I work full time as an Android developer in the UK. I've been offered some freelance work for a small company based in London. This is hundreds of miles away from where I work and they've had no interaction with the company. I'd be working remotely up to 8 hours each weekend for them.
In my contract, the only relevant part to do with freelancing for non-company clients is
If you are asked to do freelance work in your spare time, discuss it with the managing director before you start.
I emailed my managing director asking to discuss the project. I received this email back before I had the chance to give any details of the freelance work:
We would prefer if you would like to introduce the organisation to [company], and the work can be carried out in that way.
Unfortunately, allowing staff to work freelance brings a complexity around ownership of intellectual property related to [company], which precludes the [company] team to undertake freelance work.
Therefore, we aren’t able to authorise you to undertake this freelance work.
It's a bit devastating to hear and I do appreciate the concerns he has but I'd love the opportunity to develop my skills further with a bit of extra work on the side. After expressing my feelings on it, my managing director has asked for details of the project and he said he'll see if there's anything he can do.
Any advice on how to tackle this? If he looks into it and still decides I can't am I just out of luck?