About Versus Arthritis

What we do

We exist to push back against arthritis stealing people’s lives. There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is OK. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.  Alongside volunteers, healthcare professionals, decision makers and researchers we do everything we can to push back against arthritis. Together, we’ll continue to develop breakthrough treatments, campaign relentlessly for arthritis to be seen as a priority and support people with arthritis whenever they need it. We’re making real progress. But there’s still a long way to go, and we won’t stop until no-one has to tolerate the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis.

 

Valuing diversity and inclusion

We want diversity and inclusion to be at the heart of everything we do and our research, services and influencing work to reflect the diverse needs of all those living with arthritis. Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.  Everyone should feel they can belong to the Versus Arthritis community and feel comfortable and valued in bringing their whole self to our charity. 

 

Disability Confident Committed

We are a Disability Confident Committed employer with an action plan to become Disability Confident Leaders in the near future and we are members of the Business Disability Forum. 44% of our workforce are disabled or have a long-term health condition and 38% of our workforce have a direct relationship with arthritis, which means they have arthritis or care for someone with arthritis.  We are happy to provide job details, and to accept applications, in alternative formats from applicants who may have specific requirements related to a disability. We guarantee an interview for all disabled applicants who demonstrate, within their application, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.  We will also ensure that any reasonable adjustments are made in respect of interview and working arrangements.

 

Supporting employees to work and live well

We are proud to offer working environments, technology, spaces and practices that foster our ‘Flex’ principles of collaboration, flexibility, inclusion, health and wellbeing and support an effective work/life balance.

 

Our excellent employee benefits

  • Flexible working hours, locations and practices
  • 34 days annual leave per annum (full-time employees) including public holidays, increasing incrementally to 38 days.
  • Annual leave buy & sell scheme
  • Group personal pension plan
  • Life assurance
  • Health plan scheme
  • Learning and Development programmes
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay and enhanced paternity leave
  • Contribution towards eye tests and prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • Access to a free Employee Assistance Programme, 7 days a week 24 hours a day
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Interest free annual season ticket loans  
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Casual dress code  

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