Our Culture & Benefits

Our most important asset is our people.

We take a friendly, positive and pro-active approach and our exceptionally talented individuals work hard to support clients and colleagues alike. As part of the Wake Smith family, you will have access to a generous range of benefits.

Our Culture:

  • Friendly and personal with a family feel balanced with professional, high quality commercial advice
  • Good social scene with various internal and external events throughout the year (lunches, quizzes, summer party, Christmas lunch club and ad hoc events)
  • Forward thinking and committed to introducing new technologies and streamlining processes – staff play a big part in this.
  • Encouragement of attending events for business networking and to build relationships
  • Partnerships and Charity support – one local charity is chosen per year to support, plus links to local partnerships 
  • Green credentials to reduce our environmental impact and conduct our business in a responsible manner

Our Employee Benefits:

  • Committed to work life balance including remote and flexible working opportunities including a policy to work up to 40% of hours from home (accommodated where possible)
  • Casual dress - we take a  'dress for your day' approach
  • Bonuses linked to service with rewards for 10, 15, 25, 30, 40 and 50 years at the firm
  • Discounted legal fees
  • Pension contributions at 4% and increasing at three years to 6% contribution level
  • Death in service benefit at 4 x salary
  • Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential advice and support via a 24hr Freephone helpline and face-to-face counselling sessions
  • Enhanced holiday entitlements which increase after 5 years’ service and at least one additional closure day for Christmas. We also offer the option to buy up to 3 additional holidays per year as part of a holiday purchase scheme
  • Various family friendly policies including enhanced maternity leave benefit
  • Company sick pay
  • Various well-being initiatives
  • Discounted gym membership at Anytime Fitness and a raft of other incentives including NCP parking, theatre tickets (Sheffield Theatres) and financial planning (Shorts).
  • Modern, spacious, centrally located office in Sheffield
  • We like a cuppa; access to free tea & coffee

Our core values  underpin all our interactions and our recruitment processes aim to find the right candidates for the right roles.

Wake Smith is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

For an overview and snapshot of our staff composition, please feel free to access our diversity report summary (last updated 2023) by clicking here.

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