Why Amnesty International

Staff at the International Secretariat (Amnesty International's headquarters) benefit from competitive salaries, a modern working environment and excellent employment perks.


  • Salaries are reviewed annually in April to take inflationary increases into account.
  • There is a generous annual increment up our salary scale based on anniversary date of employment.


  • 27 days holiday (plus two grace days each year and eight bank holidays) giving a total of 37 days leave per annum.
  • Up to 10 days paid special leave to accommodate life events such as exams, marriage, moving house or bereavement.
  • Generous sick-leave provision.
  • Sabbatical leave up to 12 months unpaid after three years of service.


  • Life insurance of four times gross salary.
  • After six months of service staff are automatically enrolled onto the Amnesty International Superannuation Scheme. This is a defined contribution to which Amnesty International contributes 7% of gross salary and will match individual employee contributions up to an additional 3%. Staff can choose to opt out of this scheme.

Family-friendly policies

  • Flexible working opportunities for staff with dependents.
  • A range of childcare schemes to support working parents (vouchers and allowances).
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave scheme (six weeks full pay, 20 weeks half pay, 13 weeks statutory pay).
  • Paternity leave up to 10 days paid.
  • Dependency leave - allows for time off to take care of emergency situations in relation to dependents (up to 10 days per annum).
  • Generous policies for unpaid time off to look after children.

Learning and development

  • Access a range of relevant, tailored internal and external training and learning opportunities, both in the UK and globally;
  • Plan and manage your own learning and development, with support from our Learning and Impact Assessment team and your line manager;
  • Link with colleagues and be involved in a range of learning methodologies, such as action learning, peer support, appreciative enquiry, world café and coaching.

Other benefits

  • Travel loan - interest-free travel loan for travel to work (loan applicants are eligible if the length of time to run on their contract is six months or over at the time the season ticket loan will commence).
  • Cycle scheme for UK staff - save up to 40% off the cost of a bike.
  • Flexible working arrangements - where the nature of the work allows, flexible working hours can be agreed their management.
  • Core working hours of 9.30am-5.30pm or 10am-6pm with a one hour break for lunch (35 hour working week).
  • Overtime for hours worked outside your normal hours of work will be remunerated by time off in lieu; your line manager must approve all overtime before and after it is completed.
  • Global health insurance for staff hired to work in the International Secretariat's international offices.
  • Confidential counselling service available for all staff.
  • Recently refurbished open-plan office in London with café area and roof garden.

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