Staff Benefits

The RNCM is a special place, and we’re committed to delivering added value for our employees at every opportunity.

Take a look below at some of the benefits we offer.

A smiling RNCM staff member holds a glass of wine while surrounded by staff and guests at the RNCM 50th launch event.

All eligible staff are automatically entered into the appropriate pension scheme when they join the RNCM. The available schemes are the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

Family Friendly Policies
We know how important family is, which is why we work hard to provide the best support we can. Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay are paid at an enhance rate for eligible employees, above the statutory rates of pay, and we have various policies which support the working lives of staff who have caring responsibilities such as the Flexible Working Policy and the Leave of Absence Policy.

Flexible working
We believe that flexible working arrangements can boost employee morale and motivation through higher job satisfaction and an improved sense of work life balance. If your area of work can be delivered successfully through a flexible approach and you have completed a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service, you can submit a flexible working request for consideration by your Line Manager.

Annual Leave and Additional Holidays
All staff are entitled to a minimum of 20 days annual leave, alongside public bank holidays and additional time off during Christmas and New Year. If you’re a Professional Services member of staff, your annual leave allowance increases once you hit five and 20-years’ service.

Training and Development
We recognise the benefits that training can bring, not just to enhance your current role, but to support your future career aspirations too. Annual appraisals provide a great opportunity to discuss your needs and ambitions, and funding is available for employees who want to complete relevant qualifications and development activities.

Free and Discounted Concert Tickets
We present lots of lunchtime and evening concerts throughout the year, and our employees enjoy most of them for free or at a discounted rate. Visit our What’s On section for a flavour of what you could experience as a member of our team.

Three RNCM staff members sit on stage next to each other. One is speaking into a microphone.

Food and Drink Discount
We have a fantastic Café and Bar onsite, and all staff receive a 20% discount on food and drink. Through the Yoyo app, you can also collect loyalty points and vouchers to access further discounts, such as 50% off hot drinks on Fridays!

Additional Discounts
All employees can take advantage of discounted health and fitness memberships (and pay as you go swimming) at Manchester Aquatics Centre, just across the road from the RNCM. And if you enjoy cycling, our Cycle to Work Scheme provides savings on the cost of a new bike and associated safety equipment. We also offer free eye-screening for all staff who use display-screen equipment in the workplace, through Specsavers Opticians.

Your Wellbeing
The wellbeing of everyone who works at the RNCM is so important, and while we provide lots of onsite support for anyone in need, we understand that talking to someone else can be extremely beneficial.

Through our Employee Assistant Provision (EAP), Care First can assist employees with all kinds of personal issues and a helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Care First provide completely confidential advice, support and information as well as telephone counselling. We won’t receive details of any staff who contact the service.

Equity, Belonging, Diversity and Inclusion
We recognise that music is important in every culture, and we’re committed to building a diverse community of staff and students. We understand that continuing to draw on the widest and most diverse range of talent is essential to the continuing success of the College. Read more about what we’re doing to support equality and diversity at the RNCM.

We believe that every member of staff has the right to work in a supportive environment, free from harassment, bullying and victimisation. Similarly, every student has the right to study and be taught in an environment that is supportive and free from harassment, bullying and victimisation. That’s why RNCM Zero exists.

We care about our environment and have made significant steps to reducing our carbon footprint in recent years. Our Conference and Catering Department has implemented changes such as replacing plastic packaging, containers, glasses and cups with 100% recyclable material, swapping plastic cutlery for wooden options, buying produce from local suppliers, and recycling all cooking oil to make bio-fuel. Now, thanks to substantial funding from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and funded by Salix), we are in a strong position to reduce our footprint further, with some changes set to lower annual energy usage by 41%.