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

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Boss is forcing me to go to a team social event when I would otherwise be on annual leave [duplicate]

Not really sure how to start with this so I'm just going to jump into the facts. I must give 5 days notice before I take any annual leave Annual leave is lost and payment is not given in lieu if you ...
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1answer
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Promised contract but not receiving one [duplicate]

I was working for a company for over 6 months. I had passed my probation period and continued as a part-timer. Once you had passed your probation period you were entitled to apply as zero hour ...
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1answer
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Company is letting me go because they are closing, but they are still operating? [closed]

My previous company stated that they are closing as they could not pay their creditors and as a result I was told I no longer work there. Since then, the company is still operating and providing ...
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What's the most appropriate way to introduce my boss to friends and family?

There is an upcoming social event organized by my employer where friends and family will be invited. The company is a fairly small company in the UK and I will inevitably need to introduce my family ...
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Saying thanks for luxury perk without sounding obsequious?

I’m currently in my first full-time job and have been here for a year at a big UK company. Me and a few others from my site recently had the opportunity to attend an event where we were given free ...
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How to handle an employer knowingly paying below market? [duplicate]

My current employer is known to have a below average pay scale. My current salary is 5% less than my last job, and there is a mantra about the company not having enough money. Lots of money is being ...
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2answers
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Not able to work my notice period

I have been offered a new job which I am going / want to take because of circumstances. I currently work a part-time (15 hour) contract which says I need to give 2 weeks notice. However, I ...
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781 views

I'm doing an apprenticeship but I feel as if I'm being used as cheap labour

I'm working as an apprentice programmer for a very small company, as I am under 18 and in the UK, I am getting the minimum wage for an apprentice. The apprenticeship is full-time for 15 months. My ...
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1answer
478 views

Can my manager make me wait around till shop is more busy without pay? [closed]

Context: I work at a restaurant in the UK. I am new and haven't yet completed the online training Program's I have been asked to complete. It's pretty much a zero hour contract (I think it's 12 hours) ...
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Savings on tax money as married? [migrated]

As I am on normal wage in which I don't have any saving and it's my first job in UK, and as a foreign I don't know much about rules but, I heard somewhere that I can talk to my HR manager to cut me ...
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3answers
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No contract until the first day [duplicate]

I have just accepted an offer for a new position, and have recently been filling in all the paperwork required. I'm relocating to a new city over 2 hours away, so my current employer has been aware ...
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Is this non-compete clause enforcable (UK) [closed]

I've got a non-compete clause in my contract, however from what I've read, I would consider it to be 'over restrictive', and as such un-enforcable. The wording is thus: As a separate agreement ...
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2answers
378 views

Greeting colleagues when working at desk

I have a question regarding two situations I encounter at work: greeting new starters and talking to colleagues from other teams. I work for a software house who are recruiting a significant number ...
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2answers
152 views

TUPEd but job has changed [closed]

I was TUPEd in November 2014. I was told I would be offered a new contract on 1st June 2015 after training for a different part of the business. I did the training in May and am now doing the work ...
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3answers
640 views

How can I kindly stop jokes and idle chit chat directed at me when I am busy?

I have recently joined a work place and have tried to be easy to approach and friendly to my coworkers. However a few of the employees hired after me seem to make a lot of jokes towards me, or at my ...
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1answer
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How do I indicate that I am willing to pursue other options while still in education?

I am currently taking time out from my teaching degree. The reason was, among other things, to consider whether it was really for me. Technically I am still a student, but until January I have no ...
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4answers
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How to have a relationship with someone at the office?

I know it's frowned upon, but if you end up in a personal relationship with someone at the office, what's the most professional way to go forward? Should you declare it with your managers? What ...
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Benefits removed between signing contract and starting- is it reasonable to ask for alternative?

I recently started a new job, after multiple offers. One of the offers still stands. There were two things which made my decision: the work itself and some particular benefits. I clarified those ...
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Quit Contract (Industrial Placement) [closed]

I am student, and I have successfully started a placement year job (working in a company as part of my degree). After 10 days of working, I have observe that what the company is working with is not ...
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3answers
528 views

Is asking for payment to consent to my notice period being extended unprofessional?

I have been working at a software development company as a full-time developer here in the UK for the past 16 years. Recently I was told that those of us with one month notice periods stipulated in ...
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2answers
175 views

I'm not sure I want to be in this profession [closed]

So... A while ago I started my first job as an apprentice programmer, I was more or less shoved into the IT industry by my father, I enjoy working with computers and learning how to code, but I am ...
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2answers
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Moving from “Permanent Freelancer” to full-time employment

My girlfriend is a junior graphic designer working for a small company of three people: herself, her boss, and a senior designer. When she got the job, her boss told her that she'd be "freelancing" ...
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2answers
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Should you hide your location when applying for a job that will need an H-1B visa?

When applying for job where you will need an H-1B visa, I've been told it's important to wait until as late in the application process as possible to reveal that you need the employer to get you work ...
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3answers
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Can you leave a job without giving notice?

I applied for a position a while back (in the United Kingdom) and was given it, my employer at the time told me that: 1) I will be a Junior and will be working within a team of people who would be ...
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1answer
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Should you mention recommendation letter during interview?

I'm a university student so I have very little to no workplace experience but a couple of years ago I did an internship in an office setting for which I revived a glowing letter of recommendation. I ...
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Do I have to get to the office any earlier than my start time?

I've been working at my UK company for 10 months. This hasn't been an issue in 10 months. We have a sign-in book and a sign-in clock. The clock is wrong, and we all know it (it's 2 minutes fast I ...
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1answer
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How can I remedy incorrect answers to interview questions after the fact?

After completing an interview with a potential employer, I sometimes realize that I either misunderstood a question in the heat of the moment, or I simply didn't know the answer to it. When I later ...
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2answers
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How to change specialty within my field without full time experience and reasonable pay?

I have 18 years industry experience and a degree. I'd really love to gain employment with a different specialty, although I am a little concerned as there never seems to be many positions available ...
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3answers
562 views

How to ensure a reasonable salary before interview?

I recently went to a job interview for a software developer position. It was for a programming language I don't use in my current full time job. I'm currently a web developer, I have 18 years ...
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1answer
461 views

UK - calling in sick whilst on notice period [closed]

I am currently working my notice, and took a few days off sick (the entire office seems to be unwell). I've been informed that they will not pay me for those days, because I am on my notice period. ...
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1answer
368 views

Asking for higher retention bonus

My employer is going to pay me a retention bonus for my hard work and the fact that they want to keep me around for the foreseeable future to help with system integration etc. While it's quite ...
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Working notice period without getting paid

Today I was informed that the start up that I work for is running out of money and cannot afford to pay me, and so I've been handed 1 month's formal notice. I've been assured that I'll receive my next ...
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1answer
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What do I wear with over a shirt (with optional tie) and suit trousers?

Male, 21 years old, starting a Software Engineering internship with an investment-bank this summer and have been informed that the dress-code is Business Casual. Obviously business casual can vary, ...
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3 month notice period in contract… better to negotiate to 1 month?

I'm a developer about to take a new position, however the contract states the notice period on both sides in the event of leaving the company is 3 months. I am wondering if I should ask to have this ...
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4answers
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Handed in notice and now owner is being very difficult with me [closed]

(I am asking on behalf of a friend who wants to stay anonymous) I recently put in my notice of resignation in my current work place after being offered a position elsewhere which I gladly accepted. I ...
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2answers
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Can I be terminated while working a notice period?

I've handed my notice in and it got me thinking about whether or not I can still be terminated, while working out my notice period. I've checked the various employee legislation sites as well as gov ...
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2answers
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Think my performance bonus is unfair, what can I do? [closed]

Some background about this bonus scheme: It is an inbound call centre environment where customers are called back by an external company to rate their experience on the previous call. Customers can ...
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2answers
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Is it common for companies to pay visa fees of their international employees?

I am a foreigner working in the UK. I will need to renew my family's and my visas next year when our current visas expire. I am currently applying for jobs. I am thinking of asking my potential ...
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1answer
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Agreed to work beyond notice period, now I've changed my mind? (UK) [closed]

I have resigned from my job with a 1 week notice period, I agreed to work a few days beyond the week's notice but have changed my mind. Am I contractually obligated to work to the agreed end date? ...
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1answer
172 views

Should I put honourific on a CV/Resume

So I've got a higher degree and some profesional body membership (note, not charted status or similar) that entitle me to use postnominal letters. Would it be expected to see these accompanying my ...
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Is it normal for agency warehouse workers to have such high turnover (UK)? [closed]

My lodger, while he has so far paid his rent on time, has had a rather erratic job history while he's been staying here. He primarily works as a forklift truck driver/general warehouse assistant for ...
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1answer
129 views

paid for a month and left after 2 days [closed]

I started a new job a few weeks back only worked 2 days then left the job wasn't described as it was to me in the interview. So I went back to my previous job then today I got a payslip paying me for ...
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1answer
285 views

Resignation letter and notice period

I am currently unhappy in my company and I am considering to leave it. I might be offered a new position next days, but I don't know what the resignation letter should mention. Even if I don't have ...
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2answers
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Leave notice in UK - last day of work [closed]

My contract states, that my leave notice is one week. In UK, is a week defined as: 7 days from actual date of my leave notice or last day of week following my leave notice date? If latter case is ...
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1answer
253 views

How to present a self certification on a CV or LinkedIn?

Recently I applied for a job that required a certificate in six-sigma, which I don't have. In my application, I argued I had all of the relevant experience (8 years') to be able to do the job. I ...
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1answer
236 views

pay when calling in sick [closed]

My wife has recently called in sick and the boss has said to her that she must pay £70 for each day she doesn't come in. Is that right?? This isn't a reduction as she is hourly paid but just asking ...
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Rights When Terminated Without Fair Process [closed]

A friend has just been dismissed from her job for "not being good enough." This fell on her out of the blue, with no prior warning, no development or action plan, and no notice period. Apparently the ...
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Overloaded, delegated work, now accused of “offloading” my responsibilities. How to address criticism?

I am a relatively new manager in a highly matrix'd organization (multiple managers/accountabilities per person) and over the past six months my own functional team has been chronically suffering from ...
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Is this discrimination? [closed]

I live in the UK. I do not want to name the company, but it advertises itself as We have several projects coming up in early 2015 and we are looking in particular for male contractors across a ...
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What does it mean to “cut code”? [closed]

I was looking at a job offer: [...] I am looking for a Developer who hacks code for pleasure, takes pride in their works and displays a keen interest in learning new technologies (boys ...