Staff benefits

All BGS staff enjoy a range of benefits in addition to their salary, aimed at promoting a positive work-life balance. Benefits include a range of flexible working opportunities, a generous annual leave entitlement and access to a very competitive pension scheme.


All staff are entitled to 30 days annual leave per annum plus 10.5 public and privilege days (pro rata for part–time staff). Staff have access to paid and unpaid special leave to assist with unforeseen domestic events and medical appointments.


We have a geological library, where all staff have digital access to the extensive library resources held at Keyworth. The library at Wallingford has a wide range of publications on hydrology and hydrogeology. Opportunities for flexible working. A range of flexible working opportunities are available; depending on your role.

Pension Scheme

Staff have access to a very competitive pension scheme provided by the Research Councils Pension Scheme and administered by JSS.

More information on the JSS Pension Scheme.


At present, we are able to offer staff free parking at our offices in Keyworth, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

Sports and social clubs

All BGS staff become members of the BGS sports and social club.

At the Keyworth site staff can use the outdoor courts for tennis and the indoor sports centre for badminton, aerobics and football. For a small additional fee staff can also join the fitness centre which is fully equipped with high quality gym equipment and air conditioning. The Keyworth social club also organises around 20 subsidised events each year including sports competitions, theatre trips, wine tastings and coach trips.

In Edinburgh, you can access the Heriot–Watt University sports facilities which as a student facility, is competitively priced. The Edinburgh social club also organises a range of subsidised events throughout the year.

Staff in Wallingford can benefit from discounted gym membership and a sports and social club with subsidised swimming, yoga/Pilates and five–a–side football activities.

All staff are also eligible to join the national CSSC Sports and Leisure one of the largest social clubs in the country with over 100,000 members. The club organises national and local sporting and social events and gives members various benefits including cut-price cinema tickets and discounts with leading leisure facilities and retailers.

Staff Restaurant

A reasonably priced staff restaurant (Keyworth and Wallingford), provides cooked meals and snacks.

More benefits

Access to the Aviva Health Cash Plan

Access to the Aviva Health Cash Plan can be arranged as a deduction from payroll.

The Charity for Civil Servants

The Charity for Civil Servants provides support, advice and direct financial assistance to civil servants when they are most in need.

Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA)

The Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) — for a small annual charge, access to a wide range of staff discounts.

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is a registered charity that is dedicated to helping former civil servants, their partners, widows, widowers and dependants. Its principal aim is to help members through friendship and support to enjoy a better and more fulfilling retirement.

Independent financial advice

Independent financial advice is available at on-site clinics in Edinburgh and Keyworth approximately twice a year.

RCUK Employee Benefits Portal

All employees have access to the RCUK benefits portal which provides access to discounts on a wide range of products and services.