Sir Duncan Rice library atriumWe offer a package of attractive terms and conditions to all University staff, such as incremental pay increase, generous annual leave entitlement, considerable employer contributions to pensions, free health and fitness membership, and much more. Check all the exclusive University of Aberdeen staff benefits below.



An incremental salary scale

The University offers an annual incremental pay increase, as detailed in our latest salary scales, valid as of August 2015.

Enhanced family leave and pay entitlements
Enhanced family leave and pay entitlements, including Maternity, Adoption, Paternity/Co-Maternity and Shared Parental leave
Flexible working hours

The flexible working arrangements currently supported by the University are detailed below:

  • Part-time working: Where you work less than the normal full time number of hours per week;
  • Part-year working: Where you work only for part of the year, but your salary is calculated on a pro-rata basis and paid for the whole year;
  • Job sharing: Where two or more people share the same responsibilities of a full time post;
  • Flexible working hours: Where you choose, within limits, the times you start and finish work;
  • Career breaks: Where you undertake an extended period of unpaid leave from work.
Annual promotion opportunities

The opportunity to progress your career through the annual promotions exercise


A pension is a tax-efficient way of saving that also receives contributions from your employer.

We have two Pensions Schemes available:

  • USS - As a member of this scheme you will pay 6.5% of your pensionable salary each year and the University will contribute 16%.
  • UASLAS - As a member of the Scheme you will pay 7.05% of your pensionable salary each year which you are not taxed on and the University will also contribute to your pension.

The Pensions Office is responsible for administering and providing information on the pension schemes that are operating at the University.


The University offers a minimum of 34 days (for support staff) up to 41 days (for Academic and Academic related staff). The University is normally open throughout the year from Monday to Friday, except for the period between Christmas Eve and the first working day following January 1st. The University’s leave year runs from 1 October to the following 30 September. If you have any questions about your holiday entitlement, please contact HR.


Childcare Vouchers

The University has a Childcare Voucher scheme, which is a tax-saving initiative for staff. The Childcare Voucher scheme can save you money on any kind of registered childcare including childminders, nannies, nurseries, breakfast and after school clubs, play schemes and summer camps, as well as the care element of boarding schools. Childcare Vouchers are offered through a salary sacrifice scheme. This means that it is a voluntary benefit scheme, whereby you are allowed to nominate part of your monthly salary payment, in return for Childcare Voucher Credit.

The Rocking Horse Nursery

On 31 August 2015 The Rocking Horse Nursery moved in to a new purpose energy efficient building. It is located in Aberdeen University's Old Aberdeen campus. Nursery fees for the Rocking Horse Nursery can be salary sacrificed.

Employee Advantages Scheme

Employee Advantages offers exclusive, significant discounts from the UK's most popular retailers and service providers. You can save at least £565.00 a year using Employee Advantages, without changing your normal shopping habits.

Healthy Working Lives

The Healthy Working Lives (HWL) Awards is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage employers to promote a safer and healthier workforce. The HWL Award Programme recognises that looking after the health, safety and wellbeing of employees is not only good for the individual, but also contributes to reduced sickness absence, fewer workplace accidents, greater productivity and increased efficiency.

Membership of ASV

The University provides free off-peak memberships of Aberdeen Sports Village to all its employees. Off-peak memberships allow users to access the fitness suite and classes from 06.30-16.30 Monday to Friday (last entry 16.00), and anytime at weekends. Staff can upgrade their free off-peak membership to a peak membership (fitness suite and class access during all opening hours) with a small additional monthly cost. 

Aquatics Centre

 Our world class Aquatics Centre opened in May 2014 and offers

  • 50m, 10 lane training and competition pool - a dividing boom allows the pool to be split into two distinct areas
  • 25m pool with full floating floor and full diving facilities including springboards and platforms up to 10m
  • Spectator seating for 600
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Exercise Studio
  • Cafe

While providing the opportunity for Aberdeen to host national and international aquatics competition being a base for local performance swimming, the Aquatics Centre is primarily a community facility to which everyone has access. 

Training and Professional Development

The University is dedicated to supporting personal, professional and career development of its staff and postgraduate researchers. Professional development opportunities are provided by a number of different Professional Services who provide workshops, courses, online and bespoke training for all staff (academic, technical, professional services, manual and support) and postgraduate researchers.