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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Recruiter doesn't respond to my e-mail for a week. What should I do? [closed]

Sorry, my English is poor, but I'm a bit frustrated, so I need a piece of advice. I am from Russia, and last Tuesday I got an e-mail from a large company's recruiter, who lives in another country, - ...
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To what extent can my volunteering and social responsibility experiences damage my career, if the causes are debatable/political?

Volunteering and social responsibility/charity work is widely encouraged here in the UK as part of ones' professional development - and recruiters/firms/career advisers expect people to list this ...
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What is different about how references work between Germany and UK/Ireland? My ex-manager doesn't want to give me a reference and I don't understand

I live in Ireland and until recently worked as a technical lead for a multinational software company. Then recently the company began a voluntary redundancy program which I applied for and was ...
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Facebook and staff conduct in childcare [closed]

Can management of staff in a childcare setting regulate or determine the personal use of Facebook outside of work, if staff posts are compromising the professional perception of the setting due to the ...
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Negotiating a pay rise with another job offer on the table [duplicate]

I have been in my current role for two years without a pay rise. In my reviews I score highly. I am told I am valued and am kept given more responsibility. I keep getting push back regarding a salary ...
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Is is appropriate to approach the company owner with a business idea?

I work for a company in the UK in a technology-based industry that's only a few years old. The company is fairly young and the owner takes and active role within the company - so I see him fairly ...
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can having a suspected heart attack and awaiting an ambulance at work be included as absence? [closed]

I am facing redundancy and work is including the time from when I collapsed, was administered 1st Aid and awaiting the ambulance as absence. I start work at 8.30am and the incident happened at ...
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Is a job offer with an overnight deadline standard in London? [closed]

I've been offered a job the day of an interview but been asked to decide by the following morning. Is this standard practice for London software engineering jobs?
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Toilets are broken. What can I do? [closed]

This morning I have arrived at the office to an email notification that the toilets in the building are to be used for liquids only due to a plumbing issue. There is no ETA for resolution. The ...
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What should I do if I feel I am being exploited (based on “pay” and “flexibility”)? [duplicate]

I am working in the IT industry as a technical support engineer, have a 1st class Computer Science degree and have been both able to apply myself to this niche subset of the industry well and have ...
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If I give in my notice, am I still entitled to reimbursement on expenses owed? [closed]

If I give in my notice of leave, am I still entitled to reimbursement on expenses owed? The arrangement is typically a month gap so expenses incurred in this month are paid at the end of the next ...
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Management communication while monopolies and mergers commission decision pending? [closed]

My company has been bought by a company who recently bought our largest competitor also. The acquisition has been sent to the UK Monopolies and mergers commission. So they need the OK from them ...
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How is UK holiday allowance advertised?

This page on the government's website says that the statutory minimum is 28 days. I have seen job adverts that range from 22-25 days holiday allowance. It doesn't seem likely that they are ...
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3rd party recruiter not playing ball?

Recently I had a 3rd party recruiter call me unsolicited about a junior developer role at FooCorp. At the time I wasn't interested so I said no; however, I went to FooCorp's website and they have a ...
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Removing smell of paint in the office [closed]

My room at work is currently being redecorated (repainted, new carpet and desks). We are about to move back in and the place stinks of paint. How can I get rid of the smell, are there any office ...
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Should I start looking for a new job? If so, how soon? [closed]

I'm an 18 year old Software Development apprentice in the UK and my apprenticeship finishes soon (2 months). At the end of this there is a high chance that the company I work for will renew my 1 year ...
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Is a UK employer allowed to force you into taking mandatory sick time off? [closed]

If you sustain an injury which limits your mobility can a UK employer force you to take time off and claim statutory sick pay? In this situation the employee: Has been working while injured but ...
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Asked to use CCTV to check fellow employee's hours

I am the only employee with access to the CCTV system but I have never been certified in CCTV operation and we do not have a CCTV policy. I inherited it as I am the IT Systems Administrator. HR have ...
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2 weeks ago my recruitment agency told me I have a job offer, but nothing concrete yet [closed]

Two weeks ago, my technical recruitment agency told me that I would receive a good offer from an expanding company. I am in touch with the recruitment agency. They told me that the company is ...
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What's the most appropriate time in the recruitment process to reveal that you're transgender (in the UK)?

I am a transgender person looking to switch jobs from the one I am currently in to one where I can work as a woman, completing the set of places I need to be accepted in order to live full time as my ...
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How should I handle not having a good reference from a previous job?

The last job I did before my current one was a bit of a disaster. There was no support and a great deal of pressure, which actually made me quite ill. I left as soon as possible, which was just over ...
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How can I overcome my (significant) disadvantages in the labour market? [closed]

I have made so many bad decisions in my life and as a result I am legitimately a bad candidate in any job application process. Some of the things my bad decisions have led to that I cannot hide: ...