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The Benefits of Working at the University of Waikato

In addition to a great working environment, the University of Waikato offers a range of benefits to its staff members, which include:

  • Part-time staff have proportionately the same entitlements as full-time staff, calculated on the basis of the number of hours they work.
  • Many staff receive paid sick leave on an 'as and when required' basis; the remainder have generous entitlements in excess of legal requirements.
  • Staff receive a minimum of four weeks annual leave per year, plus 11 statutory holidays and up to five special University holidays.
  • Eligible academic staff may apply for generous study leave provisions (eight weeks of paid leave for each year of service plus allowances).
  • Subject to meeting certain conditions, staff taking parental leave are eligible for at least six weeks paid leave (in addition to the statutory paid leave provided by government) or a gratuity on their return to work.
  • Subject to the requirements of a particular position, the University is willing to consider flexible working arrangements on a case by case basis; proposals may include hours worked, period of year worked, partial or occasional working from home.
  • Staff may join the UniSaver Superannuation Scheme, with employer contributions, immediately upon commencement.
  • Discounted medical insurance schemes are available to University staff.
  • Free counselling is available for staff experiencing personal problems through an off-campus confidential Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Privately run crèche and kohanga reo facilities are situated on the Hamilton campus.
  • The University provides a smoke-free study and work environment.
  • Discounted membership of the Hamilton on-campus Sport and Recreation Centre is available to staff.
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