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Sabbatical FAQs

Sabbatical Basics FAQs

What is a sabbatical leave from work?

A sabbatical is a period of paid or unpaid time off of work that offers you the chance to return to your job role or a close equivalent at the end of it. Whilst your benefits are normally frozen during this time (pay, pension payments, share earnings), usually you continue to accrue pro-rata related benefits.

How long is a sabbatical?

A normal time-period for a sabbatical is between three and twelve months, however this will depend on the company your work for and how much time off you can afford to take.

Do you get paid during a sabbatical?

Generally, no, however there are some exception, most commonly in academia.

What does sabbatical mean?

The word sabbatical has its origins in the word sabbath, meaning a day of rest. In both Judaism and Christianity, one day a week is set aside as the sabbath day, a day of rest and worship.

The word has evolved to become a general term, used for either paid or unpaid leave given as a benefit to employees by their company.

What's the difference between a sabbatical and a career break?

Sabbatical and career break are often words that are used interchangeably, however, due to the lack of specifics in UK law, they are used in different ways in different companies.

A sabbatical is a period of paid or unpaid time off that offers you the chance to return to your job role or a close equivalent at the end of it. A career break however, is exactly what the name suggest – a ‘break’ in your career. The reality of this situation is that it is not alot different to resigning your position. 

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