With over 300 offices in more than 100 countries, Willis Group’s global team of nearly 16,000 Employees and Associates serves clients in some 190 countries. Willis is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WSH). As we face the future, we have never been more passionate about our vision to become the best insurance brokerage company in the world. To help us get there, we launched a new brand promise that drives our every action: Willis will always challenge the status quo to create new and better ways to serve our clients' best interests. We are the change-agent that truly partners with clients to advance their performance and change the industry for their benefit. Willis never settles for second best or relies on the old ways of doing things. A new attitude deserves a new home. The Willis Building, our just-opened, high-tech, "green," state-of-the-art London headquarters located across the street from Lloyd's, is truly a monument to the Willis vision. And our Shaping our Future strategy is the foundation that will help us realize that vision. We have proved it time and again in the results we deliver-for our clients and for ourselves. Willis is a team sport. Our 16,000 proactive, energetic Willis Associates around the world are at the heart of our success in 2007 and the promise of what's to come. I thank them for their commitment and their passion for our clients and Willis. The Willis Graduate Program offers opportunities for graduates to join us in one of our global offices for the career of a lifetime. The Program is a 2 year curriculum that consists of on-the-job learning complimented by training courses that are offered via the Willis Academy. Our Program, which is expanding annually, currently recruits graduates in our US, UK, Australia, and China offices. In addition, UK based graduates will study for the Chartered Insurance Institute examinations leading to the ACII qualification.
At Willis, we're focused on recognizing hard work and the value of offering a flexible benefits and rewards program. The program's purpose is to attract, retain and reward the people responsible for the company's long-term growth and profitability. Learn more about Willis' comprehensive benefits programs.Chairman's Challenge and Charity Champion Awards Chairman's ChallengeTo recognize and reward outstanding individuals and teams who are helping us achieve our business goals and delivering outstanding service to clients, we have the Chairman's Challenge Awards - an exciting, global recognition and award program. The Chairman's Challenge seeks to reward truly outstanding Associates/teams who have significantly contributed to the Shaping our Future goals by excelling in one of the following areas:One Flag TeamworkOrganic GrowthClient RetentionService ExcellenceProcess ImprovementChairman's Challenge and Charity Champion AwardsCharity Champion AwardEvery year hundreds of Willis Associates around the world run marathons and climb mountains to raise money for charity or volunteer their spare time to build houses for underprivileged communities or teach disadvantaged children. To celebrate the selfless contributions of our wonderful Willis people we have the Charity Champions Awards. Willis UK Benefits - Planning For Your FutureStakeholder Pension Scheme - Willis operates a generous Stakeholder Pension Scheme to enable you to save for you retirement in a tax efficient manner. You can join the scheme as soon as you become an Associate. Willis will automatically contribute on your behalf, paying at 6% of your pensionable salary into Scheme. You don't have to contribute yourself at all if you don't want to, but you are encouraged to do so and for each 1% of your pensionable salary that you contribute, Willis will pay another 1% into the Scheme, up to a maximum of an additional 4%, making a 10% Willis contribution in total.The Scheme is operated by Friends Provident and you will be able choose the funds that you wish to invest in from a range of over 50 different styles and managers. This includes funds managed by Friends Provident themselves, but also includes other managers such as Baillie Gifford and Black RockPensionable salary is based on basic salary less a deduction equal to the basic state pension of £4,539. Pensionable salary is capped at £112,800.Save As You Earn Scheme - Each year, you will have the opportunity to join the Save As You Earn Scheme. By making regular contributions deducted conveniently from payroll, you can purchase Willis shares in a tax efficient manner.Protecting Yourself And Your FamilyLife Assurance - Associates who join the Stakeholder Pension Scheme are automatically covered for life assurance at the rate of four times pensionable salary.Private Medical Insurance - All Associates are entitled to "Silver" level membership of the Willis Medical Plan immediately on joining and at no cost to themselves. The Plan reimburses costs of private medical coverage for a wide variety of treatments.You can further improve on the level of coverage by making additional contributions yourself, to purchase either Gold coverage, under which your family will also be eligible for cover, or by electing the "plus option" under which some of the annual limits on reimbursement are removed.Sick Leave Benefits. - Payment of sick leave benefits is discretionary during the first year of service. After that, if you are absent due to sickness you are entitled to 3 months pay at full salary followed by 9 months at 2/3 salary. This increases to 6 months pay at full salary followed by 6 months at 2/3 salary.Long-Term Disability Scheme - All Associates are covered by the Long Term Disability Scheme after one years service provided they are actively at work on their first anniversary of employment. There is no cost to Associates for Scheme membership. The Scheme will provide an income for you and your family in case you are prevented from working for long periods due to illness. The Scheme provides two thirds of salary as a replacement income after the first year of sickness. Paid Time OffAs well as all Bank Holidays, Willis Associates receive 23 days paid annual leave a year, rising quickly to 25 with service or seniority.Other BenefitsOther benefits that Associates are automatically entitled to include:- subsidised canteens in key locations- season ticket loans- enhanced maternity leave- access to a medical helpline We also provide the opportunity to take part in voluntary benefit schemes, including: - childcare voucher schemes- legal expenses insurance scheme. Workforce Diversity Shapes Our FutureWe are committed to honoring the individuality, merit, and dignity of all Willis Associates. We embrace our responsibility for equal opportunity in employment, development, and advancement. By attracting a diverse workforce we create an environment where differences are respected and valued. In turn, this creates inclusion, inspiration, and innovation. Willis is rich in culture and backgrounds from our global workforce to our clients and suppliers.As well as promoting a diverse culture within Willis we also are recognized as one of America's best adoption-friendly workplaces. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption ranked Willis #60 in it's 2009 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. The rankings are based on the financial assistance and paid leave offered to Willis Associates who adopt. With approximately 20,000 Associates in 100 countries, Willis is a global leader in risk management and insurance broking. Our performance culture, passion for client service, and exceptionally talented people have delivered unrivalled client acquisition, margins, revenues and share price growth. We are ambitious and we will become the world’s greatest insurance broker.Our global culture and focus on adding value through enhanced customer service, results orientation, ethics and integrity, and competitive market orientation differentiate us from our competitors.Willis is a great place to work for those who like to achieve. Wherever you are in the world, you will find consistently high quality colleagues working together in an open, friendly and team oriented environment.In return for our Associates’ expertise and commitment, we provide an atmosphere that treats them with fairness and respect and that stretches their abilities and channels their talents. We also provide a positive work life balance; enable our people to understand how their roles impact business performance; and to work in roles that interest them.
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