Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Social Housing Provider
  • Year established:
    2002
  • Website:
    http://www.fcho.co.uk
  • Contact
    • First Place, 22 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1BE

About First Choice Homes Oldham

First Choice Homes Oldham are a trusted provider of quality accommodation, which looks to create thriving and independent communities through a number of key services.

Since becoming the largest social landlord in Oldham in 2011, the organisation looks to improve the lives of people across the town. Its values of “We listen, we act, we keep it simple, we own, we learn, we care” are embodied throughout the organisation, and staff passionately look to live by this statement.

As an employer, First Choice Homes Oldham embeds its values from the very beginning of its relationship with colleagues, and regularly asks candidates to outline which of its values they can relate to the most.

Chief Executive Cath Green understands the importance of engaging with colleagues to show they are valued. She enjoys opportunities to meet with staff on a daily basis, and regularly eats in the cafe area while keeping up to date with their activity through social media.


What is it like to work for First Choice Homes Oldham

My Team
My Team
All employees are encouraged to adopt a one-team approach. With the introduction of Skype, colleagues can communicate with each other through instant messaging, online meetings and calls. All staff are invited to work flexibly, with hot-desking and remote working welcomed throughout the organisation.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Every year, First Choice Homes Oldham run a Give and Gain Day, where colleagues volunteer around the community, taking part in a variety of different activities to benefit customers. In the past, this has included teaching music in a primary school.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
The organisation operates a Live Happy scheme, which celebrates the hard work of staff through colleague-to-colleague recognition, providing the latest in-house news and employee discounts. Rewards range from high street discounts to its Medicash health scheme, helping to improve work-life balance and financial wellbeing.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here

Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    14%

  • UK sites:

    3

  • Staff:

    390

  • Average Age:

    42

  • Male : Female:

    55% / 45%

  • Staff Turnover:

    8%

Regional Engagement

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