For prospective staff

Human Resources

University of Essex


We are committed to providing an excellent working environment for all members of the University. There are a number of policies, services and terms and conditions of employment which are designed to help maintain and support your general well-being and assist work life balance. These include:

  • competitive salaries which take into account market rates, individual experience, qualifications and contribution
  • a generous holiday entitlement of 23 days (for Grades 1-6) or 28 days (for Grades 7-11), pro rata for part-time staff (plus a further 8 bank holidays and an extra 3 days when closed during the Christmas vacation)
  • membership to an occupational pension scheme, either USS (Grades 7-11) or SAUL (Grades 1-6)
  • a generous removal and relocation scheme for eligible staff
  • a purpose-built nursery set in the peaceful surroundings of Wivenhoe Park at Colchester offering outstanding day care to children from three months to five years
  • concessionary course fees
  • University staff can take advantage of the Government's tax initiative 'Cycle to Work' scheme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle to work; and
  • interest-free season ticket loans and a range of other optional salary exchange tax benefits

Commitment to equality and diversity

The University has a strong commitment to diversity and this means actively helping staff to combine work and home life effectively. The University recognises the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between work and other aspects of life and offers a comprehensive work life balance policy (.pdf) including a career break scheme.

We are proud to have a number of Equality and Diversity staff networks including:

Professional development

We are committed to ensuring that everyone is encouraged to maximise their potential and provided with many opportunities for training and development. Employees based at any of our locations can participate in the courses.