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Cats Protection

At Cats Protection we’re working hard to improve the lives of cats.

Since 1927, we have helped cats across the UK and helped people to better understand their needs. As a community of volunteers, employees, supporters and partners, we’ve improved the lives of millions of cats and transformed the way people see and care for cats. As the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, we offer cat adoption, rehoming, and neutering assistance as well as giving help and advice to cat owners and cat lovers. We have a range of centres, volunteer-run branches, and charity shops all over the UK.

Our Vision & Values

Our vision is a society where every cat has their best possible life because they are protected, cared for and understood by everyone.

We have a clear definition of what we all do in Cats Protection: We are a movement of people championing the welfare of cats. We lead society in a richer understanding of all cats and care for those that need our help. This can be summed up by our purpose. If we can help everyone to better understand cats and their needs, we can help them to behave differently towards them, to care for them in the best way and to ensure the world appreciates and protects cats.

That is why our purpose is:

To help people see the world through cats’ eyes

Working for Cats Protection

There are many reasons why Cats Protection is a great place to work, and we recognise those reasons are important to you too.

Working for us is challenging, rewarding and fun. More importantly, you’ll be helping to make a real difference to cats across the UK.

Working for Cats Protection is not only about looking after the cats in our care. We have a diverse range of roles providing exciting careers in areas such as retail, fundraising, advocacy, veterinary, digital and IT as well as other specialist support functions.

Many of our roles offer the opportunity to work remotely and flexibly from home.

Cats Protection is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk and protecting anyone that comes into contact with us from harm. As a socially responsible organisation, we will not tolerate abuse, neglect and/or exploitation wherever it occurs or whoever is responsible. We recognise that safeguarding is a priority and we’ll adopt the highest standards of safeguarding practice across all areas of our work.

Our directorates, teams and jobs

Rewards and benefits

We know our success can’t happen without the collective effort of our people. That’s why we’ll make sure you are fairly rewarded for your hard work, both financially and through our range of benefits

At Cats Protection, your wellbeing is as important to us as it is to you. As a movement of people championing the welfare of cats, making sure we look after the welfare of our people, and ensuring they are protected and cared for, is equally important.

Our benefits are here to support you and your family and to show our appreciation for the work you do. They enable you to lead the life you want and protect what’s important to you

Holiday​
Taking time away from work is important for our good mental health and wellbeing. Holiday entitlement starts at 25 days (plus bank holidays) increasing to 30 days maximum with length of service (pro-rated based on hours of work).
Private healthcare
Our private healthcare scheme is with our chosen partner, Bupa. We provide private healthcare to give peace of mind that most healthcare needs will be met at a time when they are needed.
Bupa Everyday rewards
Featuring discounts from some of the UK’s biggest names, this offers benefits from big brand savings all year long. And it’s completely free to join – whether a member of Bupa or not.
Occupational sick pay
We know there’ll be times when you can’t come to work because you’re ill. We want to support and help you come back to work as soon as you can. We’ll pay up to eight weeks sick pay in any year if you qualify.
Health cash plans
We offer a choice of cash plans through two providers: Medicash and Health Shield. You have the option to join either or both.
Employee Assistance Programme
Our Employee Assistance Programme is provided through our chosen partner Health Assured and provides a source of confidential and independent advice to help you deal with life’s ups and downs. A free 24-hour helpline is available to everyone to help deal with both personal and professional problems
Free eye tests
We’re registered with Specsavers Corporate Eye Care Scheme. If you work in front of a screen for more than three hours a day each week, you are eligible for a free display screen equipment (DSE) eye care voucher. The eye voucher entitles you to a free eye examination and if needed, a free pair of single vision prescription lens glasses.
Pension
We want to help you make plans and feel secure about the future. You’ll join our defined contribution pension scheme, and we’ll pay contributions into your fund depending on the amount you choose to pay in.
Pension salary exchange
Pension salary exchange (PSE) is a way of making pension contributions which, for most employees, saves you money compared to standard pension contributions arrangements. This is because you could pay fewer National Insurance contributions through PSE.
Life assurance
Life can be unpredictable. Cats Protection offers all employees death-in-service life assurance giving you and your loved ones peace of mind. In the event of your death, a lump sum will be paid to your chosen dependents so that financial commitments you might have can be taken care of when you’re not around.
And we haven’t forgotten your pets’ health!
You can get 20% off your Petplan pet insurance as a Cats Protection employee.
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Equity, diversity and inclusion

We passionately believe inclusion, diversity, and equity will help Cats Protection improve the lives of all cats. We actively encourage and welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates who reflect the communities we are part of and those who bring a diversity of inputs and perspectives. We’re on a journey to make sure our workforce is diverse and inclusive to help us to reach our full potential as an organisation and by supporting our people to reach theirs.

Our Pride Network, Cats Protection’s LGBT+ and allies network for employees, was established in September 2020 and is a place where anyone can play a part in making a positive difference to our workplace and the communities we’re part of. The principles of the network are to support Cats Protection in becoming a truly LGBT+ inclusive workplace; to enhance the performance of LGBT+ employees; to develop a diverse culture we are proud of; and to engage our supporters and partners on our journey. The network is open to all employees, whether they identify as LGBT+ themselves or not. 

We are a disability-confident employer and an inclusive partner of JobOppO.co.uk Evenbreak.co.uk BMEjobs.co.uk LGBTjobs.co.uk and DisabilityJob.co.uk

Starting your career at Cats Protection...

Work experience

If you’d like to enquire about work experience placements, please contact your local centre

Volunteering

You may decide to start your working relationship with Cats Protection by volunteering.

We welcome volunteers with open arms, no matter how much time you can give, there’s a place for you with us!

We help thousands of cats and kittens each year and many of our success stories are thanks to the dedication of our 10,000 volunteers across the UK.

Application process

It is quick and easy to submit your application for a role with Cats Protection.

We use an applicant tracking system called Talos to manage our vacancies. Depending on the role you’re interested in, our application process may require you to submit a CV and/or answer screening questions – including explaining your interest and suitability for the role.

Our interview process is completed virtually, using Microsoft Teams although some customer-facing roles, like those based in our centres, may involve a face-to-face interview.

Our Talent Acquisition team will support both candidates and our hiring managers through both face-to-face and online processes and will provide tips and advice on preparing for all types of interviews and/or assessments.

Growing your career at Cats Protection

When you join Cats Protection, we want to ensure you have room to grow and feel inspired to develop.

We’ll support you and give you all the tools you need to continually challenge yourself, take pride in what you do and enjoy your career with us. Whatever your career plans, we want to make sure your time with us is successful and that you’re able to play a proactive role in your own development.

You’ll have access to a wide variety of learning and development tools and resources to support you in your role. We recognise learning happens every day, much of it from each other, and in many ways.

We offer a range of opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, including our comprehensive cat welfare learning programme.

We have a management and people skills programme, our award-winning Volunteer Champions Programme, and we are always developing new and innovative ways to learn and develop.

Learning is part of our culture and we’re proud of the place it has in everything we do.