Benefits of Working at NFER

Here at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), we are passionate about education.  Our mission is to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere and to support positive change across education systems.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Around 210 people work at NFER, engaged in a variety of disciplines. Many of us are researchers, policy analysts, statisticians, psychometricians and economists, but we also have staff specialising in areas as diverse as marketing and communications, ICT, finance, HR and facilities management.

All are essential to the effective running of an influential and leading charitable Foundation like ours.

Joining us at NFER enables you to enjoy the benefits of a modern head office environment set in its own extensive, picturesque grounds with a rich local history. Located on the outskirts of Slough and close to Eton and Windsor, we are less than half an hour from London Paddington and Heathrow and close to the M40, M4 and M25 transport hubs. NFER also has offices in York and Llanelli where small groups of our research staff are located.

Benefits of working at the Foundation include 30 days paid leave per year over and above Bank Holidays and discretionary days, generous pension arrangements and good support for staff development.

Annual leave

NFER offers its employees a generous holiday allowance, comprising:

  • 30 days annual leave
  • 8 bank / public holidays
  • Up to 4 additional discretionary days offered at the CEO's discretion

Hours of work

Full-time staff work 35 hours per week which are normally 9.15 - 17.15hrs with one hour for lunch; working patterns may vary according to business needs.

Personal development

We are proud to be a learning organisation, focused on improving performance and helping our staff be the best that they can be. We support ongoing learning and development, offering a range of opportunities to help you grow in your current role and beyond.

When you join us you will receive a tailored induction programme, adapted for your specific role. We will continue to support your career and development using a blending learning approach that may include workshops, coaching, seminars and eLearning.

We also offer opportunities for secondments, support for professional qualifications and access to an internal coach.


All new permanent members of staff and those on long-term, fixed term contracts will automatically become members of the NFER Section of the Federated Retirement Savings Plan (the NFER Pension Scheme) with effect from their first day of employment.

This is a defined contribution, occupational pension scheme with a salary exchange arrangement as the mechanism for paying pension contributions.

Occupational health

Members of staff are entitled to support for the cost of eye examinations and for the cost of spectacles where these are required specifically for work with display screen equipment.

NFER staff are also eligible for consideration for a series of free physiotherapy treatments with a local provider where their injury/ complaint is directly affecting their ability to carry out their everyday work.

Safety, Health and Environment policy

NFER recognises and accepts its responsibilities as an employer to provide a safe working environment for all its employees, visitors and contractors, and to minimise the environmental impact of our activities.

Staff are encouraged to become involved and supported to actively participate in developing excellent safety, health and environmental systems.

Staff Council

The NFER Staff Council meets regularly and provides a forum for staff representative participation in the Foundation’s decision making processes.

Refreshment facilities

These are located in ‘The Zone’, a comfortable area where staff can meet and relax; vending machines selling a variety of snacks, sandwiches and drinks are available as well as a microwave and toaster facility for staff.


There is plenty of free parking available in our spacious leafy grounds and bike shelters are available for those who are able and prefer to cycle to work.

Season ticket loans

Season ticket loans are available to staff in accordance with the following conditions:

  • normally for an annual ticket, although a shorter period will be considered
  • the payment will be made by cheque direct to the provider
  • loans will be deducted monthly from salary
  • should a member of staff leave the Foundation, any outstanding balance will be deducted from their final salary
  • request for a season ticket loan must be made on the appropriate application form to Finance.