Career breaks

A career break or sabbatical is a period of leave of (normally unpaid) absence from work of several months or even years, which does not break employees' continuity of employment.

Many employees take advantage of a career break to study, travel, carry out voluntary work or pursue their interests, among other things. Employers can also benefit from the experience and skills that employees gain while away.


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Many employees take career breaks for an extended holiday. Photo: Galyna Andrushko

Career breaks and sabbaticals: six points for employers to consider

25 Jun 2015

Career breaks can be a useful tool in employee retention. However, there are areas of uncertainty associated with their use,...

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Top Employers for Working Families 2010 Finalists Announced

20 Aug 2010

Forty-four outstanding UK organisations have been shortlisted across 9 categories in the 2010 Top Employers for Working Families Awards.The awards, organised...

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Workers take action to help employers survive recession

19 Nov 2009

More than half of UK workers have taken some form of action to help their employers survive the recession, according...

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EHRC parental leave plans divide equality campaigners

3 Apr 2009

Equality campaigners and leading business groups have delivered a lukewarm response to new parental leave proposals aimed at generating greater...

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How to handle sabbaticals and lay offs

9 Mar 2009

Sabbaticals and lay offs offer alternatives to redundancy. But they must be handled with a great deal of care.

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KPMG staff told to take sabbaticals to save jobs

20 Jan 2009

Staff at financial services firm KPMG have been urged to take sabbaticals on one-third of their pay to save their...

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Carers: Many of your best staff will have caring responsibilities

14 Aug 2008

Caring for a relative, partner or friend who becomes disabled, chronically ill or frail is not something that we plan...

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Getting away from it all

13 Jun 2007

With the summer ahead of us there is no better time for employers to refresh their attitudes to career break, sabbatical and secondment opportunities, says Mandy Laurie.

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Almost half UK staff will leave jobs within three years

24 Apr 2007

UK businesses face huge staff turnover problems as links between employees and employers break down, a report has revealed.The report,...

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Book review: 132 Seize the Days

3 Apr 2007

Author: Amelia ThomasPrice: £5Publisher: Lonely PlanetPages: 132ISBN: 9781741791440 Buy this book at Amazon Sprinkled with humour and ideas, this little...

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Career breaks or sabbaticals are key to retaining staff

13 Sep 2006

Nearly nine out of 10 people just back from their summer holiday would relish the prospect of taking a career...

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Work-life balance is the key to retaining staff

5 Jan 2005

Employees want flexible work arrangements nearly as much as good salaries

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