check-ups.  The College provides membership of the scheme to eligible staff free of charge.  This represents a taxable benefit.


Annual Leave

The College offers a generous annual leave allowance of 34 working days (inclusive of Bank Holidays), pro-rata for those not working a 5 day week.  Our holiday year runs from 1 October to 30 September.


Group Life Insurance Cover

The College provides Group Life Insurance cover (also known as 'Death in Service' benefit) for all its non-casual employees.  It pays out a lump sum of two times' annual salary to the family or next of kin for an employee in the event of their death while employed by the College.


Employee Assistance Programme

The College provides all staff with membership of an Employee Assistance Programme which can provide help with every day issues including work, family, relationships, money and health


Meal allowance in the College's Buttery Dining Room

Staff can enjoy a range of hot and cold meal options (subject to a daily monetary limit of £4.40 as at 28/3/2019).


Cycle to Work Scheme

The College has a cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme in place and we also provide access to secure cycle parking for those who wish to cycle to work. 

In addition, staff who wish to park are provided with car parking facilities close to the College, subject to availability. 

Training and Development

The College offers a range of staff development opportunities and events to support you in your role and to help you develop your career.