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Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs, or laws in the United Kingdom.

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Should I say on my cover letter that I am the first in extended family to go to university?

Considering the theme of equal opportunities companies (purport to) care about, is mentioning that I am the first person in my entire family to go to university a bad idea? It leaves a bad taste in my ...
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Providing proof of searching for work for a background check

I live in the UK and recently received a job offer, which was conditional on passing a background check. As part of this, they requested my employment/education history for the past few years, however ...
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Appropriate time to ask about salary and benefits for internship?

I have an interview for a software development internship tomorrow, and I'm unsure about when to ask about 1. how much it will be paid, if at all, and 2. if there is pro rata paid time off for holiday....
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Is pointing finger in meeting consider bad?

I am not a native British but generally in a large group when we want something from someone, we point out to them or say name, so in our scrum meeting (as it is large), I pointed out X to sit me with ...
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Got an offer for a job with a fixed salary but “not fixed” hours. How to protect myself from potential exploitation?

I'm UK based. Just got an offer for a job where my hours would be flexible and "not fixed", but with a guaranteed annual pay. The job is in a startup - when applying I was well aware that it wouldn't ...
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Should I proceed to persue a job, or am I being used as free labor?

So I have been looking for jobs recently and was contacted by a place that I had sent my CV to. The company director asked me to come in and I had a informal 1-2-1 with him in which we just met and ...
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Are my creations, made outside of office hours, the property of my employer? [closed]

I understand that this question has probably been asked many times before but, every contract is different. Anyway, due to my company being taken over by another, we are being issued new contracts, ...
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How can I encourage a colleague to use a more productive communication style?

I'm working with a remote colleague who is an expert in a technology we use in our current project. Often there are minor communication issues, some things get lost in translation etc. Nothing too ...
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Withdrawing a job offer by employee after having accepted it (in the UK)

I know it is not ethical to do so (I mean withdrawing a job offer by me as an employee after having accepted it) and I won't be proud of it but my interests are more important now. So I got a job ...
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Differential Noticeperiod issue

I have had a Limited company UK contract, with an Agency and worked at their end-client. After working for a few months, my role was suddenly terminated by the client (i.e. the end client, no reason ...
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Permanent employee leaving immedialty without any notice [closed]

An year into a job role, are there any sort of complications to immediately leaving a permanent position, when in contract employee is required to give 3 months notice ?
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My teammates are all unhappy with their raise, but I know I got more than them. How to handle?

I have just come back after one month break from work (this is relevant) and am faced with a bit of a strange situation. This is in the UK. Whilst I was away there was pay review meetings at work ...
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How to get advertised salary when applying for jobs through recruitment company

Here's a thought that occurred to me whilst applying for jobs recently. I have been approached by 3rd party recruiter, who offered me different jobs, I have successfully completed the recruitment ...
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Annual Leave Entitlement

I started a new job in December for a company that works in the UK Higher Education sector. I was told I'd get 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays and closure days (another 14) giving me 34... ...
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Work from home just for parents and carers - possibility of change?

There is this job ad that I'm interested in: https://stackoverflow.com/jobs/268900/senior-frontend-engineer-tessian and it says 1 WFH day/wk for parents & carers g'teed. This is sort of a deal ...
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I'm being hired as the first employee of a pre-seed startup. How to approach negotiating terms of my employment, remuneration etc?

I've have a couple successful conversations with two founders of a b2b hw/sw tech solution startup and they let me know that they'd like to "progress things further". I'm guessing at this point that ...
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Contesting fake poor performance [closed]

Worked as a web developer in a start up company for 4 years after I graduated. I was taken to a disciplinary for poor performance after the 4th year when things started to sour with management. I am ...
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Company claims mistake, wants to change contract unilaterally

I recently started with a large MNC. When I joined they sent me a contract which had been signed by their CEO, I signed it and returned it. A couple of weeks later my new colleagues were chatting over ...
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Removing long term experience off CV

My first role upon graduating was working in a start up for 4 years as a Software engineer. Unfortunately things really soured with Senior management after the 4th year causing me to resign and move ...
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Conditional offer terms

Been offered a role at very high profile corporate brand, where in the offer email it’s explicitly stated that confirmation of start date is sent subject to terms and conditions. A confirmation ...
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Are fixed-term interns entitled to annual leave?

I recently started an internship which I am enjoying. However I received my contract a few days into starting the work (although the pay was agreed beforehand). Now my internship duration as ...
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Open office space - complaints for noise - how to respond

I work in a big corporate office and a slightly more senior colleague of mine under a different reporting line, with maybe ~25 years in the industry, Alice, has twice complained to me about how loud I ...
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Contract notice period of 12 months, but cant submit notice period before set date(legal?)

New contract offered. Terms of which dictate a 12 month notice period for both parties, however "such notice may only be served to expire on or after month here 2022". This effectively means a 12 ...
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Professional certification break clause and remuneration

I work for a company where I can obtain some professional certification, however as with most companies I will need to repay the cost of the training if I leave, which is fair. I have been asked ...
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How to go about re-negotiating salary after moving department

How do I approach my new manager to renegotiate my salary, not long after transitioning from another department ? I used to work in a department that was set up to run a specific project. The project ...
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Dismissed on grounds of misconduct, without police involvement

If I am dismissed from my job at a Care Home on grounds of misconduct - but there is no police involvement - will this be detrimental to future criminal records checks (aka CRB check) for similar ...
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How would a developer who mostly fixed bugs for years at a company call out their contributions in their CV?

Looking at several CV writing blogs and tutorials, everyone suggests to call out your contributions something like this: Developed project X with 50$ million profit. Developed this application ...
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Is it standard to have the first week's pay indefinitely withheld?

I have been recently offered a new job (software development, permanent, UK) after successful interviews, everything has seemed fine up until one point raised in the offer email which strikes me as ...
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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

I'm asking about companies'/managers' reasoning in general, rather than about the policy of a specific company. This is something I've come across a number of times, in/about various different ...
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Long notice period for fixed term contract; is it appropriate? [closed]

I am evaluating the first employment contract in the UK for a mid senior position as a software and algorithm developer. They offered me a fixed-term contract for 3 years with a 3 months period notice....
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Should I communicate in my applications that I'm unemployed out of choice rather than because nobody will have me?

I've recently quit my grad school and I'm on a lookout for jobs. My CV seems to be in quite a high demand if the amount of calls from recruiters is anything to judge it by. I've not been employed for ...
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Is it a breach of confidentiality for a UK manager to tell others of my resignation?

I resigned in writing from my position yesterday afternoon and have been working away from the office and my colleagues today. I received a message today from a colleague saying they are sorry to hear ...
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Can a company back out after accepting a signed offer

A firm sent me and offer, I accepted the offer and this acceptance was acknowledged by the firm After a few weeks, I got a call from the firm informing me that the offer is still pending approval ?
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Boss is telling me I MUST stay later than contracted hours

Recently my boss' boss (We shall call them X) held a meeting with my whole department, he does this about once a month. During this meeting the clarified that our contracted hours were 9.00 until 16....
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New job to begin Monday has been rescinded due to 'incorrect employment dates' - this is my response, what do you think? [closed]

Today my dream died. After the enthralling experience of meeting yourself and the entire team, all I have dreamt of since being given an offer was working with all of you. Sadly, this was not meant ...
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How to guarantee commitments made by email appear in a contract?

I got a job offer after a successful interview - I then got an email stating that the pay will start at £30k for one month, due to the company wanting to avoid higher recruiter fees. After 5 months it ...
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Verbally agreed notice period - What do I do?

I gave notice to my HR Manager that I wanted to leave my job because of a new job offer. We verbally agreed on 4 weeks notice, even though my contract says that I should work a minimum of 3 months ...
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Is it reasonable to ask my company to reduce my notice period after agreeing to a longer one?

Here is the situation I am in. I have recently handed my notice in and I have a 3 month long notice period to serve (I know, it's an insanely long period). During my exit interview I was asked by HR ...
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Staff medical form - disclosing methadone treatment

I work at a small (dozen or so employees) web dev agency in UK. I have been asked to fill in an employee data form, which includes the usual emergency contact, and also a medical section which asks ...
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Preventing unsolicited recruiter calls

I believe I have some form of social anxiety. I'm uncomfortable speaking to people on the phone, especially people I haven't met, and I'm also uncomfortable meeting new people - especially in the ...
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Employment contract and expected hours worked (UK)

In an employment contract it states the minimum number of hours which is 37.5 which appears to be the standard, however it also states that some flexibility is necessary and from time to time the ...
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How much information do previous employers give to prospective employers?

Reading this question, I came across the staement: I know they are going to confirm degree with previous employer In my experience, in the UK, most previous employers will only confirm that the ...
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Expected time to become proficient at mid-level role?

I appreciate this may be fairly opinion based (and of course will vary from company to company), however - I'm hoping there may be some general rules of thumb in terms of what a hiring manager would ...
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UK Contract - Notice in lieu pay [closed]

I had a Limited company UK contract, with Agency & worked at their end-client. After working for few months . It was suddenly terminated by the hiring manager (i.e. the end client,, no reason ...
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Can a prospective employer find out about someone's past sick record?

My wife has been working at the same UK office for about five years but recently the atmosphere has turned toxic. Some of it is due to increased workload for all involved, but most of it is caused by ...
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Can a startup still succeed despite inexpert management? [closed]

I currently work for a tech startup of roughly 50 employees, about half of whom are in the tech/product team. I myself am a developer in the tech team. The company completed Series A funding about 6 ...
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At what point to express interest in a part-time job in a new job hunting? What to keep in mind when negotiating it?

I'm currently looking for jobs and I would love for it to be a four-day affair (reduced hours, not full hours squeezed into fewer days). I value free time way more than the money I can get for it and ...
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How to deal with microaggressions from senior employees in a new workplace in London?

I came across the term 'microaggression' during the HR session of my current company's new recruit on-boarding, and I think I am facing this behaviour in my current team. I would like to know the best ...
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Being held hostage to pass my probation

Yesterday I had a meeting with management about my probationary period. Today is has been 4 months since I started at the company but the probationary period is supposed to be 3 months. I didn't ...
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My potential new manager is asking sensitive information from my references [closed]

I'm applying for a job in Marketing in England. My potential new manager asked my age on the phone interview. I let it go as he is not originally from here. But it got to a point where he is now ...