Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Housing Association
  • Year established:
    2002
  • Website:
    http://www.hpcha.org.uk/
  • UK locations:
    South East
  • Contact
    • Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association , Hightown House, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4XH

About Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association

Dedicated to caring for the community, Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association still has plenty of love left over for its employees.

Jobs are good for personal growth, say staff, who give the firm a 71% positive score for this question. They are happy with the balance between their work and home life (69%) and the pay and benefits they receive (60%), feel managers are supportive (74%), and believe that the company's good deeds are not driven by a desire for the publicity (57%).

Operating in Hertfordshire and east Buckinghamshire, Hightown's 547 employees provide a range of housing services for people who cannot afford to buy or rent.

Managers are flexible when it comes to office rotas and are happy to help colleagues spend time with their families or meet personal commitments. Survey results show Hightown Praetorian staff do not feel they are spending too much time at work (64%) and that the job doesn't interfere with responsibilities at home (71%). As a result, their health is not suffering (76%).

Employees say their manager cares about them as individuals and regularly expresses his or her appreciation for a job well done (both 74% positive), and they believe that managers talk openly and honestly with staff members (76%).

Project workers earn on average just over £18,000 a year and salaries are linked to performance. Childcare vouchers are available, as is an employee assistance programme, and the organisation pays a generous 12.3% of salary into a contributory pension scheme.

Staff feel they receive fair pay for their responsibilities (59%). They are happy with their pay and benefits (60%) and say the remuneration is reasonable compared with people in equivalent roles in similar organisations (63%).

Auctions, fashion shows, boot sales and concerts are staged by Hightown staff to raise money for charity. They even undertook a sleep-out, with colleagues and the public overnighting in a cathedral for one evening to raise money for the homeless. Profit and budgetary concerns are not the only things driving this organisation, say staff (a 65% positive score), and they believe that the association makes a positive difference to the world (73%).

Promotion from within the ranks is encouraged and employee retention is high, with close to 50% of staff having worked for Hightown for three years or more.

Employees find their work stimulating (70%), say that experience gained in the job will be valuable for their future and are proud to work for the organisation (both 74%).


What is it like to work for Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Employee development is fully supported and the Association has become an accredited City and Guilds Centre and has a dedicated Learning and Development Team to ensure that qualifications are offered for most roles within the association. It is also an approved centre for the Institute of Leadership and Management, offering a variety of levels of management qualifications for staff wanting to go into management or improve their management skills.

Wellbeing
Wellbeing
The Association held an annual staff conference with the heading Health and Wellbeing. The day offered employees the opportunity to participate in health checks, Pilates, physiotherapy, healthy cookery demonstrations, podiatrist, hands free massage, health checks by a nurse, relaxation sessions, laughter and dance workshops, talks on how to manage stress and eating healthily. All the refreshments offered during the day from breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea were healthy options to encourage staff to eat healthy. This conference has encouraged staff to start attending Pilates and yoga classes that are offered at the central office and some staff are now taking part in a moon walk to raise money for charity as well as trying a weight loss programme while training. The association has encouraged a local physiotherapist to attend two evening sessions a week for staff.

Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
The organisation is a charitable housing association providing a wide range of housing and support services for the families and single people including those with special needs. They are a well-established provider of support to people with complex needs, both in the community and living in their own supported housing schemes, supporting people with learning difficulties, mental health issues, young people, women and the homeless. Their aim is to provide appropriate support to each person living in their own home to enable them to develop independent living skills, be involved in decisions regarding their life and participate in their local community. They also run charity shops.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym
    Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Pensions
    Pensions

Company Statistics

  • Staff Turnover:

    16%

  • Male : Female:

    30% / 70%

  • Staff:

    423

  • Average Age:

    44

  • UK sites:

    53

  • Earning £35,000+:

    6%

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