BBC Employee Benefits

Every company will offer different benefits to their employees and the BBC is best-known for offering employees a generous pension scheme. However, what other benefits do employees get working for the BBC?


The BBC was known for offering generous final salary pension schemes for employees and many of them remain in the scheme. However, since 2010, new BBC employees are signed up to the BBC’s LifePlan pension scheme. So long as the employee pays the minimum pension contribution required each year (5%), then the BBC will match it. If an employee increases their contributions, the BBC contributes more on a sliding scale.

Employee ContributionBBC ContributionTotal Contribution
8% or more10% maximum10% BBC + employee contribution

Annual Leave

The BBC offers 25 days of annual leave, plus UK bank holidays and an additional day between Christmas and the New Year – known as BBC Corporation Day. Anyone who remains with the BBC for over 10 years will receive an additional 2.5 days of annual leave on top of the standard allowance.

In the past few years, the BBC has begun to offer employees the option to buy or sell up to 5 days of annual leave each year.

Season Ticket Loan

The BBC offers interest-free season ticket loans, allowing you to purchase an annual season ticket with the loan repaid across the following 12 months.

BBC myChoices

All BBC employees get access to exclusive deals with leading brands including Apple, BUPA and O2.

The highlights include strong savings on private medical (BUPA) and travel, personal accident and critical illness insurance. Employees can also get a discounted rate for gyms, including Virgin Active, Nuffield Health and PureGym.

Staff also get access to BBC Club – a non-for-profit organisation for BBC staff. Members can access bar, restaurant and gym facilities across a range of UK locations, participate in events and connect with like-minded members.

Parental Leave

BBC and its commercial arm, BBC Studios, both offer up to a year of parental leave, regardless of gender or primary caregiver. Furthermore, 18 weeks of fully-paid parental leave is offered to both new mothers and fathers, in contrary to the latter typically receiving just 2 weeks.

Other Broadcasters

Interested to find out the benefits offered by the BBC’s fellow broadcasters? We’ve compiled benefit packages for both ITV and Channel 4: