Salary, pension and holidays

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Goldsmiths is aligned with other similar institutions in how our salary, pensions and holidays work.


Goldsmiths offers an incremental salary scheme with annual cost of living increase reviews.

We use a job evaluation scheme to ensure equal pay for work of equal value across all staff, and review and publish our gender pay gap and ethnicity pay gap annually.

Payday falls on the 24th of each month, but if the 24th falls on a day when the university is closed or it's a bank holiday weekend, it'll be the last working day before that. If you are paid via submission of pay claims, hours can only be included on the payment claim up to the payroll deadline. Therefore, you will need to submit any hours worked after the deadline on a new payment claim for the following month's payroll. 

For more information contact hr-recruitment (


When you start at Goldsmiths, you'll be automatically enrolled into a qualifying pension scheme – either the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) or the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), depending on your grade.

Grades 1-5: London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA)

Grades 6 and above: Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Annual Leave

Goldsmiths offers a generous annual leave entitlement on top of College closure dates (public holidays in England and two extra days at Easter, four at Christmas).

Grade Length of Service Number of Days
1-5 Less than five years 22
Five years or more 27
6 and above On appointment 28

Civic Days

All staff are entitled to request three days of leave each year to volunteer. This can be used to support local causes – an initiative we call Civic Days – or any organisations that are of personal interest. By volunteering within the London Borough of Lewisham, staff will take an active role in shaping our Civic Strategy and make a real difference in our local community.