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Rewards & Benefits

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Cycle to Work Scheme

Fancy beating the traffic, saving petrol money and not worrying about parking when you travel to work? Then check out the Cycle2work scheme.

What is Cycle2Work?

As an employee, the Cycle2work scheme allows you to make huge savings on a new bike and any safety equipment. You can save up to 42% because the scheme acts as a tax break, which means you can get a brand new bike without paying tax and national insurance on it.

How does the scheme work?

You'll basically be hiring the bike from the scheme in exchange for a small amount of your salary being taken over a monthly basis. It'll be deducted over a 10 (term time & retainer fee) or 12 (all year round) month period, depending on what works best for your budget.       

  • Term time or Retainer fee employees will be able to apply for the Cycle2work scheme from 1st June to 31st July.    
  • All year round employees can apply at any stage throughout the year.

What are the benefits?

Cycling takes the stress out of your commute and means you can get to work in a cheap and environmentally-friendly way. Plus, you'll be keeping fit and healthy at the same time.


To qualify for the tax exemption, the cycles and cyclists safety equipment loaned by the employer under the scheme must be available to employees generally and not confined to, nor offered to any particular category on more favourable terms. Accordingly, in EA, the scheme will be open to all employees both teaching and non-teaching on monthly payroll and those paid on a term time basis or who are in receipt of a retainer fee during July and August provided the applicant:-  

  • is an employee of EA over the age of 18 years or if 17 years of age provided an adult is willing to act as guarantor;
  • has satisfactorily completed their probationary period;
  • has at least 14 months remaining on their current contract of employment from the date the hire agreement starts, and
  • has a salary that after participation in the scheme does not fall below the national minimum wage.

Steps prior to Registration

  • Read the EA Policy and Procedure on the Cycle to Work Scheme    
  • Read the EA Cycle2work Scheme FAQs
  • Visit either a Halfords store, in person or online, or one of the other 30 local suppliers involved in the Scheme, along with special order cycles from online retailers that work with Halfords, to select the equipment required and determine how much you want to spend. A full list of suppliers is available on the link below.


  • Visit and click the “employee sign up now” button.
  • Enter personal details and employer code – EA10C2W (retainer fee / term time) or EA12C2W (all year round)
  • Select a unique username and password as log in details (username must be in an e-mail format)
  • Enter an email address you can access.  A validation email will be sent to this address.
  • Click the validation link within the email and complete the online form (address, payroll number (payslip), post location (payslip), NI Number and the amount you wish to spend will be required).

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Childcare Vouchers

The EA childcare voucher scheme closed to new entrants on 4 October 2018. If you were in the EA scheme before this date and have a query regarding the operation of the scheme or need to make a change to your details please contact HR services.

Tax-Free Childcare

If you're a working parent or self-employed with children under 12 (under 17 for children with disabilities), you may be eligible to get Tax-Free Childcare support and to open an online account to pay for approved childcare. The government tops-up the money you pay into the childcare account. You can only get help paying the childcare provider if they’re already in the Tax-Free childcare scheme.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): Inspire Workplaces

Inspire Workplaces provides a confidential and independent counselling support service for all staff that is available at any time (Freephone: 0808 800 0002) EA recognises that from time to time staff may require support in resolving personal or other issues which may impact on their working life and strongly recommend this support service to anyone experiencing difficulty.

EA employees enjoy an excellent overall employment package which includes attractive terms and conditions, an occupational pension scheme, opportunities for flexible working, family friendly policies, career development opportunities and support for health and wellbeing.

Contact details

Contact People Services team - Telephone: 028 9041 8006

Last updated: 24/02/2020