I recently started working full-time (i.e. 37.5 to 40 hours per week) in the UK as a permanent employee of a UK-based private organisation, with monthly salary paid through BACS to my UK bank account.
My contract of employment with this employer (i.e. my primary full-time employer) states the following:
During your employment you will:
- devote the whole of your time, attention and ability to carrying out your duties with due care and attention;
- not, without the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly be engaged, concerned or interested in any other business whatsoever, provided that you are not prohibited from holding or being beneficially interested in, by way of investment, any shares or securities of any company quoted on any recognised investment exchange (including an overseas investment exchange) as defined in section 285 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and comprising not more than 1% of any single class of such shares or securities.
I intend to take up additional paid employment i.e. a 2nd job, for another 20% time (i.e. additional 7.5 to 8 hrs per week) for another UK-based employer (with salary pro-rated to 20% of full-time equivalent & paid via BACS to my UK bank account). This 2nd employer is a non-profit (higher education) entity, and does not compete in the business interests/segments of my current primary full-time employer. At the time of interviewing for this 20% role with the 2nd employer, I had not yet started my current primary employment, and therefore did not have the obligation to inform them about it during the shortlisting/interview stages.
The reason for taking up the 2nd job is just to try out if my skills shall be sufficient to transition to a full-time role eventually (after 2 months of trying out the new role/commute etc.). The 2nd employer is unaware of my full-time employment, and have offered to ramp up the 20% role to a 100% full-time role in 2 months time subject to good performance.
I have the following questions:
To obtain consent for my current primary full-time employer for this additional 20% employment, do I have to show the contract of employment with my 2nd employer to my current primary employer (or does it suffice to simply inform my current employer via just an internal email, and ask for an email reply from the HR?)
What are my disclosure obligations to the 2nd (part-time) employer? Will I have to tell them that I am already working full-time with the 1st employer? What kind of documents will I have to submit to the proposed part-time employer (i.e. current employment contract, payslips etc?). I'd like to keep the identity of my primary employer confidential. At the time of interviewing for this 20% role, I was not in my current primary employment, and therefore did not have the obligation to inform them about it. Is it still legally possible to not inform my 2nd (20%) employer about my current full-time employment.