I recently started a new job, here's how the story went.
- After the interview process I was offered the job, and told what the wage offer would be. For the sake of arithmetic lets say they offered me £26000.
- I asked if it would be possible for me to work part time, 4 days a week instead of 5. And I was told that would be fine. So I'm expecting that I'll get paid £20800.
- I received my contract through the post, it shows my contract hours as 32 hours a week rather than 40, so 4 8 hour days. It shows my wage as £26000, and doesn't mention anything about 'pro-rata' or 'full time equivalence'.
- I started work mid way through August, and I received my first pay last Friday (they usually pay on the 27th, but that fell on a public holiday). I received pay for 2 weeks work, and they gave me £1000, i.e one twenty-sixth of £26000 rather than one twenty-sixth of £20800.
So they are paying me what my contract says but not what I assume they intended to pay me. The HR guy who will have drawn up the contract left shortly before I started (I believe he was a contract worker), but I assume that my manager was asked to look over it before it was sent to me!
What do I need to consider when deciding my path forward?
I'd like to know what people's opinion of what the contractual situation might be, and also what others would do if they found themselves in the same situation.
We have a probation period of 3 months at work, during which I believe it is easier to fire me.
To clear a few things up:
- The discussions were over the phone so any paper trail will be limited.
- When I asked for part time I wasn't told that it would involve a pay cut, I just assumed that it would. But other parts of the conversation make me think that the HR guy also assumed that was implicit, and that he didn't think it was a negotiation tactic on my part.
- That's not to say I couldn't claim otherwise in any future discussions, because there's no paper trail and the HR guy has left.