Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs, or laws in the United Kingdom.

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No overtime, should I join the company? [on hold]

I been offered a job and few things that concerns me while signing the contract, things like while i was in there, the pay was told 24k, but in contract it said 22k , moreover the contract ...
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I received a CV from an agency but received it direct from the person first - where do I stand?

I have received a CV from someone asking for employment and then received it from an agency about 1.5hrs later. I understand that the agency spoke to the individual and he then found our company and ...
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How can I convince my boss to turn on air conditioning? [duplicate]

I know this can be a sore topic... But I work in an office with very few men and the vast majority of women. There is a dress code for men, but none as such for women. The male dress code is: Long ...
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Feeling stuck after relocating. Considering changing “specs” [closed]

I got my Bsc in CS from Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest in 2014. I moved to London in February, this year. I have been struggling to get a job since. My experience with C++ consists of an year and in ...
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New employer wants me to pay for ISO 9001 accreditation before employment begins - is this a scam?

I recently went for an interview for a new job, the interview took place in the restaurant of a hotel in Euston, UK. They called 2 days later to inform me I got the job of a customer service advisor ...
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Company is indifferent to my immigration issues - should I contact the CEO?

I am working for a company for the last 3 years, they sponsored me on Tier 2 General. My UK visa will expire in July of this year, the company was supposed to renew their COS allocations in January ...
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Boss wants my team to work weekends

I am currently managing an in house team of developers, late in a sprint my boss requested that the team gets some work done by Monday. He mentioned that if the work cannot be done on the Friday, that ...
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Travel time takes longer due to employer

The commute to a employer finished for 95% of all employees with a single carriageway road. There are approx. 5000 staff on side and they are all trying to get in the front gate between 7:30 and ...
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UK based, new US employer changed contract on first day. How to handle professionally?

I am UK based programmer specialised in software for clinical data analysis. I was offered a job by a US software company, to support their customers in UK. I got a signed contract, I accepted and ...
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It is possible to join UK army in free time to participate to training, without going at war?

How much would cost to join UK military training (if possible) just when I want to (holidays)? I mention that I don't have UK nationality, but I will complete my higher education degrees (looking ...
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How to say “No” to pay deductions? [closed]

I work for a company that designs and builds fitted furniture. We also offer a free survey service to our customers and normally arrange for a third party to fit the furniture. I sold some furniture ...
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Best way to chase invoices on behalf of a deceased business owner?

My father ran a business and is now deceased. There are outstanding invoices that have been sent to clients awaiting payment. I've emailed the clients from my own email address stating I am acting on ...
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How to communicate that the root cause of a problem is a manager's leadership style?

TL;DR A fellow manager is creating unnecessary rework for my team. The root cause is a lack of leadership skills. How can I effectively communicate to our leaders that they need to address the cause ...
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Bullying (physically and verbally) by relatives of a manager

I would like to know what is the best way to deal with work colleagues who are physically and verbally abusive to me at work. In this case, the bullies are relatives of the HR manager, who I report to ...
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1answer
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Giving additional notice to avoid employer costs

My notice period is 1 month, and I intend to resign in the next month or so for a change of lifestyle and to go travelling. However, my boss has mentioned putting our team on some expensive training, ...
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Should I share referee's details with current line manager?

I've recently resigned, having accepted an offer from another employer. The new employer requested references. I gave references that were not my current line manager as I felt he wouldn't give the ...
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Can I be let go of legally in the UK in favour of a more senior Developer [closed]

Update: so on Friday 13th of may, me and this certain employee got into another argument, which lead to the Tech Lead, standing over me while I was seated, indicating that he was going to ...
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An employer halved a salary offering after discovering my age, have I been discriminated against? [closed]

A few months ago I was offered the opportunity to apply for a role at a bigger company than where I currently work. Everything went well, they were impressed from what the recruitment consultant told ...
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Moving into a new workplace - Making a good first impression [closed]

If I am moving into a new workplace and want to make the best impression, what actions can I take to ensure I am well received? In my previous job I was reprimanded after I tried to reform the work ...
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How to avoid becoming unemployable if I want to stay an individual contributor?

I work in a mechanical engineering design role in the UK, I love design and I'm not much of a people-person so I would be happy staying in the bottom end of the company which focuses on the ...
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Dismissed for apparently self-contradictory reasons [closed]

I recently moved into a position with an insurance company, which I had spent some considerable time and effort to get into. However, after only a month and a half my employment ended. Now, the ...
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Is it usual to complete an extensive medical form for an office-based role? [closed]

I have just got all the paperwork through for starting a new job, and part of it is a very extensive medical form that basically wants to know my entire medical history, whether it affects my work or ...
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1answer
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Can my manager withhold my share of the tips during notice period? [closed]

I work part-time in catering in the UK. I have handed in my notice, it has been accepted and I am working a 4 week notice period. My manager has told my collogues that my share of the team's ...
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3answers
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Reasonable to ask for a different office location than the one originally offered? [duplicate]

I am a new graduate engineer and have applied to a company that provides graduate jobs in locations nationwide in UK. I have not reached the interview stage yet, but an internal recruiter asked me ...
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What do I do about my manager retracting our agreement about my tentative last day of working for him? [closed]

I resigned from my current job on 5th Feb, 2016. I have a notice period of 3 months in my contract, but I asked my manager if I could be released early and he came up with 2 dates, saying "Is there ...
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Workplace review and pay rise [duplicate]

I'm working for a company in southern England having joined from university in the summer. I have worked above the level I was brought in at, developing projects, visiting clients, delivering ...
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1answer
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Can I accept a contract for a job when I have already accepted a contract for another job due to start in 6 months?

Based in the UK. Okay so I'm in a slightly messy situation here. I'm currently working for a small company ( let's call them X), it's my first job after university. While I enjoy the job, I have been ...
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What are the common causes of a high staff turnover? [closed]

What are the common causes of high staff turnover, when there is no obvious cause (e.g. insolvency) ?
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Leaving my company - Holiday entitlement pay [closed]

Over the past 4 weeks I have been working out my notice. I dont know if this is standard in every country (Im from the uk) but tomorrow is my last day and Im having some trouble with sorting out the ...
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Is my employer (UK) allowed access to what I am looking on the screen of my PC? [closed]

My daily work load can usually be cleared in less than 8 hours, so in my "free" time I am doing some reading offline (from pdf files stored in my PC drive) which is not generally relevant to my job. ...
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1answer
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Refused annual leave [closed]

I work for a large UK organization, who employ large numbers of (mainly) part time staff. Every year it seems there is the same problem. The annual leave year runs from April to April and all leave ...
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Cultural Fit Interview - good idea to mention that I have interviewed with the same company before?

I've applied to a company, lets call them 'A', before and got through the final round. The final round is usually a cultural fit interview with the hiring teams. 4 months ago I was in one, but the ...
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When (if ever) is it appropriate to file a grievance about the behaviour of one the MDs in a family business?

I work in a start-up family business and have for a few years. The sister of the lead\head MD (an MD herself) works part time at the business. However, she constantly makes demoralizing comments ...
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manager agreed on shorter notice, but conditionally until the end: is it common practice in UK? [closed]

My line manager agreed on halving the notice period. However, she gave me an arbitrary list of projects and I must complete everything before the last day (one month). This agreement can be canceled ...
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Should I recommend that I not be involved in a project if my advice is consistently ignored?

tl;dr: Should I recommend that I not be involved in a project if my advice is consistently ignored? Background I'm an electrical engineer with 20+ years experience in a highly specialised domain. ...
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UK - Probation and extensions [duplicate]

Is it possible for a manger to extend a probation (almost indefinitely) without HR being involved? I believe that my manger has been lying to me about my probationary status for quite some time, to ...
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4answers
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How to handle the cost of looking for a job in a new city?

I'm planning to move to a new location in the UK and have started applying there. I'm worried that when I start being asked for interviews, it will be very expensive and time consuming to attend them. ...
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Policy and procedure for suicide threats [closed]

I know the companies I have worked for would support their staff during times of depression and bereavement, but is it common practice for companies to have specific policies and procedures for when ...
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How to find an employer that will support part-time study?

I am a Software Engineer with around 5 years of professional experience and a B.Sc. in Information Systems located in Berlin/Germany. In the U.K. (preferably Greater London), how do I find an ...
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How to get through a notice period in good health?

I found a new job with nice and talented colleagues. My salary got a huge increase. I can't wait to start the new job. However, my notice period is of several months and I completely lost any and all ...
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2answers
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Information to share with recruiter?

I been looking for a job a 2 months now and been having a lot of calls from recruiter. But lately I been really keeping eye on what sort of questions I am being asked e.g What is your date of birth ...
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Is there a way to confirm if you've been blacklisted by the HR department of a company?

A few months ago I was pretty certain I was about to be made redundant and acted rather unprofessionally (i.e. desperate as hell) to a company which I interviewed with and whom promised to give me a ...
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Dealing with a negative reference from a old hostile employer

Long story short, I worked in a small start up company as a developer for 5 years, and by the end of it things went sour. The problem laid mainly with management and the way they were structuring ...
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Getting information from recruiters for job vacancy

I am a recent (mature) Computer Science graduate who is just entering the job market. In all the advice I have seen regarding CV's (resume for the US folks), it has said to tailor the application to ...
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2answers
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Summer internship offer from company that's due to be acquired before the start of the internship

I recently received an offer for a (paid) summer internship at a large, publicly traded company. However, I've noticed that this company is set to be acquired by an even bigger publicly traded ...
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Is it appropriate to inform HR that a colleague has made past (disproved) accusations of harassment in the context of a new accusation?

TL;DR Is it ever appropriate to raise with HR that a colleague has made (subsequently disproved) accusations against colleagues in past workplaces? Background A manager at my company (let's call ...
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Am I a employee or freelance? [closed]

If you work anywhere full time, 5 days a week from 10am to 6pm and found on a website that you should be a fully contracted member of staff by law and that the boss should be paying tax and other ...
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Being honest about your dismissal [closed]

Its been months now, I been terminated from my previous job while I was on probation, it was a “Caseation of probation period,” due to many complicated reason e.g. I was not given priority over a ...
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Barred from former work premises. What can I do?

So I worked at my previous job (in a pub. Bar and kitchen) for 2yrs. No issues. Found another job with better hours, handed in my notice, worked it and then started with my current employer. About ...
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Tips for non-EU citizens seeking employment in the UK

I am a non-EU citizen, living and working in the UK. As time goes by, several opportunities have presented themselves to me to move ahead in my career. Whether it's a recruiter contacting me online, ...