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Staff benefits and T&Cs

There is a lot more to working for MSF than a nine-to-five office job. You are joining a global movement that helps millions of people every year and responds fast when disasters strike.

We offer an exciting and creative place to work with fantastic colleagues and some great benefits.

Staff benefits

MSF UK/IE offers a competitive salary for a similar type and size of NGO and offers a large range of attractive benefits to all our staff.  

We regularly review our benefits to ensure that they are attractive to our staff and are reflective of our organisational ethos.  

Annual leave

We offer a generous annual leave: 28 days (pro rata for part-time staff) in addition to eight bank holidays per year.

We close our office between Christmas and New Year and staff are required to take three days of their holiday entitlement for the closure days.

Other leave

We offer our staff time off to care for dependents, to deal with emergencies and on compassionate grounds.

It's such a positive and supportive office environment, and I love working with like-minded people who believe in the same things I do
RosalynMSF UK fundraiser

Flexible working

At MSF UK we recognise the value of staff having a healthy balance between home and work life, which is why we support and promote flexible working.

MSF UK operates flexi time. The daily requirement is to work eight hours with half hour for lunch. Our core hours are between 9.30am-5pm and flexi time periods between 8.30am-9.30am and 5pm-6pm.

We also offer staff the opportunity to request flexible working to suit your personal circumstances on meeting certain eligibility criteria.


To help our staff plan for the future, we offer a very competitive pension scheme compared to other similar organisations in the sector.

After three months’ continuous employment, you will be enrolled into MSF UK’s Group Personal Pension Scheme.

MSF UK will make an employer contribution equivalent to 10 percent of your gross salary; you will also be able to make additional employee contributions.

Sick leave and pay

MSF UK offers support for staff who are too unwell to attend work. The discretionary organisational sick pay scheme helps alleviate hardship and anxiety on those occasions when employees are unable to carry out their duties due to illness or injury.

Income Protection and Group Life Schemes

On completion of three months’ employment with MSF UK, you will receive additional benefits though our Group Income Protection Scheme, for long-term ill-health protection, and Group Life Scheme which is equal to four times the individual’s salary on death while employed.

Learning and development support

At MSF UK we recognise the importance of staff learning and developing new skills and knowledge, or undertaking further study or research.

We offer a flexible approach to identifying and meeting learning and development needs of our staff depending on organisational and individual learning objectives and individual learning style. 

We’re a small office so there isn’t a defined career ladder as such. However, there are often opportunities to get involved in the work of other departments on a project basis.

All our staff participate in the annual performance review process, as well as ongoing manager-staff conversations. These are aimed at not only discussing work objectives and your progress, but also your individual learning and development needs.

Training budget is reviewed and allocated on an annual basis, and can be used towards the identified and agreed learning opportunity.

Interest free loans

On completion of the probationary period, we offer staff interest free loans towards the purchase of an annual season ticket or bicycle. We also offer staff the option of taking out a loan for gym membership.

Cycle-to-Work Scheme

On completion of the probationary period, staff will have the opportunity to purchase any make/model of bike (up to a certain value) and associated safety equipment via a ‘salary exchange’ arrangement. Substantial savings come about because you don’t pay tax or NI on the amount paid out on the bike.

Employee assistance programme

Staff have access to independent, free and confidential advice on a range of issues, including personal relationships, finances, childcare or work-related issues.

For staff who return from the field, we offer additional confidential psychosocial support and counselling.

Eyesight care

MSF UK employees are entitled to a free annual eyesight test and a contribution towards the cost of glasses if they are necessary specifically for use with display screen equipment.

Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave

We offer enhanced maternity and paternity pay over the statutory requirements on fulfilment of some eligibility criteria.

Childcare vouchers

This is a tax efficient way of buying childcare vouchers from your gross salary via a ‘salary exchange’ scheme. This means you won't have to pay tax or National Insurance on the value of the vouchers.

Operational updates

At MSF UK there are plenty of opportunities to hear about MSF operations. Every Tuesday lunchtime staff who have recently returned from the field, or staff from other MSF offices and missions, give an informal talk about their experience or project.

Standard terms and conditions

These are just some of the terms and conditions of employment. You will receive full statement of terms and conditions once we have received your references and confirmed your right to work in the UK.

Probationary Period

Usually three months, during which time the contract may be terminated by either side with one week’s notice.


Notice periods vary dependent on the level of job but will be either eight or 12 weeks on successful completion of a probationary period.

Please read our Vulnerable Beneficiary Policy