Benefits

We offer flexible working, paid holiday and medical insurance, not to mention excellent staff discounts.

Working for WHSmith means opportunities, progression and more. It also means a wide range of benefits to say thank you for all your hard work. There’s everything you’d expect, including a pension and an excellent staff discount. But there are also a few perks that might surprise you, to find out more read on!

  • Benefits and Discounts
  • Family Friendly
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Pay and Reward
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Benefits and Discounts

Staff Discount

You can benefit from up to a massive 50% off in our High Street stores.

Funky Pigeon and Funky Party Discounts

We also offer our employees up to 50% discount at funkypigeon.com and up to 30% discount at funkyparty.com

Third party retail, leisure and motoring discounts

WHSmith Benefits in association with Salary Extras, offers WHSmith employees a range of retail, leisure and motoring discounts via a dedicated website.

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Family Friendly

Flexible Working policies

Wherever possible, bearing in mind the needs of the business, we offer a wide range of family-friendly flexible working arrangements including: part-time working; compressed working hours; career breaks and job share arrangements.

Childcare Vouchers

This salary sacrifice scheme enables you to exchange part of your salary (up to a maximum of £243 per month) in return for childcare vouchers.

Family-friendly Policies

We have a wide range of family-friendly policies. As well as maternity, paternity and parental leave, we also offer school starter and grandparent leave.

On-site Nursery, Swindon Head Office

The Bright Horizons Day Nursery and Preschool is located on the grounds of the WHSmith Head Office in Swindon. It looks after children between the ages of three months and five years from 7:30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and offers discounted rates to WHSmith employees.

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Health & Wellbeing

   
Private Medical Insurance

If you’re eligible, private medical insurance is offered through Cigna International at no direct cost to you, but is treated as a taxable benefit.

Dental Scheme

If you’re eligible, we offer an optional dental plan to cover the costs of most of your dental needs. The scheme is run through Cigna Healthcare Benefits and works through salary sacrifice.

Bike Scheme

Our ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme gives you the opportunity to purchase a bike for commuting to work through salary sacrifice, and you can use the bike outside work too!

Eye Tests

If you regularly work with a computer screen, we will contribute towards the costs of eye tests.

Employee Assistance Programme

The EAP service provided by Legal & General offers confidential independent information and guidance on medical, financial, legal and general issues. You can access it by telephone and it is totally confidential. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund is a WHSmith charity, designed to give one-off grants to any WHSmith employee experiencing significant and financial hardship, and to provide recuperative holidays and care breaks.

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Pay and Reward

Pay

We make sure our pay rates are competitive and compliant with country legislation. One of the ways we do this is by reviewing them annually on the 1st April.

Pension

We automatically enrol all eligible job holders into our pension scheme (unless you are already an active member of such a scheme). You are eligible if you are working, or ordinarily work in the UK, are at least 22 years of age, and below state pension age, and earning more than the stipulated minimum criteria.


If you’re a non-eligible job holder, you won’t be enrolled in the scheme automatically – but you’ll have the chance to join if you want to.

Long Service Awards

We say thank you to our longest-serving employees with a gift of their choice (up to a set value).

Bonus

Based on the contribution made by individuals and our wider financial performance, we pay bonuses annually to our Head Office and Store management teams.

WHSmith Sharesave Scheme

This scheme gives you the opportunity to acquire WHSmith shares at a fixed discounted price and a means of saving with a major financial institution (subject to scheme rules and eligibility criteria).

Season Ticket Loans

If you live in central London or one of the London boroughs, we’ll give you an interest-free loan to purchase a season ticket for rail travel.

Company Car/Car Allowance

Car allowances are allocated by grade, but if your job requires you to travel more than 10,000 miles per year for business, we will provide you with a company car.

Payroll Giving

WHSmith are very charity focused. If you are too, you can make regular donations, on a tax free basis, to charities of your choice through our Payroll Giving Scheme.

Paid Holiday

All employees are entitled to annual holiday pay.

Holiday Trading Scheme

If you’re eligible, this scheme will let you purchase up to 26 extra days’ holiday per annum (pro-rated for part-time employees) through salary sacrifice.