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What we believe

At National Grid we encourage everyone to respect others and value their diversity. To take ownership for driving performance. And to always be open and act with integrity in all relationships. Living these values makes sure we work as one team, one National Grid. Especially as collaboration is the norm.

It's vital that everyone contributes. After all, energy is essential to every community, the challenges never let up and the pace can be intense. On top of all that, we're determined to cement our reputation as a responsible, sustainable business and an industry leader. So we look for innovation and we expect high performance.

In return, we enhance the skills and capabilities of our people in a host of innovative ways. We help them excel in everything from health and safety to inclusion and diversity, from tackling climate change to delivering customer service. And we're big on recognition, rewarding those whose performance sets the standard we all strive for. At the same time, we know a healthy balance between work and life outside it benefits us all.

The result is an organisation full of people who respect, value and support each other while always challenging themselves to achieve more. People who are equipped to make the most of all the career opportunities we offer. Our diverse teams are packed with experience and expertise, and are proud to have safety as their number one priority.

Power Systems Engineer

"National Grid supports the community in many different ways, so there's always something you can get involved with, like getting young people into the industry."

Vida Odoi

Power Systems Engineer

Power Systems Engineer
Power Systems Engineer

"What I'm doing at National Grid is exciting; it's a great place to work. I'm doing something that is actually helping Britain."

Stuart Cameron

Power Systems Engineer

Power Systems Engineer
Investment Delivery Engineer

"The energy industry is changing a lot and everybody keeps saying that there hasn't been a better time to be in the industry."

Pooja Rughoo

Investment Delivery Engineer

Investment Delivery Engineer
Intranet and Multimedia Editor

"The Foundations of Leadership Programme I attended recently was tailored around my needs and set me up with a performance plan aligned to the areas I need to work on."

John Cooper

Intranet and Multimedia Editor

Intranet and Multimedia Editor

supporting you

employee groups at National Grid

We want to build long-term relationships with our people. And we want them to get to know each other and have fun. So we’ve set up a number of groups that offer support, information, opportunity and more.


Our employee resource group for all new recruits, NewNet encourages you to meet other new joiners, build your network and find out about other areas of the business.

Work & Life Matters

Through awareness-raising, a network of buddies, and sharing information and best practice, this group helps you balance your responsibilities at work and home. 


Our disability resource group informs, guides and supports employees who may have, care for or come into contact with people with a disability or impairment. 

ONE diverse community

ONE promotes fair opportunities for everyone and builds awareness of ethnic minorities and cultural diversity across National Grid. 


Pride supports our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues. It promotes an inclusive environment where employees can be open without concern or fear. 

Women in National Grid (WiNG)

Women in National Grid (WiNG) supports and promotes gender diversity across National Grid. Employees, both male and female, share experiences and explore how women develop and progress in the workplace.

Faith @ Work

This group educates us about the variety of different faiths at National Grid. Our employees have a variety of cultural, religious and community influences which we accommodate as much as possible.

Smart WorkSpace projects

Emphasising the flexible use of space, collaboration and modern technology, these projects help us work more effectively while reducing the impact of offices and buildings on the environment.

CarShare Scheme

Our CarShare Scheme helps reduce the number of cars on the road, cuts pollution, saves on fuel costs, reduces wear and tear on your car and lowers your carbon footprint. What's not to like?

Clubs and social events

From sailing and table tennis to fantastic deals on anything from concerts, wine tasting in France and visits to the Christmas Markets in Prague, you're sure to find something that will appeal.

rewards and benefits



Work full-time and you’ll get 25 paid holidays a year on top of eight public/bank holidays. Your entitlement is pro-rated during your first year with us.

Family life

Family life

Balance your work and family commitments with benefits that include maternity leave of up to 52 weeks, paternity leave of two weeks and adoption leave of up to 52 weeks. If you're pregnant, you'll also get paid time off to attend ante-natal care. We supplement this generous leave with a range of options for returning to work.



You'll be eligible to join our YouPlan workplace savings and pension scheme. We 'double-match' your contributions up to 6% of your limit. And you can choose where your contributions are invested from a wide range of available options set by the Trustees.

Share schemes

Share schemes

Enjoy the chance to become a National Grid shareholder through our share schemes - Sharesave and Share Incentive Plan (SIP).

Give as You Earn (GAYE)

Give as You Earn (GAYE)

GAYE is a payroll deduction scheme that allows you to support charitable organisations from pre-tax earnings. You can choose to donate directly or via a charity account. We pay the admin charges on the charity accounts you set up, so 100% of your donations go to the charities you nominate.

Matched giving

Matched giving

Our matched giving scheme supports your charity fundraising efforts by matching up to £400 of the funds you raise in each financial year.

Educational incentives

Educational incentives

Further improve your professional standards with our support for course attendance, course fees, books, examination fees, study leave, examination leave and professional membership fees.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

This confidential service offers you free professional information, help and support.

Personal Accident Insurance

Personal Accident Insurance

Our Personal Accident Insurance Scheme covers all employees. If a serious accident results in death, the maximum benefit is five times pensionable pay (or a proportion of this for serious accidental bodily injury).

Flexible benefits

Flexible benefits

Our flexible benefits programme gives you loads of options when it comes to choosing your health, lifestyle and protection benefits. You can select the level of cover that suits your needs and those of your family, and you can change some of the benefits as your circumstances and needs change. 

Our Awards

responsible business award

The Responsible Business of the Year title is the most prestigious accolade given each year and celebrates the biggest achievement from a single organisation making efforts to integrate responsible practice throughout its business. We have been recognised for our commitment to creating sustainable energy solutions for the future whilst supporting the need for economic prosperity now.

The judging panel commended us on our long term vision based on trust and connectivity saying “They demonstrate real foresight in using technology and innovation to develop solutions that protect their employees, their customers and wider society.”



inclusion and diversity

We’re committed to creating an inclusive and diverse culture. Since the inception of the Inclusion & Diversity team at National Grid in 2005 we have been working with many best-practice associations to understand our organisational challenges and how we can continue to improve. We regularly take part in benchmarking activities, and where we feel proud of our achievements we enter respective awards. A few of our recent successes include achieving Gold status in both the Race For Opportunity and Opportunity Now benchmarking 2013, making The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2014 (retaining this accolade since first entering in 2006) and becoming a finalist for the Best for All Stages of Fatherhood award at Working Families.

learning and development

We know it's crucial to invest in learning and development. That's why we're passionate about building and honing expertise. After all, the more we develop our skills and potential, the brighter the future is for everyone. So we all have a personal development plan. And we're all encouraged to drive our personal and professional growth though on-the-job experience, learning from others and formal programmes.

Our one-stop shop for learning and development is the our Academy. From three centres – Eakring, Hitchin and Hollinwood – the team creates and delivers learning and development initiatives that meet current and future needs. These initiatives encompass everything from technical learning to the development of leadership and personal effectiveness skills. And they include priority areas like customer focus and contract, project and stakeholder management.

The excellence of our training has been recognised by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service who awarded it Beacon status. And Ofsted's inspection in 2010 saw our Advanced Apprenticeship Programme retain a grade 1 rating - the highest possible. The programme's retention rate has been over 90% since 2004.

supporting others

our work in the community

We do more than provide energy. We touch lives. We play an important role in the communities we serve by getting involved in a range of national and local community projects. Through our employee volunteering programme, you can make a difference to the people in your area and learn all kinds of new skills. That's got to be good for everyone.

Education and skills

Our business is science and engineering based, so we’ll encourage you to volunteer in relevant local science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects, especially in local schools. By firing young people’s interest in STEM subjects, we aim to tackle the skills gap in this area and create a talented group of potential employees.

Energy and environment

Protecting the environment is integral to our business. You can take part in conservation-based team building at one of our environmental education centres or with one of our environmental organisation partners. You can also volunteer to work with local schools supporting energy efficiency projects.

Community investment

You might build a playground or help a child to read. Or you could support our official partnership with Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB), which provides sports training and competition to people with learning disabilities. Whether you're a qualified football coach, keen fundraiser or hobby photographer, there'll be something for you.

links to education

At National Grid we're passionate about inspiring the scientists and engineers of the future. We know employers have a lot of work to do to educate schoolchildren on what a career in engineering can look like.

Careers Lab

In 2013 we launched Careers Lab to bridge the gap between schools and the world of work. We're getting more employees from businesses of all sizes into classrooms to deliver inspiring careers lessons side by side with teachers. It's helping the next generation think more widely about their future working life.

Engineering our Future

Our 'Engineering our Future' report revealed that young people often struggle to visualise what professional engineers do – and teachers often struggle to explain. So we've bolstered our employee volunteering in schools through 'Imagineering' and 'School Power' – far-sighted initiatives that enrich the teaching of energy, forces and materials.

Think Power

National Grid is a partner on the ‘National Skills Academy for Power’ (NSAP). Critical to the training and development needs of the power sector, the NSAP will increase the attractiveness and importance of the sector, deliver a sustainable pipeline of talent and help build a world-class workforce with better skills than ever.