Our Benefits

People work for ClientEarth to take up challenging roles through which they can help others and work to secure a healthy planet. In return, we offer a range of benefits, competitive salaries, annual leave and pension provisions.

Core Benefits across all of our offices

  1. Flexible working

    We offer a flexi-time policy that allows for earlier/later start and finish times on a regular and ad-hoc basis. You can find our working hours for each office below.

  2. Remote working

    At present all staff in our European offices are working from home full time. Outside of the current situation, our work from home framework allows for flexible working (office-based or homeworking within the country where your contract was issued) 80% of the time, with the other 20% being spent in one of our offices. We provide base IT kit to enable home working and reimbursement of up to £300 (or local equivalent) to cover additional equipment needed to ensure that you have an ergonomically sound work space.

  3. Approach to pay and progression

    At ClientEarth we recognise the important contributions our staff make to achieving our strategic objectives. In order to improve transparency and consistency we have developed a global competency and banding framework with defined pay bands for each country that we operate in. We carry out benchmarking of salaries in each of the countries in which we operate to ensure that our pay bands remain competitive with the local market. We usually also have an annual cost of living increase following our performance review cycle. Where roles have changed significantly in terms of responsibilities and complexity, staff may progress within or between bands. Further details on these schemes will be available to you should you be offered a role with us. We will always advertise a salary amount and/or range in our job adverts. Should you have any questions on the advertised salary, please speak with your recruiter.

  4. Professional memberships

    ClientEarth will cover the costs of any professional memberships where these are required for the role (for example, Solicitors Regulation Authority practicing certificate).

  5. Training course fees

    We offer to pay for work-related training/courses and other incidental costs through salary sacrifice. This allows employees to continue their professional development in the most cost-effective way i.e. free of tax and National Insurance via salary deductions over a 12-month period. See our Learning and Development page for more on our training opportunities.

  6. Staff Wellbeing Programme

    During the pandemic we have been running a number of wellbeing initiatives, such as online meditation, yoga and pilates courses, as well as opportunities to attend exclusive talks with our funders, trustees and partner organisations.

  7. Patagonia PRO Programme

    Staff in our European offices are eligible to join the Patagonia PRO Programme. Joining the programme gives you access to exclusive events and discounts on Patagonia’s outdoor clothing and gear, subject to restrictions.

Additional benefits by location

Click the links below to view additional benefits and office facilities by location.

Brussels office

Located in Ixelles, our office is close to Trône Métro station. Our office facilities include:

  • Kitchen area with complementary tea, coffee and dairy & non-dairy milk
  • Sit/stand desks and screens
  • Cycle parking
  • Many green plants
Working Hours

For full time roles, our standard working hours are 37.5 hours per week to be worked in accordance with our flexible working time policy. Part-time roles are pro-rated according to the number of hours you work in a week

Annual Leave

25 days of annual leave, plus 10 public holidays. We are also closed between Christmas day and New Year’s Day and do not take these additional days out of your leave allowance.

Classes

We currently run French and yoga classes.

Eye test and contribution to glasses costs

All employees whose role involves working in front of a computer are eligible for an eye test covered by ClientEarth every two years as follows:

Where the eye examination shows that glasses are needed specifically for work on a computer, we will contribute up to €75 towards the cost of prescription lenses and/or frames.

Eco Vouchers

€250/year Eco vouchers (pro-rated according to start date and working time). You can use these vouchers to purchase any eco-friendly products (such as a washing machine, a bike or parts for it, plants, etc.)

Lunch vouchers

If you work for four or more hours per day you are eligible for an employer-contributed lunch voucher (face value at €8 – employee’s contribution is €1.09/day).

Maternity / Parental / Purchase of additional leave (5 days)

Under Belgian law, maternity leave, parental leave and any unpaid leave taken, has an impact on the accrual of the following year’s annual leave.  At ClientEarth annual leave accruals are not affected by any of the above.

Paid educational leave

The purpose of Paid Educational Leave is to enable an employee to pursue training which is directly (or indirectly) related to their employment and which will improve the employee's competence and skills to carry out their job role.

We will consider applications for Paid Educational Leave from all staff. Leave will be granted in accordance with the “Brussels Economie & Emploi” rules and will also be applied consistently across the organisation including the need to maintain day to day operations.

“Bruxelles Economie et Emploi” must accredit the training/programme you want to take. It is your responsibility to first check if the training is accredited before registering for the course.

Pension

Employer contributions of 5%. It is not possible for individual employees to make additional voluntary contributions to this scheme.

Transport costs

We offer a 100% refund (via payroll) of your public transport costs (for any distance between your home address and the office).

13th month Salary

In December of each year, staff are entitled to a “13th month salary” (pro-rated according to start date and working time)

Beijing office

Located in the East 3rd ring road, our office is close to subway line 10, Liangmaqiao Station.

Our office facilities include:

  • Kitchen area with complementary tea, coffee and milk
  • Sit/stand desks and screens
  • Sofa area
  • Many green plants
Working hours

For full time roles, our standard working hours are 40 hours per week to be worked in accordance with our flexible working time policy. Part-time roles are pro-rated according to the number of hours you work in a week.

Annual Leave

25 days of annual leave, plus Chinese public holidays. We are also closed between Christmas day and New Year’s Day and do not take these additional days out of your leave allowance.

Pension

Employer contributions of 16%. These are matched by an employee contribution of 8% as standard.

Standardized Beijing Local Social Insurance

Including endowment insurance, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, employment injury insurance and maternity insurance

Standardized Beijing Local Housing Provident Fund

12% employer contribution (only applies to Chinese citizens, according to local policy)

Educational leave

The purpose of Educational Leave is to enable you to pursue training directly related to your employment, which will improve your competence and skills. You can take educational leave on a paid or unpaid basis.

Berlin office

Located in Albrechtstr. 22, 10117 Berlin our office is close to S+U Bahnstation Friedrichstr. Our office facilities include:

  • Kitchenette
  • One (shared) meeting room
Working hours

For full time roles, our standard working hours are 37.5 hours per week to be worked in accordance with our flexible working time policy. Part-time roles are pro-rated according to the number of hours you work in a week

Annual leave

25 days of annual leave and 10 public Holidays. We are also closed between Christmas day and New Year’s Day and do not take these additional days out of your leave allowance.

London office

We moved to our new purpose-built London office in June 2021. Located in central North London, our office at The Joinery is close to Highbury & Islington and Holloway Road tube stations. We are close to Highbury Fields so there is ample opportunity to get some fresh air during your lunch break and a wide range of lunch choices in the vicinity. Our office facilities include:

  • Large communal kitchen area with complementary tea, coffee and dairy & non-dairy milk
  • Sit/stand desks and dual screens
  • Large number of meeting rooms, many with screens and teleconferencing facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor informal breakout areas, including quiet spaces for focused work
  • Ample secure basement cycle parking
  • Multiple shower rooms
  • Complimentary use of office folding bikes
Working hours

For full time roles, our standard working hours are 37.5 hours per week to be worked in accordance with our flexible working time policy. Part-time roles are pro-rated according to the number of hours you work in a week

Annual Leave

25 days of annual leave, plus 8 public holidays. We are also closed between Christmas day and New Year’s Day and do not take these additional days out of your leave allowance.

Pension

Employer contributions of 4%. These are matched by an employee contribution of 4% as standard, but this can be increased.

Union

ClientEarth has a union recognition agreement with Unite, meaning that Unite is the officially recognised union for UK based staff. Union members and representatives work together to protect and improve their rights at work and to engage with senior management to agree on matters such as pay, benefits and other employment policies. As well as elected representatives, the union has officer roles that work with the organisation on matters such as health and safety, equality diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. The Union is committed to improving the experience of working at ClientEarth for all.

Bike to work scheme

You can enter a salary sacrifice agreement of up to £2,500 to have ClientEarth purchase a bike and related safety equipment for you to use. This allows you to effectively ‘hire’ the bike and kit, over a 12 or 18-month period.

Eye test and contribution to glasses costs

All employees can get their eye test costs reimbursed fully once every two years. Where the eye examination shows that you need glasses specifically for work with a computer monitor, we will contribute to the cost up to £60 for prescription glasses and/or frames.

Season ticket loan

We provide interest-free loans to help our employees buy an annual travel pass/season ticket, which is commonly cheaper than weekly or monthly passes. We then deducted this from your net (after-tax) pay on a monthly basis.

Enhanced maternity pay

ClientEarth offers as a discretionary measure the full normal rate of pay for the first 20 weeks of maternity leave (inclusive of Statuary Maternity Pay).

Educational leave

The purpose of Educational Leave is to enable you to pursue training directly related to your employment, which will improve your competence and skills. You can take educational leave on a paid or unpaid basis.

Madrid office

Located in Chamberí, a lively barrio (district) of central Madrid, our office is close to Gregorio Marañón and Ruben Darío metro stations. The area offers a unique combination between modernity and traditional Spanish life, away from tourist crowds; and a wide range of restaurants, bars and tapas choices.

Our office facilities include:

  • Kitchen area with complementary tea, coffee and non-dairy milk.
  • Sit/stand desks and screens
  • Meeting room
Working hours

For full time roles, our standard working hours are 37.5 hours per week to be worked in accordance with our flexible working time policy. Part-time roles are pro-rated according to the number of hours you work in a week.

Annual leave

22 days annual leave plus 14 public holidays.

Pension

Employer contributions is around 32% (this is also paid towards Healthcare and Unemployment Benefit). Employee contributions are between 6.35% and 6.40% depending on your contract type.

Educational leave

The purpose of Educational Leave is to enable you to pursue training directly related to your employment, which will improve your competence and skills. You can take educational leave on a paid or unpaid basis.

Eye test and contribution to glasses costs

All employees whose role involves working in front of a computer are eligible for an eye test covered by ClientEarth every two years as follows:

Where the eye examination shows that glasses are needed specifically for work with a computer, ClientEarth will contribute up to €75 towards the cost of prescription lenses and/or frames.

Warsaw office

Located in the city centre our office is close to Plac Konstytucji and Metro Politechnika. Our office facilities include:

  • Kitchen area with complementary tea, coffee and dairy & non-dairy milk
  • Sit/stand desks and ergonomic chairs
  • Shower room
Working hours

For full time roles, our standard working hours are 40 hours per week to be worked in accordance with our flexible working time policy. Part-time roles are pro-rated according to the number of hours you work in a week.

Annual leave

20 or 26 days, according to Polish Labour Law. We are also closed between Christmas day and New Year’s Day and do not take these additional days out of your leave allowance.

Pension

Employer contributions of 1.5%. These are matched by an employee contribution of min. 2% as standard.

Private healthcare

We offer a single basic healthcare package from Luxmed for all employees. We cover the cost fully, without any salary deduction.

Contribution to glasses costs

Where the eye examination shows that you need glasses specifically for work with a computer monitor, we will contribute to the cost up to PLN 300 for prescription glasses and/or frames.

California office

Working hours

Full-time employees work 40 hours per week Monday to Friday in accordance with our flexible working policy.

Annual Leave

25 days of vacation days per calendar year for full-time employees (pro-rata depending on the start date or part-time status) plus official US federal and state holidays. We are also closed between Christmas day and New Year’s Day and do not take these additional days out of your leave allowance.

Pension

We operate a 403(b) plan, which is an employer contributory scheme. ClientEarth will contribute up to 4% per annum.

Health Insurance

We have an ICHRA medical insurance reimbursement plan in place. Eligible employees will be reimbursed up to $15,000 per year in premiums for an individual medical cover and up to $30,000 per year in premiums for an individual + dependents medical cover.