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Our benefits

Southeastern is one of the busiest commuter rail companies in the UK, running more than 2,000 trains, and carrying nearly 600,000 passengers every day between London, Kent and East Sussex. We employ over 4,000 people – mostly from the communities that we serve.


Current vacancies

Take a look at our careers portal for our current job vacancies, or register your details for future opportunities. If you're passionate about working for us we'd love to hear from you.


Our values

  • We care passionately about our people and our passengers
  • We make the difference together
  • We aim to be the best

We’re looking to expand our successful team with people who can apply these values every day, in every interaction with colleagues, passengers, teams and communities. Can you help provide a safe, reliable, and welcoming service for every passenger? We want to hear from you.


What we offer you

At Southeastern, we recognise the value of every individual employee. Our benefits reflect this:

  • A generous salary
  • A Contributory Final Salary Pension Scheme
  • A generous annual holiday entitlement
  • Full training 
  • Genuine career development opportunities 
  • The chance to gain recognised qualifications

Parental leave

Paternity

Paternity leave is available to both natural and adoptive parents. To be eligible for paternity leave, the employee must have, or expect to have, responsibility for the child’s upbringing.

In the case of a birth, paternity leave is available to:
  • The biological father of the child; or
  • An employee who, although not the biological father of the child, is married to the child’s mother, or is her unmarried, cohabitating partner; or 
  • The cohabitating same-sex partner of the child’s mother, whether or not they have registered a civil partnership.

In the case of an adopted child, paternity leave is available to:

  • An employee who is married to, or the civil partner of the child’s adopter; or
  • The cohabitating partner of the child’s adopter (including same-sex partners).

Where a couple adopt a child jointly, assuming they are eligible, one may take adoption leave and the other paternity leave.  They are entitled to choose for themselves which parent takes which type of leave.

Eligible employees may request either one, two or three weeks’ time off, with pay within the period of 56 days beginning with either the date on which the child is born, or the first day of the expected week of the child’s birth, whichever is later. 

The first two weeks of paternity leave will be paid at the employee’s basic rate of pay depending if SPP criteria is met.  Payment during the third week’s paid Paternity Leave period (if taken) will be at the lower rate of either:

  • the Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) rate of £ £151.20 as determined by legislation; or
  • 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings.

Maternity

All women have a statutory right to time off with pay to attend antenatal appointments, which may include relaxation and parent craft classes, regardless of length of service

All pregnant employees are entitled to a period of 52 weeks maternity leave regardless of the employee’s length of service. This will comprise of 26 weeks Ordinary Maternity Leave followed by 26 weeks Additional Maternity Leave.

Employees with MORE than 6 months continuous service with the company, by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth:
  • 26 weeks’ ordinary maternity leave
  • 26 weeks’ additional maternity leave
  • Up to 39 weeks’ maternity pay as follows: 
Length of service Higher Rate CMP (weeks at full basic pay) 

Lower Rate CMP (rates at lower *SMP rate) 

Employees with LESS than 1 years service but more than 6 months continuous service with the company, by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth:            12 weeks
27 weeks
Employees with MORE than 1 years service but more than 6 months continuous service with the company, by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth:
22 weeks 17 weeks

Adoption

In order to qualify for adoption leave and pay, a colleague must:

  • Be ‘newly matched’ with a child for adoption by an adoption agency 
  • Have more than six months continuous service with the company by the end of the week in which they are notified of being matched with a child 

Eligible colleagues will be entitled to take up to 26 weeks’ ordinary adoption leave followed immediately by up to 26 weeks’ additional adoption leave.
 
Adoption Pay is payable for 39 weeks.  
 
Depending on the length of service (Providing their average earnings* are greater than the Lower Earnings Limit) one of the following three options are likely to apply;
 
Employees with MORE than 6 months continuous service with the company, by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth:

  • 26 weeks’ ordinary adoption leave
  • 26 weeks’ additional adoption leave
  • Up to 39 weeks’ adoption pay as follows:
Length of service Higher Rate CAP (weeks at full basic pay) 

Lower Rate CAP (rates at lower *SAP rate) 

Employees with six months continuous service with the company by the end of the week in which they are notified of being matched with a child:            12 weeks
27 weeks
Employees with MORE than 1 years' continuous service with the company by the end of the week in which they are notified of being matched with a child:
22 weeks 17 weeks

Special benefits

  • Free travel on Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, Greater Northern and Gatwick Express rail services
  • After a qualifying period, reduced rate travel on other train operators, including European services – benefits which extend to family members
  • Access to an array of discounts for retail and leisure products through our "Benefits for You" scheme

  • investors in people gold

    Investors in People

    Investors in People (IiP) is a nationally recognised framework for people management, covering Leading, Supporting and Improving. Southeastern began its IiP journey in 2009 and is assessed against the IiP framework every three years. We were proud to achieve Gold accreditation in 2012 and we currently have that until 2021.

    The more we strive to make work better for everyone, the better the service you can give to our passengers. We’re investing more money than ever before in training and development programmes for our people, and we’re committed to sharing and promoting best practice in people management.

    For more information, contact us, or visit the Investors in People website.


    Current vacancies

    Take a look at our careers portal for our current vacancies, or register your details for future opportunities.

    Current vacancies

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