Sign up for NPL updates
Sign up for NPL updates

NPL at the Royal Institution of Great Britain


Our benefits

Learn, grow and be happy

Developing your skills

We seek to stretch and grow the talents of our diverse workforce, tailoring development to the needs of each individual. We offer a wide range of learning and career development so everyone reaches their potential.

We are committed to supporting you to achieve chartered status with institutions, such as the Institute of Physics (IOP), IET and IMechE.

Development support for you may include mentoring or coaching, attending technical or leadership skills development courses and participating in a wealth of internal knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Diverse perspectives make us better

At NPL, we believe that diversity and inclusion is critical to our vision to deliver extraordinary impact, from our excellent science and engineering as an exemplary National Laboratory. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to adjust at any stage of our recruitment processes. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us.  


A place to thrive

At NPL, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of our employees and recognise the importance of having fun. There is a Sports and Social Club on site at the edge of Bushy Park, where you can take advantage of the natural beauty, cafes and events.

We also offer varied social experiences on and off site where there really is something for everyone. From mindfulness and yoga workshops to choirs, various diversity and inclusion special interest groups, running clubs and a vibrant wine society, the range of activities to immerse yourself in is diverse.

Benefits beyond everyday work

  • Annual leave Your annual leave entitlement will be 27 days per annum.
  • Flexible working Work-life balance is important to NPL, so an opportunity to explore flexible working options is open to you (subject to business requirements).
  • Disability leave We offer paid disability leave for staff with disabilities and long-term conditions to attend planned appointments related to their disability and/or condition.     
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption pay We offer enhanced maternity and adoption pay for our employees dependent on your length of service.
  • Workplace nursery* On-site childcare in the form of a subsidised workplace nursery 
  • Employee assistance programme A free and confidential service which provides practical and impartial advice by phone or an online wellbeing hub available 24/7.  
  • Recognition awards We recognise outstanding behaviours and achievements in line with our organisational values.
  • Pension scheme NPL will match your contribution up to and including 5%, if your contribution reaches 6% we will contribute 9%.
  • Interest free loans Up to £5k repaid over an agreed period for all permanent and fixed term employees to support with season ticket purchase, house purchase deposit, rental deposit and provide financial support with hardship loans.
  • Life assurance Life cover equal to three times your annual basic salary at the time of death, subject to the rules of the scheme (amended from time to time).
  • Bike4Work scheme The opportunity to exchange part of your salary in return for the lease of a bicycle.
  • A host of clubs and activities* We have a thriving sports and social club. Activities include: yoga, cricket, football, tennis and mindfulness. NPL even has its own wine society and a choir.
  • Civil Service Sports and Leisure NPL staff are eligible to join this scheme for a monthly charge, and get access to discounts for cinema tickets, gym membership and entrance fees to attractions.  

*These benefits are currently only available for staff working in Teddington.

Are you ready to make an impact?

Push the boundaries of your education and skills, and make a difference to the biggest challenges facing the UK and beyond.