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It is recognised at Rothamsted that happy and healthy employees are important for success. There is recognition that a good work life balance is important, whether this is to pursue outside interests or to support employees caring responsibilities. A number of benefits help to promote a work-life balance and many go beyond statutory requirements. They include the right to request flexible working, maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, adoption leave, other parental leave, special leave, career breaks and secondments. In addition, for all staff there are generous paid holiday allowances and the ability to purchase up to one weeks additional annual leave for RRes employees


Alongside the operation of family-friendly arrangements and equal opportunities in the workplace, Rothamsted Research have a policy that will make it easier for those with family commitments to participate fully in day-to-day business activities.

Every effort is made by those organising official institute meetings to ensure that these are accommodated within the core time periods of 09.30 to 16.00. This allows staff to accommodate more easily their responsibilities for family care arrangements alongside essential components of the professional working day.


We are curerntly reviewing the childcare support arrangements for both our sites.

RRes certainly provides a laid-back, open and accepting environment in which to work (more so than other places I’ve been at…)


Rothamsted provide generous family leave which includes maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. After the qualifying period, leave for adoption and maternity leave is paid in full for the first 18 weeks with a further 21 weeks at Statutory rate. Paternity leave is paid in full for two weeks after the qualifying period. There is also the option to apply for career breaks, secondments/sabbaticals and special leave on a case by case basis.