Our Promise

Taking Care of Our People

We believe in looking after the people who work with us as we're proud of what we do; we value the contribution of all our staff who contribute to our success as an organisation. With exceptional welfare and support on offer, we'll do all we can to help you be your best - both in and out of work. We pride ourselves on our flexible working patterns and the wide range of health and support services available.

  • Generous paid time off with 30 days holiday per year, plus an additional four discretionary days. When you add that together with the eight statutory bank holidays, you get 42 paid days off each year.
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, shared parental and family care leave.
  • Flexible work policies to help you balance your personal and professional lives.
  • Contributory pension scheme with five times your basic salary life assurance and excellent retirement plans.
  • Expert guidance on stress, health and other confidential needs.

Working Environment

Our light and airy modern office environment is set in its own extensive, picturesque grounds with a rich local history. It comes with a huge chill-out zone offering a comfortable area where staff can meet and relax; a quiet space for reflection and meditation; and a library full of resources. It’s the ideal setting to support well-being at work and offers a space to suit everyone’s needs.

Full-time staff work 35 hours a week with one hour daily for lunch; normal office hours are 09:15 – 17:15 but we can be flexible to suit your needs.

Personal Development

We are proud to be a learning organisation, focused on improving performance and helping our staff be the best that they can. We support ongoing learning and development, offering a range of opportunities to help you grow in your current role and beyond.

When you join us you will receive a tailored induction programme, adapted for your specific role. We will continue to support your career and development using a blending learning approach that may include workshops, coaching, seminars and eLearning.

We also offer opportunities for secondments, support for professional qualifications and access to an internal coach.


We don’t want you to miss out on our pension scheme so whether you're a new permanent member of staff or on a long-term or a fixed-term contract, you’ll become a member of the NFER Retirement Savings Plan from day one.

This is a defined contribution, occupational pension scheme with a salary exchange arrangement as the mechanism for paying pension contributions.

Occupational Health

You’ll be entitled to support for the cost of eye examinations and for the cost of spectacles where these are required specifically for work with display screen equipment. You’ll also be eligible to be considered for a series of free physiotherapy treatments with a local provider where an injury/complaint is directly affecting your ability to carry out your everyday work.


There is plenty of free parking available in our spacious leafy grounds and bike shelters are provided for those who want to cycle to work.

Season Ticket Loans

Season ticket loans are available to staff.


The National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales. Head office and registered address: The Mere, Upton Park, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2DQ
Recruitment enquiries: Email: hr@nfer.ac.uk
General enquiries: Telephone: +44(0)1753 574123 | Fax:+44(0)1753 691632 | Email: enquiries@nfer.ac.uk
Product enquiries: Telephone: +44(0)1753 637007 | Email: products@nfer.ac.uk
Research participant enquiries: Telephone: +44(0)1753 637096 | Email: rpo@nfer.ac.uk
Registered charity number 313392. Registered number 900899 (England and Wales). A company limited by guarantee.