Why work at Sense?

Why work at Sense?

Why work at Sense?

“Sense doesn’t dictate to you, they listen to you. So, you can put in really positive changes and that’s really, really important to me.”

Jasen - Day service manager

Be part of our ambitious plan

Imagine a world where everyone can take part in life. We can. Everyone that works at Sense is part of an ambitious strategy to support ten times more people with complex disabilities by 2026. Join us and, together, we can ensure that 50,000 more people will have opportunities to take part in life.

We may be growing to help change more people’s lives, but there’s one thing we hope never to change: the way our people continually help build a unique place to work. Joining Sense means you’ll be part of something special, where you feel included and valued, challenged and supported.

About us

Our culture and values

Our values are embedded in our culture and everything we do at Sense. No matter what, we listen to people and we work together to find solutions.

Development and training

Our commitment to make sure everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential doesn’t just apply to the people we support. It applies to everyone working at Sense.

Our commitment to sustainability

Our vision is to be carbon neutral by 2040. We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment, and doing our bit to combat climate change. To do this we are cutting our carbon output to a minimum by looking for alternative, greener ways of powering our properties and our fleet.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We’re proud of our diverse workforce. Each and every one of us brings something different to Sense. We have a strong commitment to make sure everyone feels they belong and are valued.

Our employee networks

Our employee networks ensure everyone at Sense has a voice. They are led by our people and help nurture supportive and inclusive communities that champion and celebrate our diversity.

Our benefits

When it comes to pay, we believe in transparency and fairness. We have clear pay bands at each level of role, and every job at Sense has a single salary rate assigned to it. So, when you’re applying for a job, you know exactly what to expect.

As well as this, we offer:

  • 24-28 days paid leave plus bank holidays - depending on your role and length of service.
  • Headspace app - free access for all employees to mindfulness application
  • Enhanced sick pay and family leave benefits.
  • Matched pension contributions - we’ll match your contributions to your pension, up to 5%.
  • Life assurance cover - free cover that would pay two times your salary to a nominated person.
  • Employee discounts - on popular high street brands and at Sense shops.
  • Cycle to work scheme - to buy a bike tax-free, reducing your costs.
  • Travel season ticket loans - to spread the cost of your travel to work, interest-free.
  • Buying and selling holiday scheme - permanent employees can buy or sell up to a week’s worth of annual leave.
  • Refer-a-friend scheme - £350 when someone you recommend is successful in getting a job at Sense.
  • Employee assistance programme - offering free, confidential advice 24/7, including on relationship breakdown, bereavement or legal problems.
  • Wellbeing hub - a growing portal for employees to access everything from exercise videos, to financial tips and guidance.
  • Health cash plan - you’ll have the option to join our employee health insurance plan, covering costs of healthcare, eye tests, dental treatment and more.
  • Free DBS check - if your role needs one, we’ll cover the cost.

Our commitment as an employer

We’re part of a number of schemes that help us make sure everyone has an opportunity to achieve their potential at Sense.

A Disability Confident employer

We aim to recruit the best people, with a proactive approach to employing disabled people.

This includes guaranteeing an interview to disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our jobs, and providing an inclusive, accessible interview process.

We’re dedicated to keeping and developing our people and are creating an inclusive workplace where we can all, regardless of disability, bring our talent, express our views and be ourselves in our workplace.

Supporting Moving Up

The Moving Up programme by Skills for Care trains future leaders from Black, Asian or minority ethnic communities.

The programme is a combination of learning networks, mentoring and one-to-one coaching, and has had a significant impact on the participants who’ve taken part over the last 11 years.

We’re pleased to support and fund eligible employees to apply and take part in the programme.

Members of the Business Disability Forum

We’re members of the Business Disability Forum which exists to transform the life chances of disabled people, working through and with business to create a disability-smart world.

They provide evidence-based advice and support to businesses and connect us to a network of businesses, thought-leaders and disabled people that want to remove barriers and improve the life experiences of disabled people.