If you're thinking about applying for one of our home-based jobs, the information below will help you find out what home working with us entails.
About two thirds of our roles at Parkinson's UK are home-based, with office facilities set up within staff members' homes.
What are the benefits to the charity of employing staff who work from home?
Through our staff who work from home, we are able to provide local information, support and education across the UK.
We can also provide other services to people with Parkinson's, their families and carers, our local groups, and healthcare professionals in your area.
This enables us to work effectively, listen to local needs and deliver our support accordingly.
What are the benefits to me if I'm successful in my application for a home-based position?
Our staff members who are home-based tell us that there are a number of positive reasons for working from home. These include:
Your work is, quite literally, on your doorstep. This means that at either end of your day you can arrive at work and be home in minutes.
Staff members who are home-based tell us that positive reasons for working from home include a good work-life balance, and time and money saved on travelling.
You can save time travelling. And you'll have no commuting costs, which for some people can be thousands of pounds every year.
You will have a degree of flexibility in planning your working week (apart from cases where your attendance may be required, for example at team meetings, local group meetings etc) within the boundaries of your weekly contracted hours.
Over time we have improved practical arrangements, support and communication with our home-based staff. We now provide as much support as we can to make working life as easy as possible.
Read more about other benefits of working for Parkinson's UK.
Are there are any disadvantages of working from home?
We're aware that there can also be some disadvantages to working from home:
- You may potentially feel that you are remote from your regional/national colleagues, your line manager or the organisation generally.
- Some people find working from home isolating.
- You may feel that practical problems, for example not enough space or not enough quiet/private time, make it difficult to be able to work or concentrate at home.
Equipment and facilities
Do I have to provide any equipment if I work from home?
No, we will provide you with all of the necessary equipment.
We'll provide all of the necessary equipment for you to work from home. Certain roles have the option of using a lease car.
How much space will this take up in my home?
While we offer the equipment to allow you to work at home, it's your responsibility to make sure that you have the space and the quiet time to carry out the role.
Do you provide lease cars or a cash equivalent?
At present we do not offer a lease car or a cash equivalent to new staff members.
If you use your own car for work purposes you will be able to claim for your business mileage at HMRC rates.
I already have a computer and a desk. Can I just use my own?
If you have your own desk, chair or filing cupboard which you would prefer to use, then you may be able do so.
However, we do have an obligation to ensure as part of our health and safety procedures that they meet appropriate legislation and policy requirements.
Salary, tax and insurance
What about home insurance?
We would advise you to contact your home insurers to notify them that you are going to be working from home.
Do you pay any additional allowance for working from home?
No. Our salaries are as advertised for the role and there are no additional payments.
Do I have to pay more tax if I work from home?
No. In fact, you may be entitled to a small tax allowance for working from home.
You'll need to contact the Inland Revenue directly once you are in post with us, and notify them of your circumstances.
When does my working day start if I'm based at home?
With a generally agreed pattern of work, if you are home-based your working day starts either at the point you start working in your office (ie logging on to your computer and telephone) or when you leave your home to attend a meeting, visit a client, etc.
We operate a flexi-time scheme, which offers you a degree of flexibility in your start and finish times.