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Employee pay, reward and benefits

Join the University of Bradford and be part of something special – experience a friendly and welcoming workplace and join a staff community who are proud to work at the University of Bradford and who really care about its future - #TeamBradford.

You can find out more about us in our University Strategy 2020-2025

Why the University of Bradford?

There are many reasons to consider a career at the University of Bradford - we offer a comprehensive Total Reward Package and as part of our People Strategy we are committed to making it even better for every member of our staff.

We offer a competitive salary which tracks the real living wage, offers annual incremental pay progression (up to the top of the grade) and an annual cost of living rise.

We give our staff a great annual leave allowance which increases after the first year in post, up to an additional 5 days over 5 years. We also give 5 customary days (Christmas and Easter) and on top of all this there is the standard bank holidays.

We operate 3 pension schemes with generous employer contributions. We offer maternity, paternity, adoption, shared-parental and special leave and an employee assistance programme to support our staff and their families.

At a glance...

Basic Salary & Pay Awards

As a Living Wage Foundation accredited employer our pay scale tracks the real living wage rate and we give our staff incremental pay progression every April (to the top of the grade) and an annual cost of living rise. 


We offer the University Superannuation Scheme (Grade 7+), West Yorkshire Pension Fund (Grades 2-6) and the government scheme NEST.

Annual Leave

We offer generous allowances of 25 days (Grades 2-8), 30 days (Grade 9+) and up to 5 additional days for long service. We also give 5 customary days (Christmas & Easter).

Employee Assistance Programme

Offering confidential and unbiased guidance to all University employees on a whole range of issues which may affect wellbeing, whether work-related or not.

Performance Recognition Schemes

Great performance is rewarded through our performance recognition schemes with bonus or incremental pay awards and e-vouchers to say thank you for a great job.

Family Friendly Schemes

We have an established focus on family friendly schemes such as maternity, shared-parental, paternity, adoption and special leave.

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

Start saving money by taking advantage of lower Tax and NI deductions and pay directly from your salary for:

Car Leasing

Offering a fully inclusive motoring package for a brand new, fully-maintained and insured car for up to 4 years.

Cycle 2 Work

With an up to £3K allowance you can purchase a bike and safety equipment for commuting to and from work and for use at weekends and evenings.

Holiday Purchase

Get up to an additional 20 days annual leave to support your work/life balance.

Nursery Fees

Use our on-site Nursery and save money on childcare costs.

Our Employee Benefits Platform

Offers discounts on retail, supermarkets, leisure activities/experiences and holidays.

Interest Free Loans

Saving money on your travel with Metro and Northern Rail travel passes.

Healthcare Plans

You can join Sovereign Healthcare or Simplyhealth with payment direct from your salary and choose a healthcare plan for you and your family.

Team Bradford Events

#TeamBradford is at the heart of everything we do – we celebrate this annually at our Team Bradford Festival, Outstanding Achiever Awards and Long Service Awards.

Save from Salary Scheme

Taking your savings direct from your salary into your chosen savings account.

Bradford District Credit Union

Offers a variety of services including financial awareness, savings accounts and loan options with no credit check and at competitive rates.

Campus Facilities

Make the most of our campus facilities including on-site car parking, Nursery, Unique Fitness, Eye Clinic and Physiotherapy & Sports Rehabilitation all at competitive prices.

Bradford University Staff Association (BUStA)

Join BUStA and benefit from their organised events and trips and get access to the staff common room.

Equality Diversity & Inclusion Staff Networks

Join one of our staff networks and become part of the life of the University.