Staff Benefits

At the West Brom, we always say our staff are our best asset – and we mean it! The success of the business, and our future progress, is based upon the rich array of skilled and talented people we have within the Society.

The contribution of everyone matters to us and we believe strongly in ensuring people feel genuinely valued for the work and commitment they make to the Society. This is therefore shown in the spread of benefits that staff can enjoy with the West Brom. Here are just some:

Holiday Entitlements
  • 2.08 days per completed month up to 2 years’ service (maximum 25 days)
  • 2.17 days per completed month from 2 to 5 years’ service (maximum 26 days)
  • 2.25 days per completed month from 5 to 10 years’ service (maximum 27 days)
  • 2.58 days per completed month after 10 years’ service (maximum 31 days)

The holiday year runs from 1 January to 31 December each year.

Flexible holidays

The Society operates a policy of allowing employees to buy or sell up to 5 days holiday entitlement each year.

Stakeholder Pension Scheme

In line with government legislation, employees will be automatically enrolled into the Society’s pension scheme at a rate of 2% if you meet the following criteria:

  • earning over £10,000 a year (£833 a month)
  • aged 22 or over; and
  • under State Pension age.

The Scheme is a qualifying pension scheme, which means it meets or exceeds the government’s new standards.  Once you have been auto-enrolled you may wish to pay a higher % into the Scheme, and the Society will match your contribution up to 10% helping you save more towards your pension on a regular basis.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will not be automatically enrolled, but you may still join the Scheme (and receive the matched contribution from the Society) if you so decide.

Life assurance

Ensuring the financial needs of our loved ones are taken care of after our death is a key priority in financial planning. This also forms a central part of our provision for staff at the West Brom. All employees are entitled to Life Assurance. Life Assurance will be provided by the Society at 4 times your salary if you are a member of the pension scheme and 3 times salary if you are not.

Private medical insurance

The Society’s Private Health Insurance is subsidised at 50% after the completion of 2 years continuous service and is 100% subsidised after 5 years continuous service, subject to the scheme rules.

Enhanced maternity pay

We are keen to encourage women to remain with the West Brom following maternity leave. Following a qualifying period, maternity pay is paid at an enhanced rate, provided you return to work for at least 6 months following your maternity leave.

Childcare vouchers

In conjunction with Computershare, the Society offers childcare vouchers to parents, providing a tax and National Insurance contribution saving to the employee. These can be used at one of Computershare’s countrywide purpose built day nurseries, or as payment for other registered childminders, nannies, nurseries etc.

The West Brom Social Club

The West Brom Social Club is an active and popular part of the Society, organising social events and activities at attractively discounted rates. This can include theatre trips, concert tickets, sporting events, and a busy calendar of other attractions.

Employee Support Helpline

The welfare and wellbeing of staff is a priority for us. With this in mind, the Society has a 24 hour Employee Support Helpline, which provides advice, information and counselling services for employees and their families. The Helpline is completely free and confidential at all times.

Discounted travel cards and parking

West Midlands Travel and Centro cards, covering Bus, Metro and Rail travel in a wide range of geographical areas are available to employees at a discounted rate. In addition, the Society offers interest free loans to pay for the card over 6, 10 or 12 monthly instalments directly through the Payroll.

For those working at Head Office and who travel by car, following the successful completion of your probation period, the Society offers interest free loans to pay for an annual parking permit (saving a significant amount compared to paying daily) over 12 monthly instalments directly through the Payroll.

Eyecare Benefits Scheme

The Society covers the cost of employee eye tests and is registered in a Corporate Eyecare Scheme, which offers comprehensive savings on eye examinations, spectacles and contact lenses to all employees and their families.

West Brom Staff Car Scheme

The West Brom Staff Car Scheme is open to all members of staff (other than those on probation) though you must be over 21 years with one year’s driving experience. You can lease a new car from 24–36 months at a fixed monthly cost, which can work out significantly lower than if you’d funded the vehicle yourself.

Apart from fuel, the West Brom Staff Car Scheme provides for everything. That means you can simply forget about the additional costs of insurance, MOT, road tax, servicing, accident management and the usual ‘wear and tear’ of driving, such as replacement tyres.

Shopping discount scheme

The West Brom offers a discount shopping scheme for all members of staff, the scheme allows you and your family the opportunity to enjoy savings and discounts at over 1,600 retailers, including top names, such as Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, and Thomas Cook to highlight just a few of the leading brands. The scheme gives you cashback on your purchases, in-store savings, on-line direct discount, discounted vouchers as well as telephone offers.