Amazon strives to be Earth’s Best Employer and from Day One, our employees have access to a wide range of amazing benefits that support not only them but eligible family members. These benefits include access to private medical insurance, flexible work contracts, funding for education and extra paid parental leave.

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Here are some of the benefits you may not know about, available to all eligible Amazon employees.

1. The option to work term-time only

Amazon has launched new term-time contracts providing its operations employees guaranteed time off during Summer, Easter and Christmas holidays, enabling more time with their children.

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To support employees with childcare needs, Amazon offers an innovative contract that offers parents, grandparents, and guardians of school-age children the choice to work term-time only. Term-time contracts guarantee time off for the six-week summer holidays, the two-week Easter break and Christmas holiday periods without affecting the comprehensive range of benefits they receive.

2. Access to fertility support

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Amazon’s benefit with Maven offers access to free, unlimited access to virtual care, coaching, and resources for employees looking to grow their families through fertility treatment, adoption, and other family-building options. Amazon employees in the UK are also eligible for the Maven member discount programme which includes discounts on treatments not covered by insurance, the free first year of egg or embryo storage at select clinics, and more.

3. Funding for adult education with the Career Choice programme

Amazon’s education benefit is helping employees across the UK make their career aspirations a reality. Here’s how three graduates made bold career moves ranging from HR to Data Analytics and IT.

Career Choice is an education benefit that empowers eligible employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. Through the programme, Amazon pre-pays 95% of tuition and reimburses costs for books and fees for nationally recognised courses – up to £8,000 over four years. Career Choice covers courses in high-demand fields including accountancy, HGV driving and software development.

4. Supplementary pay during Parental Leave

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Amazon offers company top-up pay to birth mothers, adoptive primary parents, partners of birth mothers, and secondary adoptive parents. This support is aimed at assisting new parents trying to balance work and family life, allowing them to spend more time with their newest family member. This benefit complements the respective statutory leaves for parents, and depends on continuous service time by the date of birth or adoption.

5. Free counselling services through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

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Amazon supports employees and their family members' well-being and health through the Employee Assistance Programme, a free, confidential counselling and referral service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether they’re in crisis or just need to talk, the EAP can help them navigate through work-life experiences, and provide them with mental health support through major life events, everyday living, and financial matters.

6. Access to Private Medical Insurance

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Amazon offers all employees easy access to private medical insurance, providing high-quality healthcare often faster than the NHS following a referral from their GP. This insurance allows for flexibility in choosing a treatment date, time, specialist, and hospital, within the terms and conditions of the provider, AXA Health. Provided at low cost to employees – with Amazon covering the cost of the insurance – all employees need to do is pay income tax in respect of the benefit.

7. Access to Critical Illness Insurance

Amazon offers a wide breadth of training opportunities to fulfilment centre employees to develop new skills and progress their career.

Critical Illness Insurance offers financial support to employees diagnosed with a critical illness to ease financial worries. This insurance is a tax-free lump sum that can be used at the employee’s discretion. The payment can be used for any purpose including home improvements to help you live more comfortably. Employees can pay for cover for themselves and their partners.

8. Commuter Season Ticket

To promote a more affordable and green commuting option for employees, Amazon offers a season ticket scheme to eligible staff. This programme assists with annual travel costs for commuting to work using public transport. Employees can borrow up to £10,000 per year interest-free, with repayment made in monthly instalments through payroll.

9. Full eye tests with Specsavers

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Amazon has collaborated with Specsavers to provide a comprehensive eye test for employees who use visual display units (VDU) such as computer displays, laptops and tablets. The VDU eyecare eVoucher covers retinal photography for employees aged over 40 and over, or under the recommendation of an optician. Employees are entitled to a voucher every 12 months.

10. On-demand access to babysitters, pet sitters and housekeepers

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Amazon has partnered with Work + Family Solutions, an online platform that offers practical support, resources, and information to help employees manage their care responsibilities. This platform provides on-demand access to local babysitters, pet sitters, and housekeepers, along with one-on-one sessions with experts, advice for finding permanent child or adult care, exclusive tuition offers, and supportive content to help employees feel better about the challenges they face at work and home.

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