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

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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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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
145 views

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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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6answers
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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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4answers
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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: ...
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Actuarial jobs: pension and life insurance? [closed]

(I am not sure if this is on topic here, if not then my apologies.) I am asking this question on behalf of someone who is interested in being an actuary. When one applies for a graduate scheme, it ...
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How do I pay tax for freelancing? [closed]

I'm a freelance web designer (well starting up) and was wondering do I pay tax and how do I do it? I work full time as a IT apprentice if that's of any relevance. I'm completely new to everything and ...
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How can I determine if I can reward points for a purchase made with company funds?

I recently had to go down to a local shop (Homebase) to buy a large amount of goods for the company that they needed same day. Homebase uses the Nectar points reward system which I use regularly. The ...
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Negotiating relocation compensation after starting work

I live in a major UK city, and accepted a graduate job offer from a company in a tiny town 25 miles away. As it is a graduate job, I thought relocation packages are not normally offered and didn't ...
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6answers
257 views

Handling a lack of leadership [closed]

I started my first ever job eight months ago, as a Junior Developer. Basically, my job is to write PHP, and up until now it's always been picking up small tasks that need doing, and doing them. Now, ...
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4answers
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Job offer via email, no need for signed contract?

I am in the process of accepting a job offer and instead of sending out a written contract that needs to be signed, everything is done via email. Is this legally sound and normal? In the past I have ...
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2answers
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Promised sick pay but it's not arrived [closed]

A colleague of mine has been forced to take some time off due to illness. They've been signed off by the doctor, it was not appropriate to work (we're talking about a matter of weeks - not months or ...
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5answers
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Transgender in the UK, should I use my female name on my CV even when it refers to male accomplishments?

Background: I am a MtF transgender person starting transition in the UK. Part of the process involves moving from living part of my life male and part female to living full time female, including ...
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Should I Include Tips / Gratuities on Expense reports?

I am running a small company. We have a fairly liberal expenses policy - for example: €40 maximum per day for meals away from home Taxi fare home if working extremely late Pre-booked hotels when ...
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What is the best way to present to a boss an idea of group of us leaving for a startup

One of my coworkers and I have decided that we'd like to go part ways with our current employer and start up our own business. Currently we are in a small IT company with their software development ...
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I think I may have been terminated, how can I find out my status?

Today I resigned. My boss did not take it well. He locked me out of my company email and informed me that he wanted me to work strict office hours during my notice period of 1 week. (9-5 is unheard-of ...
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1answer
880 views

How to reply to a HR email asking for eligibility to work in the UK? [closed]

I applied for a job yesterday using LinkedIn from Pakistan to UK. Now I got a reply from their HR Manager saying: Good Morning, Thank you for your recent application, please can you confirm ...
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Is it generally unacceptable to become close friends with colleagues?

I'm a young graduate fresh out of university just under a year ago. I went to an international school in my youth and did not establish many friendships during university due to the girlfriend in ...
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Pornography In The Workplace

NOTE: This is a situation I've faced in a previous job, it doesn't relate to my current employment. I'm curious to know how people would handle this. Part of my job involves reviewing video clips ...
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Is this “Outside Interests” clause in an employment contract taking it too far?

Seems like it states that even going out at the weekend to volunteer at a soup kitchen needs to be agreed via written consent by the CEO. I understand they want to limit conflicting work interests, ...
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UK Vacation Carryover Policies [closed]

Have any UK employers limited the amount of vacation day carryover for any individual employee? Right now we have no limit but are considering putting in a limit.
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Is this a breach of confidentiality or should my employers not have been so nosy?

Both my partner and I work in the same company, same building, same floor, different rooms. As such we very occasionally email each other about semi-personal things (e.g., What time are you planning ...
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My course name and degree title will be different, which one should I use?

The name of the course I chose at university is different to what will be put on my degree certificate and I'm never sure which one to use. The course I'm studying at university is IT for Creative ...
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What are the protections and options provided for regarding abusive or unhealthy work places in the UK?

In the UK are there any laws or legal recourse surrounding someone being bullied in the workplace? I am asking on behalf of my partner who has been threatened by her line manager and often receives a ...
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Can my employer force me to wear a used uniform?

I work for a company in the United Kingdom, and they can't provide me with a brand new uniform, as they ran out of stock. They gave me a used (washed) uniform to wear for the time being. Someone else ...
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How can I make myself worth the hassle of being an overseas hire to a US tech firm?

Ideally I'd get sponsored, but I've just wanted to move to the US for so long that I'd be willing to cover costs myself, not to mention that after university I'd love to be a software developer, so ...
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How should I mention that I'm failing my MSc course?

Two years ago I got a BSc first class which landed me a position in a top UK university MSc programme. Due to a combination of personal circumstances and mental illness I'm now failing the course. I'm ...
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Working hours and additional hours in UK [closed]

The contract that came with my job offer says: Hours of Work Your standard working week shall be 37.5 hours, exclusive of meal breaks. Your current operational hours are Monday to Friday, ...
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If I take a 2-week paternity leave in the UK, do I get a 2-week extension to my work contract?

If I take a 2-week paternity leave in the UK, do I get a 2-week extension to my work contract, in which I would receive my normal salary? In Norway, I did get an extension, but I am not sure if the ...
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Adding non professional work to a professional resume

A close friend of mine has been working late shifts as a delivery driver for a local takeaway to earn some extra money to make ends meet. He has been working here for about a year and a half. No ...
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Why do companies ask for A-levels results?

During my job hunt I noticed one or two companies asking for A-levels results. For those unfamiliar with the term, I understand it stands for Advanced Levels and it's the UK equivalent of two ...