I have recently been offered a new job that was set up for me via a recruitment agency (I work in software development). I accepted this offer last week after emailing the recruiter that I have been liaising with on this reminding him that my official notice period is three months (I told them all this during initial talks with them during my search). He told me that this was acceptable to them, but if I could get it over with sooner, all the better.
He contacted me this morning to ask if I had found out from my current employer how long they were needing to keep me for, who had told me that they will need to keep me on for the full three months. He then apologised and told me that he had neglected to tell them that my notice period was three months and was instead one month. The new employer have told him that they will withdraw the offer if I cannot get my notice period down to six weeks. This is apparently due to a current employee of theirs leaving who needs to do some handing over of work to me.
I have already handed in my notice at my current place of work, and have informed my manager that I need to leave within six weeks due to the above reason. He has escalated this to the CEO who has not yet made a decision.
What are my options? What might be the best course of action?
EDIT: To answer some of the questions in the comments:
- Both parties have already signed the new contract hence why I have handed in my notice
- Consequence of leaving early without consent will mean a break in contract - leaving me vulnerable to potential legal battles