Pay and benefits

Interesting and challenging roles in a unique working environment

Interesting and challenging roles in a unique working environment

What we offer

We offer competitive pay to ensure we can attract and retain great people to work with us at Historic Royal Palaces. 

What's more, we have a clear and transparent pay progression policy rewarding good performance through each of our pay ranges.

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Pension scheme

We offer a Group Personal Pension Plan, where you will be required to pay a minimum of 2% of your pensionable salary and Historic Royal Palaces will contribute between 8% and 11%.

This also includes life assurance and income replacement in the unlikely event this might be necessary.

Annual leave

On joining you will receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays. This increases to 28 days after three years, and 29 days after 6 years. This is pro-rata for part time employees, and those working shift patterns.

Holiday entitlement and Public Holidays may differ slightly for Hillsborough Castle Staff.

Membership and tickets

All established staff automatically become members of Historic Royal Palaces giving you the ability to visit each of our palaces with up to four guests as many times as you would like.

You will also have the ability to request a further 10 tickets for unaccompanied family guests providing free entry to any of the palaces.


We offer generous discounts in our shops and catering outlets, as well as discount arrangements through an online scheme.

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Long service awards

We want all our staff to feel valued and rewarded so once you have reached 10 years of service you will receive a financial award and a token to celebrate your milestone. This continues every five years up to 40 years of service.

I feel privileged to be part of a prestigious organisation that has supportive colleagues and diverse roles’

Vinit Mehta, Retail Systems Manager

Health and well-being

Building a happy workforce

Historic Royal Palaces takes the health and wellbeing of all its staff seriously. 

A healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and a happy work force is a productive one which will deliver what is expected to meet the aims and goals of the organisation.

Work-life balance

We aim to develop and promote a working environment that allows our staff to achieve a healthy balance of work and home life.

The benefits and policies have been designed to support and assist staff wellbeing.

Our approach is holistic covering physical, mental, social and financial aspects of our employees' lives:

  • Health
  • Body
  • Mind
  • Money
  • Community

Our well-being schemes support staff

Policies include:

  • enhanced maternity benefits and shared parental leave
  • flexible working
  • onsite healthy numbers testing for cholesterol, glucose etc
  • onsite yoga and Pilates classes
  • mobile podiatrist
  • regular health and wellbeing events
  • Ride2Work scheme
  • Childcare Voucher scheme
Deirdre Murphy, Senior Curator, holds a shoe in the objects stores at Kensington Palace

I get to research one of the most important historic fashion collections in the world: the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes clothes worn by Charles I and Queen Victoria.

Deirdre Murphy, Senior Curator