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Action For Children

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Action For Children head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    90% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

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  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Action For Children?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    64% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 11 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Action For Children get paid breaks?

    Not always. Most people don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    75% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do people at Action For Children get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    58% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

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  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Action For Children?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    73% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 11 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Action For Children?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    58% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • People are paid market rates

    Does Action For Children pay market rates?

    Most people are paid market rates

    How we know this

    70% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at Action For Children recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    50% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Action For Children is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    55% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 11 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Action For Children?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    82% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 11 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does Action For Children pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    75% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid minimum wage

    Does Action For Children pay minimum wage?

    Yes. People are paid above the minimum wage

    How we know this

    92% of people say they are paid at or above the legal minimum wage

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

  • People get sick pay

    Does Action For Children pay sick pay?

    Yes. People get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    75% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

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How Action For Children ranks

Action For Children ranks joint 73rd to work for in social care provider employers

  1. 73= Achieve Together
    5.4
  2. 73= Action For Children
    5.4
  3. 73= Choice Support
    5.4

Action For Children job reviews

  • Best thing

    I love the work we do with young people

    Worst thing

    Inconsistency

    2.7

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The people, the ethos of the company, flexible working, tools for the job, working from home now

    Worst thing

    Travel pre-Covid, mostly office based. Uncertainty around funding especially last 18 months

    9.4

    Admin team leader, March 2021

About

Action for Children is a children's charity that helps vulnerable children and young people, and their families.

actionforchildren.org.uk

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How are people paid?

33%
by the hour
67%
an annual salary

Based on 12 employees

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