I have been recently offered a new job (software development, permanent, UK) after successful interviews, everything has seemed fine up until one point raised in the offer email which strikes me as peculiar
Your first month's pay will have a deduction of 1 week's pay to be held by us and paid back to you if you leave the company
I queried this and was informed that this is a standard policy across their business as a "safeguard for when employees leave and have overtaken on holidays or leave at the end of a month", and so I will effectively never receive my first week's pay unless I quit.
This is my first successful application for a job in the private sector, having worked public sector my entire career to date, so I'm unsure if I should consider this a red flag, or if its just a fairly standard industry practice I'm unaware of.
I raised it again with the employer and they have confirmed it is indeed a week in arrears, not a week's salary indefinitely withheld to be eventually repaid (at original value) when I may one day leave.