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22 Victoria Road
Derry~Londonderry
Northern Ireland
BT47 2AB

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7134 2100
Email: general@loughs-agency.org

Dundalk Street,
Carlingford,
Co Louth,
Rep. of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 42 938 3888
Email: carlingford@loughs-agency.org

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Employee Benefits

Flexible Hours / TOIL

The Loughs Agency operates a flexible working scheme.

Annual Leave

The holiday year runs from April to March.  Full time staff are entitled to 25 days paid holiday in the first year of service.  This entitlement increases to 30 days on reaching 5 years service.

Statutory / Bank Holidays

You are entitled to 12 public/bank holidays as they apply in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Support

Employees experiencing any difficulties either of a personal or work related nature can avail of a free, confidential support service.  Carecall is the name of the organisation that has been selected to offer this support and guidance and they are available 24/7 365 days a year.

Pension

Northern Members of the Scheme:

“The UK government requires all employers in the public and private sector to enrol eligible workers into a qualifying pension scheme. Upon joining the Agency, you are automatically enrolled in the organisation’s pension scheme, which is referred to as the North South Pension Scheme, with the option to opt-out of the scheme if you wish. It is a contributory scheme to which you will pay a percentage (based on your salary) if you decide to remain in the scheme during your employment with the Agency. The scheme is contracted out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme. Full details of the North South Pension Scheme are given in the scheme guide which is issued to all new entrants to the Agency”.

Southern Members of the Scheme:

“The Agency has an Occupational Pension Scheme.  This is referred to as the North South Pension Scheme. It is a contributory scheme to which you will pay a percentage (based on your salary). Full details of the North South Pension Scheme are given in the scheme guide which is issued to all new entrants to the Agency”.

Trade Unions

Loughs Agency has a recognition agreement with NIPSA (Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance) or ATGWU trade union.  Staff wishing to join either union should contact the local trade union representatives.

Childcare Voucher Scheme

Loughs Agency operates a Childcare Voucher Scheme to help with the ever increasing costs of childcare.  Further information can be sought at www.childcarevouchers.co.uk

Expenses

The Loughs Agency will reimburse you for all travelling and other expenses reasonably incurred in the course of your duties.

Eye Tests

All employees are entitled to a free eye test on an annual basis.  If you wish to avail of this service, Loughs Agency has partnered with a local optician to conduct a full eye examination.

Health and Safety

It is the policy of Loughs Agency to maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all its employees, and to provide such information, training, and supervision as they need for this purpose.

The primary responsibility for safety rests with line management. We all, however, have an individual responsibility for our own health and safety, for that of our colleagues, and for anyone else who may be affected by our acts or omissions. We must all work together to maintain and improve health and safety standards.

Loughs Agency has a legal obligation to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare of all employees at work.

Each manager has a duty to take care of the health, safety, and welfare of their staff and to report and investigate any accident or incident to help prevent a recurrence.

Loughs Agency requires all its staff to cooperate in establishing and maintaining safe and healthy working conditions and to avoid any action that may adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of themselves or others.