Human Resources

Pay, reward and benefits

Here you can access information about pay, reward and benefits, including current salary scales, Cost of Employment (CoE) figures, employee benefits, pensions, Recognition awards and the Long Service Awards for employees who have completed 25 and 40 years continuous service.

Modernising Pay & Reward

Employee benefits

Information about the wide range of Benefits available to staff.

The NUS Extra card

The NUS extra card is free for staff who were employed on 1 October 2017 or who joined between 2 and 31 October 2017.  Students who are currently employed by the University of Portsmouth are not eligible for the staff voucher code. Find out more -the NUS extra card: step-by-step application guidance.

If you are not eligible for a free NUS extra card, you can still buy a card by going to the NUS website or by visiting the Students’ Union- Information for Staff section.

Staff tuition fees discounts policy

The University offers a 30% discount to self-funding, Student Loans Company funded and externally sponsored University of Portsmouth staff members undertaking part-time HE3 courses. Eligible employees should email to apply for the staff discount, no more than four weeks prior to the course start date. Application is necessary for each year of registration. The discount is only available for the duration of employment with the University.

The University also offers a 30% discount to children of University staff* members undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate taught, full-time and part-time study. The discount is available to self-funding, Student Loans Company funded and externally sponsored students who are studying programmes delivered by the University of Portsmouth. The discount is not applicable to students studying franchised or collaborative provision. Children of University staff are defined as biological, step or adopted, aged under 25 on 31 August in each academic year of registration.

Eligible employees/students should enquire by email at: Note that the discount cannot be fully confirmed until the student is registered on the course due to the criteria set for staff eligibility. This application for discount does not affect the UCAS application process. Applications for funding via Student Loans Company should be made quoting the full course fee. The University will submit a change request to reduce the liability when the discount is confirmed.

The detailed conditions and how to apply are set out in in the Tuition Fee Discounts policy and is available to read and download (pdf) at the link below. 

* A staff member needs to be on a permanent or fixed-term contract of employment (with at least a year to run) with at least one year’s continuous service with the University.

Salary Scales

The current annual salary scales can be found via the link below:

The current cost of employment (COE) figures for Academic, Support and Research staff can be found on the Finance Management Accounts intranet pages:

The current cost of employment figures for Part-time Hourly Paid staff can also be be found on the Finance Management Accounts intranet pages:

Please note that the cost of employment figures for Academic and non-Academic positions differ due to the employers' pension contribution rates.


Information and links to the three pension schemes available to University employees, the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TP) and the National Health Service Pension Scheme (NHS).

Life Insurance

The three main occupational pension schemes (TP, LGPS and NHS) provide death in service cover to members for three times their salary. In order to support staff who have decided to opt out of the occupational pension schemes, the University has put in place equivalent life insurance cover. Staff covered by this policy will be contacted in writing.

For further details about the policy cover, and terms and conditions, please refer to the Policy Schedule, Policy Wording and Policy Technical Guide.

If you have opted out of one of the occupational pension schemes because you have reached the Lifetime Allowance, please refer to the Excepted Scheme Policy Schedule, Policy Wording and Policy Technical Guide. Please note, you will need to contact the HR department by emailing with a copy of the HMRC certificate to confirm Lifetime Allowance protection, before this cover can be provided.

Group Life cover is provided by the University on a discretionary basis. The provision of the cover will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Recognition Awards

The purpose of Recognition Awards is to recognise and award individuals and teams who have excelled in their performance by provision of a one-off cash sum which is paid within the employee’s salary payment- information, guidance and form for completion.

Long Service Awards

The University recognises and rewards staff who have completed 25 and 40 years continuous service with the University. The award consists of three parts:

  • A contribution by the University towards a gift of the individual’s choosing;
  • An invitation for the individual and a guest to attend a reception and buffet lunch;
  • A certificate recognising the long service presented by the Vice-Chancellor at the reception.

Shortly before the date on which 25 or 40 years service is completed, a letter is sent from Human Resources notifying the individual of the details of the award.

Continuous service includes service with Portsmouth Polytechnic and members of staff who transferred from Portsmouth College of Art, Design and Media and The Solent School of Nursing with no break in service.


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