I started this job in February of 2013. I work as a frontend and backend web developer, managing my own projects, managing clients, following projects through from start to finish. I'm on a ridiculously low wage (£25,000) and I have not had an appraisal for this years work, despite pretty much modernised the company via the use of new technology. My work includes clients such as Wembley Stadium (that I PM) and I have built apps that the company before would have found impossible.
Now, when I started the job, I was given an "Offer of employment" which stated a 13 week notice period. I hastily signed, as I was in a rush to get away from the previous company which was even worse (well, I thought so at the time). After I handed that in, I received no copy of a contract, no employee hand book or anything that I could reference.
Now I have an offer for double my current wage, doing exactly what I want (UI development, as opposed to a mixture of backend / frontend), employee benefits such as pension etc. However, I didn't have any reference for my notice period, and asking for one for my current employer would most certainly have aroused suspicions, which, if the offer fell through, would have left me in a huge predicament with 2 young children to look after. I told my new employer that my notice period was 4 weeks, which, in my opinion, is justifiable for the salary I am on, the duration I have been here and the position that I am (apparently, at the bottom).
I'm unhappy here. The designer is leaving as well, and they are saying we have to work the 3 month notice period, as their workload is overbearing (as usual!). This is impossible for me, and neither of us want to work it. I don't care about them not being a reference, as the new job will be a much greater one if ever I need to change from there. I know it's a breach of contract as I have read enough about it but given the circumstance, should I just walk out?