What you'll get
The Toolstation team
Working at Toolstation is pretty unique. Mostly because of the incredible pace at which we’re growing, opening 60 new stores each year with no plans to stop. That’s behind everything that’s happening here - expanding our business at every level from stores to products to teams to head office functions. It makes for a high energy, positive, fun place to work but you need to be prepared to work hard. We’re a down to earth, open and honest business, where there’s always someone around to help you out when you need it. And we don’t just support each other - we like to support the communities we live and work in too.
What’s more, we have fun while we do it, so to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities, our people have done everything from the London Marathon, to sponsored bike rides, fancy dress days, cake sales and forming choirs. We are really inclusive and if sporting activities are not your thing, there will always be something you can do to contribute such as fancy dress or baking for our Macmillan Coffee Mornings. It’s all part of being Toolstation - being the best in everything you do and having fun along the way.
Rewards and benefits
Join us and you can look forward to a wide range of rewards and benefits.
Save As You Earn (SAYE)
Once a year you can join this scheme to save money over three or five years and use it to buy Travis Perkins shares at lower than the stock market price.
When you join us, you’ll have 30 days’ paid holiday each year (pro rata if you work part-time). This goes up to a whopping 33 days after five years.
From day one, you’re eligible for life assurance, which means if anything happens to you, inside or outside work, your chosen person will receive the equivalent of up to 3 times your annual salary
After you’ve been with us for three months, you’ll automatically qualify for a Travis Perkins Colleague Discount Card, which gives you discounts at Travis Perkins group companies, including Toolstation, Wickes and Tile Giant.
If you’re 22-65 years old and earning over £6,136, you’ll automatically join our pension scheme after you’ve been here for three months. You can choose how much you pay in and we’ll add to your savings each month.
Depending on the time of year, our branches and Distribution Centres can get hot or cold, so we’ll give you a full uniform, including footwear. You can choose to wear your own dark trousers or cargo shorts if you prefer
Buy As You Earn (BAYE)
After you’ve been with us for three months, BAYE allows you to buy Travis Perkins shares from your gross salary at the normal stock market price. This means you save on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions.
After certain milestones of service with us we’ll celebrate by giving you a monetary reward. We’ll also give you a badge of recognition after 1, 3, 5, 10 and 15 years’ service.
We want you to be able to work here when it’s best for you. So, once you’ve worked here for 26 weeks, you can ask your line manager for a meeting to look at your work patterns and see what works best for you and the business.
Additional Holiday Pay
If you’re entitled to overtime and work continuously over your normal hours, we’ll reflect your overtime in your holiday pay, so you don’t miss out.
The home of recognition and fantastic discounts from your favourite retailers. Exclusively for Toolstation colleagues.
Through our wellbeing centre, you’ll have access to a range of support and information to be healthier and happier.
26 weeks’ full pay for maternity, shared parental, adoption, or surrogacy.
Paternity pay is 100% for two weeks. We also provide new working parents up to 10 additional days’ leave during the first few years, just to cover any emergencies.
In partnership with Halfords, our cycle to work scheme is a great opportunity for you to get support in purchasing a new bike to travel to and from work.
This financial wellbeing benefit allows you access up to 40% of your wages as you earn them, before payday - great for unexpected bills or expenses.
Will Writing Service
We’ve teamed up with Adroit Legal Services to offer you access to a free standard Will writing services through a network of vetted legal firms.
Helping you worry less about money by providing a series of support services including financial education, savings tools and loans, all repaid through your salary.
Health Cash Plan
You’ll be eligible for a 20% discount to Westfield Health’s Advantage Health Cash Plan, providing support for a range of health-related check-ups or treatments.
It's only by working together that we're successful. This means that you'll be part of one of the numbers of discretionary bonus schemes across Toolstation.
Our commitment to fairness
Our customers come from every walk of life and every type of background. That’s why we go out of our way to make sure that the people we employ are just as diverse.
We treat everybody equally and without any bias. So, when you apply to join us or work for us, you can be sure that we’ll always be fair, open and honest with you. Whatever your gender, race, disability, sexual preference, marital status, age, religion, political beliefs or trade union membership.
This means we’ll always recruit you based on merit. And when it comes to offering training and development, you’ll have every opportunity to take advantage of programmes and support relevant to your role, experience and ability.
You be you, it makes us, us
One of our newest Networks, Ability’s aim is to raise awareness of some of the challenges our colleagues face whilst in the workplace - from hidden and visible disabilities to long-term health conditions; and to create and maintain environments where those personally affected feel at ease to disclose and share their experience.
Our first step in the right direction has been to partner with Valuable 500 and the Business Disability Forum. Our membership with these groups includes self-assessments that continuously help us to pinpoint areas of improvement. In December 2021 we announced that we had joined the Disability confident scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.
As part of our commitment, we’ve started to review our policies, and locations (store, branch, warehouse and offices) with the view to making them accessible for those with disabilities.
Awareness of Cultures and Ethnicities
The aim of our Awareness of Cultures and Ethnicities (ACE) network is to celebrate diversity by:
- raising awareness and sparking supportive conversations to bring about positive change for all
- recognising and celebrating different cultures, educating each other and debating topical issues
- creating a culture where we attract, retain and develop all colleagues from diverse backgrounds
- committing to zero tolerance against discrimination and holding people accountable for their actions
We celebrate and educate about cultural and observance events, such as Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Diwali, and black history month through communications and events across the Group. And lead on the initiative to introduce Multi-Faith and Wellbeing Rooms, where people of all faiths can take some time out of their day to pause and reflect.
At Travis Perkins plc, we strive to empower LGBTQ+ communities, both within and outside of our workforce. Similarly to our other networks, we take a proactive stance by celebrating and supporting campaigns like Pride and advocating brilliant allyship across the group and beyond.
Our progress, in this regard, can be seen in the results of our digital Ally workshop. This workshop focuses on educating our colleagues and equipping them with the tools to understand, respect and value who they and others are. This way, we can work together without fear or prejudice – all while being our authentic selves!
Balance for Better
Seeking “Balance for Better,” Travis Perkins plc challenges gender imbalance by supporting and lending a voice to campaigns and events that promote equality. We actively participate in campaigns such as Women in Construction Week, and awareness events like International Women’s day and hold quarterly regional meetings and free open forums that cover topical talking points.
We're here to:
- provide a networking space for women and male allies to network across the Travis Perkins Group
- support and build confidence, allowing individuals to thrive in their working environments and see future career options
- drive positive change to the gender balance agenda through positive action activity streams
- educate, challenge and raise awareness of gender imbalance across Group
- provide an opportunity for our male allies to understand the topics of gender balance and provide insight into how they can play a part in furthering the agenda
Constant collaboration and open listening have helped our group to drive business change in the form of more flexibility, tolerance, and fairness, including one of our recent achievements of halving the gender pay gap to 5%. And through our positive action work streams, we’re helping to shape family-friendly, flexibility, and menopause policies; uniform options to ensure everyone is comfortable to be and feel themselves at work; introduce female reverse mentoring and support Women in Data & Tech.
The vision of our Youth network is to offer the younger generations of the Travis Perkins plc family a platform to share insight, opinions and experiences; raise the profile, ambition and appeal of working across the Group to young people; and ensure that there are visible diverse role models at all levels of our organisation.
We want to:
- attract younger people by being a group that acknowledges trends and accepts change - we understand that work expectations are constantly evolving and that disrupting typical ways of working can provoke positive change
- retain younger colleagues by providing them with opportunities and room to grow - to see their job with us as a career that knows no bounds and that they have an important role to play in the strategic direction of our business and the wider industry
- encourage younger people by creating environments that are comfortable and safe - that spark voices to be heard and welcome opinions and feedback, and policies and procedures that are fit for purpose, now and in the future.
To celebrate our first international youth day our youth board and colleagues from across the Group took part in a beach clean, organised and supported by the Marine Conservation Society, at Portishead in Somerset.
Our Family Friendly Policies
We’re always striving to create a great working environment with an excellent colleague experience, and we want to celebrate and support the different ways in which our colleagues can have a family. In an effort to continue becoming a more inclusive employer, we offer the following support:
26 weeks' full pay for maternity, shared parental, adoption, or surrogacy circumstances
Paid leave to support our colleagues through IVF fertility cycles
Paid leave to support our colleagues during miscarriage or baby loss
Paid leave for colleagues supporting their partner through miscarriage or baby loss
Additional paid time off during the first 2 years of birth to support new family commitments and childcare
The decision to grow your family can be a big one, and we hope these updated policies help support our whole Toolstation team in being able to make that decision.
Learning and development
Being your best and growing further
We’re on a mission to create a learning culture that grows our business through our people being at their best Our aim is to make all learning easily accessible and fun, helping you perform at your best.
Whether that's through our brilliant Apprenticeship Programs, or our ‘You at your Best’ all colleague training or our ‘Being your Best’ and ‘Leading at your Best’ suite of virtual learning. Our focus is on helping to grow our managers and leaders so in turn they can be really effective at helping our colleagues develop.
Join us and we will help you create a career development toolkit that will help you accelerate your career. Whether you join us as a part-time Store Assistant or as a Manager, we have the tools and resources in place to help you succeed.
Our Toolstation Academy’s vision is to grow our business through our people being at their best. Toolstation Academy includes all current learning assets that help people be at their best, including our brilliant Apprenticeship Programmes, ‘Being your Best’ management development and ‘Leading at your Best’ leadership virtual learning sessions. We have a learning library full of helpful resources for personal development including articles, TED talks and much more on our online knowledge management platform, Thrive!
What types of learning can you expect?
We will ensure that your learning is geared around your needs and will cover 'Essential Learning' - ensuring you have completed your 'Licence to Operate' and 'Operational Training', giving you the tools to get the basics right. Our 'Core Capability Skills' is about ensuring you are at your best, enabling you to deliver in your role with knowledge, confidence and an understanding of processes. And finally 'Future Learning' will ensure you are ready for your next career move.