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Work-life balance

Work-life balance

At King's we aim to provide a supportive working environment and offer a range of benefits to help you achieve a balance between your personal and professional lives. For example:

Researchers and professional services staff are contracted to work 35 hours per week. The hours for academic staff are unfixed, although standard working hours for full-time academic staff are an indicative 35 hours per week.

All non-clinical staff receive 27 days' annual leave, plus bank and public holidays, and four concessionary days, usually during the Christmas period. Eligible academics will be able to apply for academic study and research leave for short or extended periods of time to pursue activities directly related to the further development of research activity or to contribute to the high quality of teaching.

For eligible staff with caring and/or childcare responsibilities, the university provides a range of enhanced and statutory leave arrangements under its suite of family-friendly policies, including maternity, paternity, adoption, surrogacy, parental leave, and shared parental leave and career breaks.

Staff are also eligible to apply for places in the nurseries run by our NHS partners; Guy’s & St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. Additionally, we have identified external facilities, which are located close to our King’s campuses. The university operates a childcare voucher scheme. Advice on childcare can be obtained via the Employee Assistance Programme (internal link).

King's endeavours to respond to individual needs of members of staff, and offers different choices for flexible working including part time working, job sharing, working from home, career breaks, unpaid leave and flexible working hours.

Service Time is part of our commitment to support and enable colleagues to undertake community activity beyond the university. For the individual, the benefits include building relationships with the local community; learning new or building on existing skills; professional and personal development, and improving morale and physical and mental health.

King's offers support to staff who are disabled. Staff are encouraged to let the university know of any specific needs that they may have, so that appropriate support or adjustments can be provided from the start.

Prayer rooms are available across the university campuses and the university's  Chaplaincy Team and the Dean's Office are available to people of all faiths and beliefs and will see any member of university (student and staff) on any matter in complete confidence.


Further details of our work-life balance benefits are outlined as below. Existing staff should visit the internal pages for comprehensive information on all benefits.

Holiday

The annual leave entitlement is 27 days per year plus bank and public holidays granted in accordance with relevant statutes and legislation. In addition, staff will be provided with four concessionary days.

Academic Study and Research Leave

King's regards it as important to encourage academic staff to seek opportunities to refresh and develop their knowledge, skills and thinking in contributing to the advancement of their subject and the objects and interests of King's as a place of learning.

King's offers the opportunity for eligible staff to apply for leave of absence for approved academic purposes. Such academic study and research leave may be paid or unpaid, may be for short or extended periods of time, and may include secondments to other institutions.

Hours of Work
Academic staff

Hours for academic staff are unfixed. Standard working hours of duty for full-time academic staff are an indicative 35 hours per week, excluding meal breaks.

Professional services and research staff

Standard working hours of duty for full-time staff are 35 hours per week, excluding meal breaks. The university's standard working hours are 9am to 5pm. The university's standard working days are Monday to Friday. In cases where a staff member's regular work pattern includes work on Saturdays and Sundays, these days are considered standard working days for that staff member.

Family-friendly Policies
Adoption and Surrogacy Leave

King’s offers generous adoption and surrogacy leave and pay packages.

Adoption: eligible staff are entitled to 52 weeks’ adoption leave. For those eligible to receive occupational adoption pay, this leave comprises up to 18 weeks' leave at full pay, 21 weeks at the statutory rate set by the Government, and 13 weeks' unpaid leave.

Surrogacy: eligible staff are entitled to receive surrogacy leave and pay, in line with adoption or maternity, or paternity/partner’s leave and pay, as applicable.

Career Break

Eligible staff can apply for a career break by taking unpaid leave for a period of up to one year.

Childcare Voucher Scheme

King's provides a childcare voucher scheme that helps staff save money spent on childcare.

Dependants’ Leave

Eligible staff are entitled to take an immediate, limited, period of paid time off to deal with unexpected or sudden emergencies involving a dependant and/or to make necessary longer-term arrangements for this individual.

Flexible Working

King's believes that flexible working can increase staff motivation, provide work-life balance, reduce staff stress, and improve performance and productivity. Our flexible working policy endeavours to respond to individual needs of members of staff, wherever it is managerially and financially possible.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

King’s offers generous maternity and paternity/partner’s leave and pay packages.

Maternity leave: eligible staff are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. For those eligible to receive occupational maternity pay, this leave comprises up to 18 weeks’ leave at full pay, 21 weeks at the statutory rate set by the Government, and 13 weeks’ unpaid leave.

Paternity/partner’s leave: at King’s, this is paid to eligible staff of any gender identity at full pay for up to two weeks.

Parent Buddy Scheme

Our Parent Buddy Scheme enables staff to offer and receive mutual support and advice and share tips about managing childcare issues and workloads. The scheme is open to staff of any gender identity before, during and after maternity, paternity/partner’s, adoption, surrogacy leave and shared parental leave.

Parental Leave

Eligible staff are able to apply for unpaid parental leave to care for their children, and are entitled to take up to 18 weeks of parental leave (a maximum of four weeks in a year for each child) up to the child’s 18th birthday.

Shared Parental Leave

King’s provides a generous shared parental leave and pay package, regardless of whether the employee taking the leave is the mother, main adopter or partner.

Eligible mothers/main adopters are entitled to share up to a maximum of 50 weeks’ shared parental leave with their partner, of any gender identity, to care for their child during the first year following the child’s birth or adoption. For those King’s employees eligible to receive occupational shared parental pay, this leave comprises up to 16 weeks’ leave at full pay, 21 weeks at the statutory rate set by the Government, and 13 weeks’ unpaid leave.  

Where both parents are King’s employees and are eligible to receive occupational shared parental pay, we have taken the positive decision to provide up to 16 weeks’ leave at full pay for ­both parents, and for the sharing of up to 5 weeks at the statutory rate set by the Government and 13 weeks’ unpaid leave.

Support for Parents and Carers

In addition to the benefits above, we provide a wide range of additional information and support for staff that are parents or carers, and their managers.

Service Time

‘Service’ is the term we adopted at King’s in our Strategic Vision 2029 to describe our commitment to society beyond the traditional roles of education and research.

‘Service Time’ is part of our commitment to support and enable colleagues to undertake community activity beyond the university.

The benefits of Service Time for the university and external parties are set out in the Service Strategy: A framework for delivery 2018–23.

For the individual, the benefits include building relationships with the local community; learning new or building on existing skills; professional and personal development, and improving morale and physical and mental health.

Our Service Annual Report 2018–19 showcases great examples from the King’s community which bring these objectives to life.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme provides independent, free, confidential advice and guidance on a range of practical issues for staff on both home and work concerns, such as family matters, debt management, relationships, well-being, personal development, and life events.

This program also provides advice to managers with regards to their management role, for example, work-life balance, recognising and finding support for troubled staff, and discussing difficult subjects.

Disability support

If you have a disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, there is support available to you as a member of staff at King's. Our Human Resources People Partners (internal page) provide advice and can help. You are encouraged to let the university know about any specific needs that you may have, so that appropriate support or adjustments can be considered. All information will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

Chaplaincy Team

The Chaplaincy team is a pastoral resource for the whole King's community. Chaplains are available at each of our campuses to see any member of staff in complete confidence.

Prayer Rooms

King's provides staff of all faiths with access to facilities for prayer and quiet reflection throughout its campuses. More information is available in the Where to pray page.

 

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