Our employees are passionate about what they do and we are proud of our achievements as a movement.

To compensate our employees for the wonderful work they do we provide an attractive and sector competitive salary and benefits package across all of our office locations; to ensure equity the International Secretariat have an international reward framework.

A key objective behind our pay methodology is the fact we as a movement are funded by individual subscriptions and must balance this with the need to attract and retain the right skilled expert staff without seeking to match or encourage the expatriate benefits model of many of our peers. The framework covers three main areas:

Our approach seeks to:

  • Support fairness and equity across all of our office locations
  • Appropriately remunerate our staff with a transparent and suitable salary and benefits package
  • Ensure that short-term transitional needs of relocated employees are supported
  • Position Amnesty competitively in the regional marketplace
  • Enable Amnesty to attract and retain staff with the right skills and competencies
  • Meet all legal requirements
  • Reward length of service

1)     Do international staff and local staff salaries and packages differ?

AI uses a one tier salary scale approach in its locations. We are a global organisation firmly rooted in the countries within which we work. AI benefits from the diverse talents and backgrounds that make up its staff and is keen to support the learning that this brings. We do not have posts that are permanently designated as ‘international’. We believe an approach that focuses on the requirements of the role, the necessary skills and abilities and takes into account the context, sits more comfortably with our values and ethos.

AI is committed to an equitable approach to reward across the organisation.  We believe that two (or more) tiers that distinguish reward frameworks for national and international roles is an inherently inequitable approach.  The needs analysis that defines salary levels in any location should be the same for all.

Our salary scales are based on the local market (in particular organizations containing roles with a regional as opposed to purely a national remit). Whilst we broadly expect our staff to be driven to work for AI by their personal commitment to the cause and seek a reasonable reward in recompense, our broad pay philosophy is to aim to be in the region of median and the 75th percentile of our comparator organisations.

Our pay practice with respect to salaries is viewed as part of a total reward package. Our aim is to reward employees through a combination of salary and benefits, high levels of engagement and involvement, and a commitment to employee development.

Our salary scale consists of Grades and Steps. Staff currently increment annually through cost of living adjustments and through the steps according to their length of service.  For the Senior Leadership Team, we have recently replaced the incremental salary scale with a broad band salary scale where pay increases continue to be linked directly to performance rather than according to length of service.

2)     Are the salaries quoted net or gross?

All salaries are quoted as gross (without tax or other contributions having been deducted). We do not operate on a net pay promise basis and all salaries quoted in scales and contracts are on a gross, taxable basis. AI has an obligation to ensure that employees pay tax in the country in which they work by paying a gross annual salary and deducting the necessary tax required by the country. To assist employees with their personal tax compliance, Amnesty International offers the services listed in section 7 below.

3) What other benefits does AI offer?

It should be noted that some of these benefits may be a taxable and any tax liability arising from the provision of these benefits are the responsibility of the employee.

Hours of work 40 inclusive of one-hour for lunch
Annual leave 37 inclusive of public holidays and grace days
Carry forward of leave per annum Maximum of 10 days
Special leave Maximum of 10 days in any one year
Parental leave 18 weeks unpaid
Time Off In Lieu / Overtime Taken within three months. Overtime will not be paid and will be given in time off in lieu  except for where local law demands
Sabbatical After five years of service
Sick leave As per current policy
Pension Up to 10.5% to international retirement plan/alternative
Life assurance 4 x gross annual salary
Maternity/Adoption Six weeks’ full pay, 20 weeks’ half pay
Paternity/co-parent Two weeks’ full pay, two weeks’ half pay
Flexible working Yes, subject to operational needs
Childcare Location specific allowances for Regional Office locations
Healthcare Private medical insurance for staff member and immediate family
Employee Assistance Program / Staff Support All staff have access to a 24 hour helpline for confidential counselling to deal with trauma or other personal issues.
Transport Contribution Loan This benefit is only applicable in countries where a season ticket for public transport can be purchased. If this is possible, a loan is available from AI which will be deducted from salary on a monthly basis, subject to a maximum of 15% of net current salary.
Eye tests and glasses for Visual Display Unit (computer) use A maximum of £20 is given for a sight test and £75 towards the purchase of glasses, or equivalent in local currency based on agreed exchange rates. This is reimbursed against actual expenditure.

4)   Does Amnesty offer an installation / relocation allowance to employees relocating?

Yes, provided that you are not already living in the country where the job is based. Employees relocating on a fixed term contract receive an installation allowance based on a 15 day per diem. The per diem amount varies according to location. Employees relocating permanently receive an installation allowance based on a 30 day per diem. The installation allowance is paid through payroll together with the employee’s first salary.

Please see attached breakdown of the benefits and relocation packages for the:

London office

Regional offices

5)  When is payday?

Payday is on the last day working day of the month. Should the last day of a given month fall on a weekend, payday will be brought forward to the last Friday of the month. Should your start date fall after the 12th of the month, you will only be paid the following month retrospectively. Should you be unable to open a bank account in the regional office location before the 5th of the month, you should provide your current bank account details to ODHR. Your bank account details can be changed at a later stage (i.e.: when you are able to open a bank account in the regional office location

6)  Will I be on an international or local contract?

AI only offers local contracts. You will be on a local contract with terms and conditions relevant to the country in which you will be working. Should you accept a job offer in a different country from where you currently live, you will be entitled to relocation benefits

7)  What kind of tax support does AI offer?

  • For those relocating to the country

  • Tax briefing for home and host countries with professional Tax Advisors engaged by Amnesty International
  • Net pay calculation
  • Assistance with one home tax return and two host country tax returns
  • For those recruited in country, but are nationals of a different country

  • Tax briefing for home and host countries with professional Tax Advisors engaged by Amnesty International
  • Net pay calculation
  • For those locally recruited

  • No tax support offered as staff member is assumed to have paid local taxes and Social Security previously.

8)  Are salaries shown inclusive of 13th month?

All salaries shown are annual salaries whether paid on a 12 or 13 month basis – as per local practice in some locations.

9)  How are exchange rates for salary payment calculated?

Exchange rates for salary payment will be fixed at 1 April each year for the following 12 months. This will be calculated as the average exchange rate for the previous 12 month period. Where payment is delivered in local currency and this differs from the contractual currency this will be converted monthly at the prevailing rate.

10)  Does AI offer medical insurance?

Yes, AI offer Medical Insurance for the employee and dependants where there is no national health service such as the NHS in the UK. Premiums will be paid directly to the insurer by Amnesty International and this premium is subject to tax in some locations as these are staff benefits.

Medical Insurance will primarily be for Area 2 which covers the countries shown below. However, should you hold nationality of a country not listed under Area 2, you will be eligible for Area 3 cover (which includes all countries worldwide)

Area 2: All countries worldwide with the exception of the following: North America, Canada, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Dutch Antilles (including St. Maarten), French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Islands and any other Caribbean Islands not listed.

11)  Does Amnesty International assist new staff in finding a house and settling in my location?

Amnesty International offers temporary accommodation (up to 15 days for fixed term contracts / up to 30 days for permanent contracts) on arrival to a country so you do not have to immediately look for a property. You will be sent a country profile for your location with your relocation documents which provides an overview of that particular location and helpful hints on customs/ suppliers to use for things such as banks, estate agents etc.

12)  Will my children’s school fees be covered if I did not relocate to the job location with AI?

No, Schooling assistance is not provided in any regional office.

13)  I am a new employee, if I resign from AI within 2 years of my relocation, do I need to pay back anything?

Yes, please refer to table below:

In the first 12 months 100% of outbound relocation costs and any return costs
Between 13 and 18 months 50% of outbound relocation costs and any return costs
Between 19 and 24 months 25% of outbound relocation costs and any return costs

14)  If AI permanently relocates me, will I be relocated to my original location?

Yes, however, please note that should you resign before a 2 year period has elapsed, there will be some reimbursement due.