Working at Western University

It takes a lot of great people to make a university great.  During the busiest times in the academic year, more than 12,000 people work at Western, including approximately 1408 full-time faculty members and 2461 full-time staff members. We are proud to have been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for three years in a row – 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Because we are like a small city, with a population of well over 40,000, Western offers a broad and exciting variety of employment opportunities.  We employ groundskeepers and research assistants, IT specialists and cooks, accountants, administrative assistants, police officers, engineers, human resource specialists, caretakers, communication officers, and many more. At Western, our people are important! Each individual who works here contributes to Western’s success.

Have you got what it takes?

What does it take to work at Western?  We value integrity, innovation and leadership.  We often hire those with many years of experience in their profession or chosen field, but we also have some opportunities for those who are just getting started.  Many jobs at Western are considered “regular, full-time” but we also offer temporary contract positions that are a great opportunity to explore what working at Western is all about.  We also employ thousands in part-time roles.  Many of those part-time jobs are filled by Western students.

You may want to read about some of our top staff members who have been recognized for their excellence.  Visit our Award of Excellence site.

Room to grow

Western offers an enriching and supportive work environment. The wide spectrum of jobs at Western means there are many opportunities for job growth and exploration.  Many of those who work full-time at Western are entitled to educational assistance to help them complete a degree or pursue a new skill that enhance career opportunities and enrich their lives.

An excellent compensation and benefits package

Those who choose to work at Western will find competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and of course, a chance to contribute and be a part of a university that is making its mark in the world.

Depending on the employee group you belong to, benefits for full-time employees may include:

  • A comprehensive Extended Health & and Dental Plan
  • A generous pension plan where each employee chooses how to invest their funds
  • Life and accident insurance for you and your family
  • Out-of-country travel insurance
  • A computer purchase plan
  • A discount on membership to the Western Student Recreation Centre
  • Pregnancy and parental leave, including a top-up to Employment Insurance benefits
  • A generous educational assistance plan for staff members to help cover costs of courses
  • Dependents’ Tuition Scholarship Plan – to help pay Western tuition for your children
  • An allowance to pay for professional expenses such as conferences, software etc.
  • A health care spending account to offset additional health care costs

Western is Commited to Employment Equity

Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  Western is committed to ensuring that each individual will have genuine, open and unhindered access to employment opportunities.  

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Learn more about diversity in the workplace from Western’s Equity & Human Rights website.