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Pay and Reward Advisor

Job Description

UKAEA is leading the drive to put fusion energy on the grid, to give the world a new form of long-term, sustainable low-carbon electricity. At their sites at Culham, Oxfordshire and Rotherham, South Yorkshire, they have a rapidly growing workforce to fulfil their expanding programme of research, focused on delivering the UK's first fusion prototype power plant by 2040.

Pay and Reward Advisor

Overall Purpose:

To support the Pay and Reward Specialist in providing a proactive Pay and Reward service to UKAEA including advising on pay policy and its application and ad hoc pay cases and supporting future changes to the pay and reward framework. The UKAEA is subject to public sector pay policy and has a recognised Trade Union for negotiation of pay and conditions.

The post holder will provide first level advice and guidance to People Business Partners, Advisors and line managers on the application of UKAEA's pay policies. They will be expected to understand and contribute to development and discussions about future overall pay policy and be expected to provide policy drafts.

UKAEA is growing at a fast pace, and it is important that UKAEA remains competitive and able to retain and recruit talent to a wide range of posts within public sector pay policy.


  • Prepare people and financial reports to guide managers on the development of pay policies and practices.
  • Develop and review pay policies and processes to inform engagement with senior management and the recognised trade union.
  • Understand pay policies including shift pay, allowances, overtime arrangements, allowances etc. and interpret these to advise on pay and reward queries, referring to the Pay and Reward Specialist(s) for support on complex cases.
  • Work with colleagues in the People Department to ensure accuracy of pay calculations/letters before processing.
  • Prepare reports, briefings etc. for various pay and reward projects e.g. allowances reviews, gender pay gap reporting, equal pay audits.
  • Provide recommendations on changes to pay policies, processes and practices.
  • In all aspects of the job, have an awareness of equal pay issues, legislative and public sector pay changes and promote fair application of our policies.
  • Promote awareness of UKAEA's benefits and total reward package including pensions, holidays, sick pay etc.

Specific Qualifications/Experience:

  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Ability to understand and interpret policies.
  • Ability to understand and interpret numerical data and explain it to others verbally and in writing.
  • Previous experience working within a Pay and Reward and/or Operational People/HR Operational function.
  • CIPD Level 3/5 desirable but not essential.
  • Very good attention to detail and ability to anticipate/ spot where data could be inaccurate.
  • Ability to understand and interpret policies.
  • Interest in the 'human' aspect of pay and reward and what motivates people at work.
  • Able to balance the individual's needs on pay and reward and the organisation's needs to ensure fairness and apply consistent policies.
  • Recognises the importance of promoting pay equality at work (gender, race etc).
  • Interest in pay and reward policies are desirable.

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