Benefits and rewards

The following benefits are available to CAA employees on permanent or fixed-term contracts. 

Base salary

Paid monthly, a few days before the end of each month. 


28 days per year, plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase up to an additional five days per year. The basic holiday entitlement increases to 30 days after 8 years’ service and 33 days after 10 years. 


We offer a defined contribution (DC) pension arrangement, called the Civil Aviation Authority Personal Pension Plan (CAAPPP). Employee contributions are voluntary, but the CAA pays in twice the level of the annual employee contribution.

Employee contribution (as a % of base salary) CAA contribution Total
2% 4% 6%
4% 8% 12%
6% 12% 18%

Employees can contribute more than the amounts shown but the CAA contribution is capped at 12%. Contributions are subject to the current HMRC capping guidelines.

Voluntary benefits

The CAA provides a wide range of employee purchase and salary sacrifice benefits related to health protection, general wellbeing and financial savings. These include:

medical insurance dental insurance
cash health plans a car scheme
a cycle to work scheme retail and dining discounts
discounted gym membership season ticket loans
retail and dining discounts  

We operate a give-as-you-earn scheme, which allows people to contribute to their favourite charities from their pre-tax earnings. In addition we offer a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which is fully paid for by the CAA. This enables employees to seek confidential advice from an external support centre regarding work life, home life and personal issues.

Personal contract benefits

An enhanced level of company-paid employee benefits is offered to individuals who are employed on a personal contract (generally senior managers and key specialists).

Private medical insurance (employee only) provided via PPP, or a cash allowance to enable you to choose your own cover. The ability to top up to family cover is through a monthly payroll deduction.

Private dental insurance (employee only) or a cash allowance to enable you to choose your own cover. The ability to top up to family cover is through a monthly payroll deduction.

Some roles attract a ‘benefit’ car allowance, which can be put towards the cost of a car via our iDrive salary sacrifice scheme.

Our benefits packages are regularly reviewed and subject to change.

Colleague recognition

Colleagues who make a special contribution and demonstrate our values could be nominated to receive a ‘points award’ or a special thank you through our Colleague Recognition Scheme. This scheme encourages everyone at all levels to acknowledge achievement and reward exemplary behaviours.

We are committed to smarter working arrangements and will consider all applications. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity.