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5 Generous Companies That Offer Sabbaticals

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A sabbatical is a period of leave from work that extends beyond regular holiday and sick days. It is a perk that more and more companies are embracing—though research shows as of 2017, only 17 percent of companies offered sabbaticals as part of their benefits package. That said, research also shows there are many benefits to taking sabbaticals, including stress reduction and increases in productivity. So, if you’d like to take extended leave, here are five companies you might want to work for—and bonus, they’re all hiring! Get your CV ready and read up before you apply. 


Sabbatical Details: According to Deloitte’s website, “Deloitte offers two sabbatical programs to eligible professionals: an unpaid one-month sabbatical that can be taken for any reason; and a three- to six-month sabbatical that can be taken to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities in the areas of career development or volunteerism. While on a three- to six-month sabbatical, professionals continue to receive 40 percent of their pre-sabbatical base salary.” 

Where Hiring: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, London, Saint Albans, and more

What Employees Say: “Employee focused, supportive environment with good benefits.” — Current Air Traffic Control Specialist

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Sabbatical Details: Arm boasts a bevy of holiday benefits. “We offer generous holiday/leave allowances, lots of leave for new parents, a paid sabbatical every four years and more,” its site says. “We actively encourage our people to take time out—it is good for you and good for Arm.”

Where Hiring: Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield, and more

What Employees Say: “Compensation package is excellent and has a paid 4-week sabbatical! Friendly and clever people to work with across the globe – especially friendly in Manchester. Working on technology that is transforming the world whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Manchester office is in a great city centre and is a world-class environment to work in with a great vibe.” — Current Engineering Director

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Sabbatical Details: In addition to a generous holiday policy, “we offer four weeks of paid sabbatical for every five years of service, a unique benefit that few tech companies can match,” PayPal writes on its website. “We can’t wait to hear your sabbatical story!” 

Where Hiring: Richmond upon Thames

What Employees Say: “Great people and office culture, good benefits, powerful brand. Solid value proposition in some industries. Supportive environment.” — Current Sales Manager

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Sabbatical Details: According to McDonald’s website, “Eligible employees can take an eight-week paid sabbatical for every 10 years of full-time continuous service with the company. And “in the summer months, McDonald’s offices follow a compressed work week in order to end early on Fridays. All full-time staff employees are eligible for summer hours,” the website adds. 

Where Hiring: Catford, Dartford, Ilford, Leighton Buzzard, Lewisham, London, and more

What Employees Say: “It’s good money, great people, and excellent flexibility,” — Current Customer Care Employee

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General Mills

Sabbatical Details: As part of a comprehensive leave package, General Mills offers sabbaticals. In a recent press release, General Mills says its leave package includes “vacation, holidays, unpaid leaves, sabbaticals, and paid military leaves. This includes flexibility for salaried employees—like working from home while a pet recovers from surgery, helping get kids to those inconvenient middle-of-the-day appointments, or phasing back to work after a leave.” 

Where Hiring: Uxbridge

What Employees Say: “Nice offices, great people, great brands and fantastic European support. Really lovely people to work with. Lots of opportunity to learn on the job.” — Anonymous Employee

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