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Find out more about the benefits you can expect when you join The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Hours and leave

For a full-time role, employees will normally work a five-day week of 40 hours, including one hour for lunch which is unpaid.

Annual leave of 26 days, rising to 31 days after five years’ reckonable service, is provided in addition to statutory holidays and 1.5 ‘privilege days’ each year.

Hours for part-time posts will be pro-rata based on a 35-hour (net) working week. Annual leave and entitlement to bank holidays are also calculated on pro-rata basis.

Special leave

The NHMF allows paid and unpaid special leave in specified circumstances detailed in our staff handbook.

Learning and development

The NHMF is fully committed to learning and development and holds the Investor in People accreditation.


  • deliver effective induction and familiarisation training for new staff
  • give all employees an annual personal development plan
  • provide access to a wide range of training opportunities including workshops and e-learning delivered in-house, as well as some opportunities for external learning
  • want to ensure staff have the right skills and knowledge to deliver their roles effectively


The NHMF offers the following pension options:

  • Alpha under the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS)
  • Partnership Pension Account.

More information on these options is provided on appointment.

Salary advance

An interest-free advance is offered to all members of staff who have completed their probationary period to cover the cost of an annual season ticket or purchase of a bicycle.

There is also the option for an advance to cover the first month’s rent deposit on a flat/house. The sum advanced will be repaid by regular deduction from salary.

Cycle to Work scheme

As part of the government’s Cycle to Work scheme, the NHMF is able to hire out bicycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. Employees choose the bike and safety accessories needed and the NHMF will hire the equipment to the employee through salary sacrifice reductions for a minimum 12-month period. This can save employees up to 40% on the retail price.

Gym membership and health screening

After three months' service the NHMF will offer up to £50 per month (paid through payroll and taxable) for gym membership. After one year's service there is also the option of a health screen provided by Nuffield Proactive Health.

Benenden Healthcare

As the NHMF is a public sector body, employees are eligible to join Benenden Healthcare. Benenden can offer affordable healthcare benefits which work alongside and not in competition with the NHS. It is a low-cost, high-benefit plan which offers a flexible range of treatment for employees and their nominated relatives.

Childcare voucher scheme

The NHMF operates the Computershare Voucher Services childcare voucher scheme. By purchasing vouchers via their monthly salary, up to a specified limit, employees receive a tax and National Insurance saving on that part of their salary.

Note that from 4 October 2018, this scheme is now closed to new applicants.