Benefits and rewards

As a YHA employee, you’ll have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your time with us as happy and rewarding as possible. Here are just some of the benefits you can enjoy when you work for YHA.

  • Plenty of time for holidays

    You’re entitled to 28 days annual leave per year (pro-rata if you do not work full-time), rising to 29 after a year.

  • Health cash plans

    With YHA, you have access to a health cash plan to help you manage the costs of everyday health expenses such as eye tests, dental treatment and physio.

  • Life insurance

    If the worst should happen while you’re employed by YHA, your family will receive a lump sum equivalent to twice your annual earnings.

  • Learning, development and career progression

    YHA offers supportive learning and development opportunities to all staff with career opportunities available. An extensive range of apprenticeship training is on offer, along with short courses, internal training and – where budgets allow – external training to provide continuous learning and upskilling.  We recognise the benefits of promoting from within and ensuring our staff have the knowledge to do so.

  • Make your pay go further

    YHA has a partnership with the #RewardMe discount portal. This allows you to get cash back and discounts on thousands of products with some of the biggest brands, products, holidays and other deals with 3,000+ retailers.

  • Give as you earn

    We offer a simple way for you to donate to any UK charities close to your heart (including YHA) through your wages.

  • Flexible approaches to working

    Having time to connect with the important people in your life is vital. That’s why we’ll do our best to support you in balancing your work and family life, such as flexible working options. Speak to your line manager for guidance.

  • Support at work

    You’ll have regular team meetings, one-to-ones, opportunities for feedback and chances to socialise. You’ll have access to our independent, confidential helpline for advice and counselling that’s available 24-hours a day and is totally free. And, if you ever need to take time off work for sickness, bereavement, or other needs, your line manager will always seek to support you. Our online wellbeing centre has lots of advice on health and financial matters.

  • Stay for free

    We have over 150 hostels in some of the most stunning places in England and Wales. If you work for YHA, you get 10 free overnight stays every year for you and up to three guests. You’ll also get a discount on YHA Exclusive Hire.

  • Free YHA Membership

    All staff are automatically enrolled to our YHA membership programme which gives you discounts for international hostel bookings.

  • Money off your meals

    Hostel-based staff can tuck into reduced price meals on the days they’re working (available to live-in staff on non-working days too). No one wants to work on an empty belly!

  • Cycle to work

    We are able to offer a cycle to work scheme that allows you to save on the cost of a new bike and cycling equipment (subject to eligibility).