I was offered a contract with an Education institution in Ireland for working in a research project with a Company (In Company's place). So all the hiring process was done while I was still in my country of origin (Low latitude, ~5000km away). In the contract the working hours are 9:00am to 5:25pm. However, it states than occasionally additional hours could be required.
Once I started, I noted that the company working hours are 9:00am to 6:00pm, and some co-workers, hired under the same scheme as me, follow the company working hours because someone told them.
When I started, both my supervisor from Education Institution and my supervisor from company were on holidays, so kind of started with a full induction, just brief introduction of project and small tasks, but no emphasis on new working hours. Since then, I am fulfilling the working hours in my contract (9:00am-5:25pm).
Is this a common practice, have differences in contract/real working hours?
Am I stealing (time) to my employer?
There is no weekly hours information in my contract, which is fixed term contract of employment for 3 years.
This is extracted from my contract:
PLACE OF WORK: INSITUTION, however you may be required to work in other locations. [...]
HOURS OF WORK:
Hours of work will be Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:24pm
you will from time to time required to work flexible and or additional hours depending on the requirements of your work and at a discretion of your supervisor.
- As comment to @justin 's answer:
And how much you value your new job vs personal time/self respect.
As foreigner (non-EEA) in Ireland I am under work permit tied to this job and not allowed to apply seamlessly to a new one, so me and my family income depends on it. My personal time is also valuable as I had another matters planned before moving, based on the leaving hours stated in the contract.
Do you get multiple breaks, as that sounds like the figure includes a lunch hour.
The company policy is a 15-mins break in the morning plus one-hour lunch break