Our people


Discover some of the ways in which we look after our staff and create a stimulating and healthy working environment.

We actively support the physical and emotional health of staff.

This is done through a number of key areas:

  • awards and recognition;
  • well-being and healthy living;
  • welfare
  • flexibility;
  • health and safety;
  • diversity and equality;

Awards and recognition

Over the last few years, our colleagues have been recognised in many ways for their expertise and their work:

  • Our CE Rob Varley, received the Institute of Directors Public/Third Sector Director of the Year award in 2012.
  • Three colleagues - Jim Sharp, Richard Graham and Peter Trevelyan - have received OBEs in recognition of their very different areas of work at the Met Office.
  • Our Chief Scientist, Julia Slingo was made a Dame in the 2014 New Year Honours and subsequently was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

There have been many other accolades including:

  • Overall winner of the Most Sustainable Public Sector Organisation in the 2014 Public Sector Sustainability Awards.
  • The European Met Society's Outreach and Communication Award for 2014 was awarded to the Met Office STEM Outreach Programme.
  • The Best use of Social Media in a Crisis at the UK Social Media Communications Awards and the Social Buzz Awards.
  • The Best use of Social Media in the Public Sector in the Computer Weekly Social Media Awards.
  • Our Service Transition Release Management Team won the Team of the Year award at the IT Service Management Forum conference in 2013.
  • Dr Nick Dunstone was awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist Award for Climate Sciences by the European Geophysical Union in 2013.
  • In 2013, we won the Best Public Sector Mobile Strategy at the Marketing on Mobile Awards and named No.1 most visited Government website by Experian Hitwise at the top 10 website awards.

Well-being and healthy living

We have a sports and social club at our head office as well as and a health club with a wide range of fitness equipment, activities and classes. Furthermore we offer a wide range of pool bikes for fitness and healthy eating choices in the staff restaurant. We also run a Cyclescheme and car share scheme to encourage environmentally friendly travel.


We have established an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) who offer a 24/7 professional counselling service to our staff members in times of need. We also have a dignity and respect at work team who can office confidential support.


The Met Office affords all members of staff the opportunity of flexibility within their role. For example, we can offer flexible working hours (subject to internal manager agreement). This includes selective home working options and compressed or staggered hours. Furthermore we offer a salary sacrifice option such as Childcare vouchers can be used to pay any Ofsted (or equivalent) registered carer, including nurseries, childminders, nannies, play schemes etc.

Health and Safety

We are committed to the provision of a safe and healthy working environment. This includes a range of Health and Safety policies and procedures and training for all.

Diversity and Equality

We value the visible and non-visible individual differences that people bring. See our Diversity and equality page for more information. Every year we carry out an Employee Attitude Survey (EAS) that forms part of the Civil Service People Survey which allows comparison between different organisations. This year 82% of staff responded. Read the full results of the EAS 2014 Employee Attitude Survey 2014 (PDF, 512 kB) . To find out more about the Civil Service People' Survey and view results for the service as a whole, please visit the Civil Service website

Last updated: 14 September 2015