I recently applied for a job in a different department for the (UK) company I already worked for and was successful.
The initial appointment letter I received (to confirm I had the job) did not mention anything about training costs.
I have today been sent by HR an updated copy of the appointment letter which states that if I leave the company within 36 months I agree to repay up to £13,000 (on a sliding scale) to reimburse the investment the company has made towards my training for the new job.
I have never signed anything agreeing to this but have been advised that it was mentioned on the original job advert and that by applying for the job I have consented to this. I don't remember seeing it and it was never mentioned during my interview. 36 months seems excessive but I am reluctant to kick up too much of a fuss as I am on a probationary period and really need the pay rise that came with this job.
Furthermore, in a couple of months our company is being bought out by another company and at that point I will be employed by the new company. I am unsure how this affects my terms of employment.
There is a lot of uncertainty with regards to redundancies once the new company takes over and it seems particularly unfair that I may have to pass up on potential opportunities when I could then end up being made redundant a few month later.
Would this be enforceable as described, especially after my employment shifts to the new company?