Life at Wolseley
Through everything we do, we look to the ‘do the right thing’ – in the way we treat customers, suppliers, and our corporate responsibilities, but this is especially true in our approach to colleagues. To attract, develop and retain the best people we know that we need to offer the ‘whole package’.
Join us and benefit from this great package - a business with a family ethos right at the heart of its culture, where your safety and wellbeing will be prioritised and you’ll have your say on how we’re doing and where we’re going. Above all, come and discover a great place to work.
Supporting your wellbeing
There’s no doubt we do the right thing when it comes to Health and Safety – they’re our priorities. All our teams are engaged to ensure everyone gets home safe every night. In fact, we do all the things you’d expect from a business of our size – like having access to a best-in-class employee assistance programme to offer support when you need it. But more than that, we care about our colleagues in a complete way.
A truly unique offer
Mental Health First Aiders
Trained across our business to offer first line support to colleagues.
Cycle to Work scheme
Enabling colleagues to buy bicycles through their salary or through interest-free loans.
Our Wolseley Wellbeing programme
A comprehensive 12-week course that covers exercise, nutrition, sleep, positive psychology and stress management.
Internal buddy programme
Experienced employees helping their colleagues meet their health and wellbeing goals.
Paying a fair wage
There’s no getting away from it: pay matters. And when you’re looking for work, pay is the most important question. To ensure that we attract the very best talent and pay people a wage that means they want to stick around, we regularly benchmark all of the roles across our business to ensure we’re offering an attractive rate of pay and that all of our pay, across the board, is fair.
There’s no greater example than our approach to our starting salaries. We always pay above the National Living Wage – something that we call the Wolseley Wage - well over £500 more per year than the Living Wage for those aged 23 years and over. The gap is even wider if you’re under 23 years old, where the recommended pay is lower, as we don’t believe someone’s wage should be determined by their age.
Offering great benefits
We believe in rewarding the people who contribute to our business success. In addition to a competitive salary package we offer a range of benefits designed to attract, motivate and retain the very best people.
Fantastic contributory pension scheme
Life insurance (four times your salary)
Employee Assistance Program (including counselling)
Financial services and 'Benefits on Tap' discounts portal
Investing in your development
The Wolseley Talent Guild is the jewel in our crown when it comes to our colleague offering. It is a bold approach to the way we identify, support and develop talent. All our colleagues benefit from a robust framework that maps their potential to ensure they’re progressing and realising their career goals.
With everything from apprenticeship programmes, to talent boosters and career ladders, right through to more technical qualifications and higher education programmes – we have it covered. We’ve also invested in a series of dedicated training centres across the country to ensure that all colleagues have access to the learning they need to grow.
Colleague engagement is vital to the success of any business, as we know that well engaged colleagues give the best service. We have a comprehensive programme of engagement activities, from our twice yearly ‘Let’s Hear It!’ all colleague engagement surveys to our colleague forum that meets regularly with senior managers to put forward colleague ideas and questions. In this way we ensure our colleagues are right at the heart of our decision-making process and fully aligned to our strategic direction.
What diversity means to us
Diversity and inclusion is such a fundamental part of our company culture and people-first values. We embrace and celebrate what brings our people together - and also what makes everyone different. We value and respect the diversity of our colleagues and promote an inclusive working environment for everyone’s benefit. Our aims are a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and a supportive environment where everyone receives fair and equal treatment. We recently won the National Mentoring Consortium’s New Employer of the Year award for our work with black and ethnic minority students.
Nobody will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, social class, colour, race, ethnic origin, creed, age, sexual orientation or disability. And no colleague will be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that can’t be shown to be relevant to performance. Having a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds not only makes Wolseley a more interesting place to work, it helps us to better understand our customers and their needs.
Supporting flexible working
We encourage flexibility across our business as a way of improving the customer service we offer. It’s about having the right people in the right place at the right time. To achieve this, we encourage our people to take on a number of different roles, so they develop multiple skills and extended knowledge. We also offer a range of flexible working patterns, including part-time contracts and staggered start and finish times.