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

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Promised sick pay but it's not arrived

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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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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Are the certifications from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments well regarded in the investment management and banking industries? [closed]

Some background: I am an IT developer focusing on the financial services/finance industry. I've just recently left a permanent position where I conceived, architected and lead the development of a ...
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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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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 after university I'd love to be a software dev so what better ...
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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 ...
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Probation Period UK and sacking notice [closed]

Currently working for a Company, had no negative reviews or anything, in fact not had one meeting with my line manager or anyone to give me a performance review. Have assumed that this is a good ...
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How can I get my former employer to pay my notice and give me my P45? [closed]

I was working at a company in the UK, they fired me and put me on gardening leave for my notice (4 weeks). Now the notice period is over they've not paid me for this time or given me my P45. How can ...
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Is two years service to get full sick pay excessive in the UK?

I have recently been offered a more senior role by a company new to me in the UK, for which I get a good salary increase, a great pension and much more interesting work. The role is IT/technical and ...
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Should a thank you letter be sent after an interview?

I've never sent a thank you letter after an interview. I mean, I wouldn't send a thank you letter after a first date. I've asked one senior dev about this and he says he's never got a thank you ...
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Why should romantic relationships be disclosed to HR?

Why do some companies ask their employees to disclose romantic relationships with coworkers? Is the company somehow exposed to legal liability otherwise? My instinct is such relationships are none of ...
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How to deal with rude senior after being shouted at? [duplicate]

I am working with a senior in my team. Recently, during a meeting, I was asking her a question that I doubt the methodology she proposed is necessary, and would like to make some suggestions. My ...
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Contract states my notice period is minimum one month at employers discretion, is this enforceable? [closed]

My contract states that my notice period is a minimum of one month, but at my employer's discretion (I don't have the exact wording, but the implication is that any notice will be at least a month but ...
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How to go about asking for an internship from a company that is not advertising them

I have just finished temporary Christmas employment with a company working in their call center. They have a number of software development positions open at the moment, and have had for months, which ...
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Are there any UK laws about allergies in the workplace? [closed]

People are eating peanut butter (etc) at their desks - their desks are near/next to mine. I haven't been able to find any UK legislation about this. I've mentioned the allergy but haven't spelled ...
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What should I do when I am Not getting paid on time as a contractor

I have started a work as a contractor in a renowned firm 2 months ago. Almost Everyone on my team is a contractor. I have to submit an approved timesheet (by my manager) to my umbrella company, ...
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Working for a competitor some time after leaving [closed]

Some time ago I left a company to work for another. Now that I'm back in the market I was approached by a direct competitor of the first company and they want to start a hiring process with me. I ...
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Just signed my contract for my first christmas job [duplicate]

Today I went in to sign my contract and all related documents for my first job (I'm 16 in the UK). There was a section that had spaces for two references from previous employers however as this is ...
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Should I declare my job application at a meeting?

I am applying for a job at a new organisation. As part of my current role, I have a meeting with someone at that organisation, who may be involved with selecting candidates. I'm concerned that, if I ...
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Asked for 3 references but I don't have 3!

I have a job offer based conditionally on a standard "background check", which includes references. The problem is that they are asking for 3 references in total, and note "managers/supervisors ...
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Resigning when you are on annual leave

(UK based question by the way) If you have received a job offer, and now have the written contract, it's now time to hand in that notice to get the ball rolling for your resignation. However you are ...
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Is discrimination based on personal belief illegal in the United Kingdom?

A friend has just had a telephone interview with a prestigious software company. On the call he was asked about his views on the lack of women in IT. The company is very keen on encouraging women into ...
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What kind of activities are allowed if your job contract prohibits any other occupation or business? [closed]

My full-time job contract contains a clause that says my employment with the company is exclusive and I should have no other occupation or business outside of it. I would like to know what exact kind ...
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Someone is harassing me on Twitter with false accusations that I made statements on behalf of my employer [closed]

The Scenario: I am from the UK and work for a medium sized multinational as a software developer. In my lunch breaks, I sometimes post to the political blog of a UK news paper from my cell phone. ...
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Where do I stand if I can't reach my manager? [closed]

A family member is working as a professional cleaner for a company specialising in cleaning contracts in retail. He works "remote" in as much as he is the only cleaner on site. His contact with his ...
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Negotiating Job Offer [closed]

I received a job offer with a company that I recently interviewed with. However, they have not offered me the salary that I wanted. The salary is less that what I was previously earning, with my ...
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Boss making me do inappropriate punishments at work [closed]

I have been working for this couple of investors for around 18 months. The set up is, these two people will buy small online businesses and I will run these businesses from a single office. Currently ...
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Are beards perceived as unprofessional in the workplace?

It has recently been mentioned by a colleague that I should look at shaving my beard as it may limit future opportunities in my company as it can be perceived as lazy and too casual. It may or may not ...
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Is it appropriate to approach references based on interviewer comments?

My partner had an interview for a teaching job which she did not get. The interviewer said, "check your references as one doesn't show you in good light". She is relatively certain the reference is ...
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How do I overcome my Credit Rating in reference to applying for jobs?

Unfortunately I started a business but it didn't do so well. Due to this I've been left with debt and unfortunately it's affected my credit rating. When applying for roles in large firms, I'm ...
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Is my contract still valid if my job has changed? [closed]

My company is going through a transitional period after being bought out by a competitor and we are all being asked to sign a new [non negotiable] contract Whist in this transitional period my ...
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Can I do anything to get my annual pay raise after I've told the company I'm leaving in a few months?

My company, which is in the UK, has an annual pay rise in April every year. This year, due to some issues, the pay rise is pushed to the end of June, but all employees will receive the the extra money ...
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Are changes to working conditions acceptable [closed]

I have been with my current UK based employer for 6 years and have recently been asked to provide 24/7 on call coverage with no increase in benefits as, and I quote, its expected of a senior member of ...
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How will my employability be affected by my academic performance in a Graduate Degree programme [closed]

I consistently secured above 75% throughout my career, which includes impressive school grades, decent undergraduate grades, and an award for "Best Academic Performance" in final-year undergraduate. ...
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What are my responsibilities with regards to reporting suspected Fraud?

I work in a school in the UK. I work as part of a 3 man in house I.T. team employed directly by the school. There is my boss me and another tech. We are all contracted to work 37 hours and overtime ...