My partner is looking to get into her first accounting job.
She had an interview for a role.
She was successful and was told she would be working mostly from home (which sounds too good) and they would provide the equipment (A laptop and whatnot).
Today she was told they want to take her but she would have to pay a £99 deposit for the equipment they will give her, because in the past people had taken the job and equipment and quit shortly after taking the equipment with them.
This sounds odd to me for a number of reasons
- If they trust her to do the job why dopn't they trust her not to steal the equipment?
- Why wouldn't they take it off the first salary?
- It's company equipment, keeping the laptop could be considered theft and she would be prosecuted?
The company is listed in government records but their balance sheet was £600 last year although they had just been funded the year prior.
They have a website but are otherwise impossible to find, apparently they are mostly acquiring clients on fairs, at least that's what their facebook profile suggests. The owner also has a facebook profile where she occasionally writes things about accounting.
I find this extremely fishy but seeing it optimistically it could be legit.
The company seems to be very small so I could understand that this is a risk for them but asking for an upfront payment is suspicious.
Is this common (in the UK)? Would it be common or acceptable to take it off the first salary?