I have recently been offered a more senior role by a company new to me in the UK, for which I get a good salary increase, a great pension and much more interesting work. The role is IT/technical and non-managerial.
I am reviewing the contract and it seems that I would not get full sick pay (known as "contractual sick pay" in the UK) for two years, even though the probation will only be six months.
I've been working in my field for fifteen years and have never been asked to sign away this privilege. I am extremely healthy and rarely take days off sick, but I am aware that might change, and worry that this might be the thin edge of a sign-your-employee-rights-away wedge.
Thus, is two years of statutory sick pay (i.e. the legal minimum, currently around 85GBP/week) and company discretionary sick pay (criteria for "discretion" not stated) too long for the UK? Is two years so onerous as to be worth turning the opportunity down for? Does anyone know whether this is down to new legislation, or have companies in the UK always been able to do this?