Benefits

Since 1929 we’ve been working hard to make sure our people are happy. It’s this principle that our benefits package is based on – we believe in rewarding our Partners for their time and energy. After all, they are the people that make the John Lewis Partnership special.

View the benefits

Pay

Pension

Bonus

The rates of pay we offer are set at a competitive level to ensure we attract and retain the highest calibre people. We have a performance-based pay policy whereby every job in the Partnership has a pay range. Partners can progress their pay through their pay range based on their performance, achieving faster pay progression for higher performance. Each year every Partner completes a performance appraisal with their Line Manager and their performance is rated. We review the pay of every Partner annually and the performance rating received is used to help determine any pay adjustment in their pay range. We actively encourage Partners to discuss their pay review with their Line Manager who will be able to explain their rate of pay and also how their performance affects their rate of pay.

close

The John Lewis Partnership is one of the few companies that still offer a non-contributory, final salary pension scheme after three years’ service. Partners with less than three years’ service have the option of joining a defined contribution section of the Partnership’s pension scheme, where both you and the Partnership pay contributions into an investment fund.

This is currently under review, with any change likely to take effect at some point in 2015.

Please find below information about the changes to the pension scheme which varies depending on the date of your offer and your start date:

A. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership with a start date before 24th December 2014

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partner. No final decision has yet been made. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once you join the Partnership, you are able to give your views on the proposed changes to either the Pension Benefit Review team via e-mail or to your democratic representative. Please speak to your line manager when you join as they will have 2 information booklets for you.

B. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership with a start date of between 27th December 2014 and 28th January 2015

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partner. No final decision has yet been made. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once you join the Partnership, you will be able to give your views on the proposed changes to your democratic representative before the vote on 28 January 2015.

C. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership before 28th January 2015 with a start date of between 29th January 2015 and 31st March 2015

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partnership. No final decision has yet been made, although under the current draft proposal, the waiting period to join the non-contributory Defined Benefit scheme will remain at 3 years for new Partners joining before 1st April 2015, after which it is likely to increase to 5 years. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once the outcome of the review is confirmed, further information will be made available to you once you have joined on the Partner intranet.

D. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership before 28th January 2015 with a start date of on or after 1st April 2015

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partnership. No final decision has yet been made. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once the outcome of the review is confirmed, further information will be made available to you once you have joined on the Partner intranet.

close

The most tangible advantage of being a Partnership is the annual bonus. We distribute a proportion of profits to our Partners as a percentage of their salary. The 2013/14 bonus was 15% which equated to 8 weeks additional pay for every Partner.

We also run a BonusSave scheme. This is our Share Incentive Plan that enables Partners to save income tax and national insurance on money invested into the scheme from their Partnership Bonus.

close

Discount

Paid Holiday

Life Assurance

Once you’ve been with us for three months, you’ll be entitled to a discount on your shopping in John Lewis and Waitrose. The discount rates in John Lewis are 12% and 25% (depending on the product). In Waitrose you’ll receive a 15% discount.

close

  • Up to Section Manager: 22 days + public and bank holidays, rising to 25 days after three years’ service.
  • Department Managers and above: 25 days holiday + public and bank holidays.

After ten years’ service, all Partners receive 30 days holiday pro rata. And you can also choose to purchase up to one week’s additional holiday through our Buying Holiday scheme at any time.

close

If you die in service, our scheme will pay three times your annual salary to your beneficiary.

close

Subsidised Dining Facilities

Holiday and Leisure Facilities

Sports Clubs

Most of our sites have subsidised dining facilities that offer excellent food at very reasonable prices.

close

We have five locations around the UK that Partners with three months’ service or more can visit at a discounted rate. The holiday centres are located in some of Britain’s most beautiful areas, including the Lake District in the north and Brownsea Island in the south. Each centre offers its own individual style and facilities.

If golfing is your thing, you can enjoy the use of our facilities in Berkshire and Hampshire. While members of our sailing clubs make the most of the five yachts that we have available on The Solent in Hampshire throughout the sailing season. Our sailors frequently take part in regattas and races in the area.

close

We support a large number of subsidised sports clubs and societies at local and Partnership-wide levels. Partners are encouraged to join the clubs, choosing from everything from abseiling, climbing, football, gliding and golf, to mountain biking, netball, racquet sports, riding, skiing, sailing, surfing and swimming.

close

Social Societies

Ticket Subsidies

Education Subsidies

Our subsidised non-sport clubs and societies are also open to all Partners. Get involved in drama, photography, music or art.

close

Partners can get a 50 per cent subsidy on tickets for the theatre, opera and music performances, up to a maximum amount per year. This subsidy is also available for entry to exhibitions and museums.

close

The Partnership can give financial support to Partners who want to continue their education or learn new skills – whether these are work-related or of personal interest. Many Partners take advantage of this benefit when on extended leave, using the subsidy available to them to learn a new skill or language.

close

Extended leave

Voluntary Benefits and Discounted Deals

Corporate Memberships

Partners with more than 25 years’ service can take paid leave for six months. This is seen by many Partners as an opportunity to learn new or develop existing skills or talents in sports, the arts and languages and to travel extensively.

close

We have negotiated over 500 local and national benefits for Partners including discounted holidays, hotels, amusement parks, restaurants and much more.

close

Partners can obtain free entry to visitor attractions such as National Trust, English Heritage & Tate through our Corporate Memberships.

close

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

Give as you Earn

Special Events

The Partnership offers two HMRC approved salary sacrifice schemes enabling Partners to save on the cost of childcare and on buying a bike for cycling to work. Participating Partners agree monthly reductions from their gross pay – saving income tax and National Insurance contributions.

close

Through our Payroll Giving scheme, Partners can support the charities they care about the most by donating through their pay. It is a simple and tax-free way to donate to charities and is one of the most cost-effective ways for charities to raise funds.

close

We arrange large events and tournaments which bring Partners and their families together from across the business, these have included exclusive days at Alton Towers, Legoland and Thorpe Park. Partners can also enjoy concerts and performances in our VIP suite at the O2 or Hydro in Glasgow, as well as watching premier league football at Manchester United, Arsenal and Reading in the Championship.

On top of this, each branch has their own budget to spend on events and activities too.

close

Pay

The rates of pay we offer are set at a competitive level to ensure we attract and retain the highest calibre people. We have a performance-based pay policy whereby every job in the Partnership has a pay range. Partners can progress their pay through their pay range based on their performance, achieving faster pay progression for higher performance. Each year every Partner completes a performance appraisal with their Line Manager and their performance is rated. We review the pay of every Partner annually and the performance rating received is used to help determine any pay adjustment in their pay range. We actively encourage Partners to discuss their pay review with their Line Manager who will be able to explain their rate of pay and also how their performance affects their rate of pay.

Pension

The John Lewis Partnership is one of the few companies that still offer a non-contributory, final salary pension scheme after three years’ service. Partners with less than three years’ service have the option of joining a defined contribution section of the Partnership’s pension scheme, where both you and the Partnership pay contributions into an investment fund.

A. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership with a start date before 24th December 2015

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partner. No final decision has yet been made. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once you join the Partnership, you are able to give your views on the proposed changes to either the Pension Benefit Review team via e-mail or to your democratic representative. Please speak to your line manager when you join as they will have 2 information booklets for you.

B. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership with a start date of between 27th December 2014 and 28th January 2015

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partner. No final decision has yet been made. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once you join the Partnership, you will be able to give your views on the proposed changes to your democratic representative before the vote on 28 January 2014.

C. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership before 28th January 2015 with a start date of between 29th January 2015 and 31st March 2015

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partnership. No final decision has yet been made, although under the current draft proposal, the waiting period to join the non-contributory Defined Benefit scheme will remain at 3 years for new Partners joining before 1st April 2015, after which it is likely to increase to 5 years. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once the outcome of the review is confirmed, further information will be made available to you once you have joined on the Partner intranet.

D. If you have been offered a job in the Partnership before 28th January with a start date of on or after 1st April 2015

The Partnership is currently conducting a review of its pension scheme to ensure it provides a pension in retirement which is both fair to Partners and which comes at a cost and risk which is affordable to the Partnership. No final decision has yet been made. Please contact me if you require further details on our current arrangements together with the proposed arrangements and how they would apply to you.

Once the outcome of the review is confirmed, further information will be made available to you once you have joined on the Partner intranet.

This is currently under review, with any change likely to take effect at some point in 2015.

Bonus

The most tangible advantage of being a Partnership is the annual bonus. We distribute a proportion of profits to our Partners as a percentage of their salary. The 2013/14 bonus was 15% which equated to 8 weeks additional pay for every Partner.

We also run a BonusSave scheme. This is our Share Incentive Plan that enables Partners to save income tax and national insurance on money invested into the scheme from their Partnership Bonus.

Discount

Once you’ve been with us for three months, you’ll be entitled to a discount on your shopping in John Lewis and Waitrose. The discount rates in John Lewis are 12% and 25% (depending on the product). In Waitrose you’ll receive a 15% discount.

Paid Holiday
  • Up to Section Manager: 22 days + public and bank holidays, rising to 25 days after three years’ service.
  • Department Managers and above: 25 days holiday + public and bank holidays.

After ten years’ service, all Partners receive 30 days holiday pro rata. And you can also choose to purchase up to one week’s additional holiday through our Buying Holiday scheme at any time.

Life assurance

If you die in service, our scheme will pay three times your annual salary to your beneficiary.

Subsidised Dining Facilities

Most of our sites have subsidised dining facilities that offer excellent food at very reasonable prices.

Holiday and Leisure Facilities

We have five locations around the UK that Partners with three months’ service or more can visit at a discounted rate. The holiday centres are located in some of Britain’s most beautiful areas, including the Lake District in the north and Brownsea Island in the south. Each centre offers its own individual style and facilities.

If golfing is your thing, you can enjoy the use of our facilities in Berkshire and Hampshire. While members of our sailing clubs make the most of the five yachts that we have available on The Solent in Hampshire throughout the sailing season. Our sailors frequently take part in regattas and races in the area.

Sports Clubs

We support a large number of subsidised sports clubs and societies at local and Partnership-wide levels. Partners are encouraged to join the clubs, choosing from everything from abseiling, climbing, football, gliding and golf, to mountain biking, netball, racquet sports, riding, skiing, sailing, surfing and swimming.

Social Societies

Our subsidised non-sport clubs and societies are also open to all Partners. Get involved in drama, photography, music or art.

Ticket Subsidies

Partners can get a 50 per cent subsidy on tickets for the theatre, opera and music performances, up to a maximum amount per year. This subsidy is also available for entry to exhibitions and museums.

Education Subsidies

The Partnership can give financial support to Partners who want to continue their education or learn new skills – whether these are work-related or of personal interest. Many Partners take advantage of this benefit when on extended leave, using the subsidy available to them to learn a new skill or language.

Extended leave

Partners with more than 25 years’ service can take paid leave for six months. This is seen by many Partners as an opportunity to learn new or develop existing skills or talents in sports, the arts and languages and to travel extensively.

Voluntary Benefits and Discounted Deals

We have negotiated over 500 local and national benefits for Partners including discounted holidays, hotels, amusement parks, restaurants and much more.

Corporate Memberships

Partners can obtain free entry to visitor attractions such as National Trust, English Heritage & Tate through our Corporate Memberships.

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

The Partnership offers two HMRC approved salary sacrifice schemes enabling Partners to save on the cost of childcare and on buying a bike for cycling to work. Participating Partners agree monthly reductions from their gross pay – saving income tax and National Insurance contributions.

Give as you Earn

Through our Payroll Giving scheme, Partners can support the charities they care about the most by donating through their pay. It is a simple and tax-free way to donate to charities and is one of the most cost-effective ways for charities to raise funds.

Special Events

We arrange large events and tournaments which bring Partners and their families together from across the business, these have included exclusive days at Alton Towers, Legoland and Thorpe Park. Partners can also enjoy concerts and performances in our VIP suite at the O2 or Hydro in Glasgow, as well as watching premier league football at Manchester United, Arsenal and Reading in the Championship.

On top of this, each branch has their own budget to spend on events and activities too.

Behind the bonus

Our Job Levels

Job levelling enables different jobs to be measured based on their relative scale, impact and size. The Partnership hierarchy consists of 10 levels with every job in the Partnership sitting in one of these.

Find out more
Partnership Level Role Level
1 Chairman
2 and 3 Director
4 Head of Department/Branch
5 and 6 Leadership, Specialist and Senior Specialist
7, 8 & 9 Specialist Partner and Junior Management
10 Partners

This is an incredibly diverse business, and our job levelling system allows us to compare job levels in all the different industry sectors we touch. We look at every individual role (not the person in the role) to determine a Partnership Level and consider the impact it has on the organisational structure. It allows Partners to see what roles they might be qualified for in other parts of the business – offering a big benefit to career development and progression.

It also means that everyone, from Supermarket Assistants at Level 10 through to the Chairman, has a clear understanding of where their position fits – and there’s a consistent and transparent way of allocating everything from benefits and holiday to financial authority.