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Benefits of working here

We are one of the top employers in the North West. And with more than 10,000 staff and nearly 40,000 students, the University is more like a community than a workplace.

We have a diverse range of jobs which include finance and accountancy, human resources, clerical, secretarial, management, technicians, engineers, chefs, surveyors, porters, postal workers, marketing and communications and the list goes on...

We offer a top benefits package, including many features that are hard to find in the private sector:

  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Christmas/New Year closure
  • Defined benefits pension scheme
  • Season ticket loans for public transport
  • Reduced rate University car parks
  • Staff discounts on a range of services, from buying books to car hire
  • On-campus nurseries
  • Tax relief on your childcare

If that's not enough, here are few more reasons why you should consider us as your next employer:

Career development

As an employer with education as part of our core business, we care deeply about career and personal development.

This starts with a structured induction programme to make you feel welcome and part of the team. An annual performance and development review helps identify your career aspirations and structure your individual development plan.

We have our own in-house Staff Training and Development Unit, which provides an extensive programme of courses designed for all career stages, and we also offer mentoring opportunities to support your career development.

Employee well-being

We take the well-being of our staff very seriously, with over 80 health and fitness classes taking place every week.

On-site facilities include the Manchester Aquatics Centre and two sports centres. We also have a Well-being Room where you can relax and unwind with activities such as Tai Chi or Food and Mood sessions. Exercise classes held around the campus include Thai Bo and belly-dancing.

We provide occupational health and counselling services to support staff through times of difficulty. We also have a dedicated disability adviser for staff.

We cater for spiritual needs with on-campus prayer facilities including Islamic prayer rooms and a chaplaincy.

Work-life balance

For staff with family/caring responsibilities, we have a whole package of family-friendly policies which provide for flexible working, additional paid maternity and paternity leave, and leave for family emergencies.

As our award-winning maternity leave package goes to show, we strive to provide the best possible provisions in these areas, rather than simply meeting the statutory minimum.

Equality and diversity

The University is a very diverse community with 11% of our staff from a black and minority ethnic background, women making up 49% of our workforce and students coming here from 154 countries.

We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and our students. We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve. This extends to the opportunity to join one of ten staff networks, including the Disabled Staff Network, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Network, the Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network, the International Staff Network and a number of religion- and belief-based networks.


We are investing over £1 billion in improving campus, creating new teaching and research facilities and a public realm with more green areas for everyone to enjoy.

Above all we want to create a pleasant working environment, and this even extends to catering facilities which promote FairTrade and organic products.

But we are also very much part of the fabric of the city of Manchester, so you'll never be far from whatever facilities you need, whether it's a bank or a spot of retail therapy.

Culture and learning for everyone

How many other employers can boast their own on-site library, museum or art gallery – and the famous radio telescope at Jodrell Bank?

There is a varied programme of events, including special exhibitions and free lunchtime concerts at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Arts.

And for those who prefer their music a little more modern, the Manchester Academy attracts all the latest bands to the campus.

There are prestigious lectures which are open to all staff to attend on a wide variety of subjects. You will also have free access to one of the largest library collections in the UK, including the historic John Rylands Library.