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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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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 ...
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Can I change my notice period while on maternity leave?

I have told my current employer that at the end of my maternity leave (June 1st) I will not be returning to work. They have sent me an official acceptance of resignation letter. I have now been ...
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Did I make a mistake by ccing email to boss to others?

I am a new (3 months) software developer in a smallish software company (10 people). I've been given a new project which has complex and poorly documented requirements, and I've been asked to speak to ...
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Working till 3AM for a deadline; I want to take next day off as leave, but manager insists I take sick day

I'm in the UK, I requested a day of annual leave for the day after a deadline (~3 weeks time) which will result in an estimated 4AM finish for me (could be earlier or later, so 2AM-5AM). I will be the ...
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Job offer accepted - start date is being delayed [closed]

I just finished a job and managed to secure an another one through the agency. It was very usual process with series of interviews, later email with an offer and my final job acceptance. Communication ...
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Terminating IT contractor [closed]

Hi we recently took on an IT contractor at a senior level, he did pass a coding test and was interviewed and discussed technologies we used to see if he was familiar with them, which he said he was. ...
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Formal warning over late setup of AV equipment [closed]

I was recently asked to setup AV equipment the following morning by my line manager as I was leaving the office. I expressed that I had no access to this building, but was informed that it would be ...
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Will I accrue holidays whilst working notice? [closed]

I am leaving my current position and working 4 weeks' notice. Last day of employment will be 22nd March. Holiday year runs 1st Jan -> 31st Dec Notice handed in 25th Feb I have been told I will have ...
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Job application in UK: using US style resume or not

I am planning to apply for jobs in UK (hopefully London). I am currently working as a data scientist in the US. Should I change the style of my resume to UK CV style? Or, should I apply with the same ...
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Line-manager is denying me training as an apprentice and has started threatening & bullying me

I've been working as a graphic design apprentice for the past 10 months. Part of the requirement for me to pass is to take 20% off the job training. My line-manager initially asked me if I could work ...
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Can a contract abruptly end? [closed]

Today I had my review and the manager told me they are ending the contract because budget has been slashed. Whereas as per my contract it still got 4 months to go. Is it normal for companies to cut a ...
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Legal obligation for agents to report contractor NI numbers to HMRC [closed]

I have been offered a six month contract, as a PSC (personal services company). The recruiter has asked for my NI number, to which I responded "Do one". However, they insisted that they have a legal ...
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Uncomfortable work area and equipment

I work in a petrol station and our whole working area is dreadful, you would have to see it to believe it. Our seating at the tills causes great discomfort, for instance our monitors and view over the ...
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Am I on probation / what are my options (internal promotion) UK

I live and work in the UK I've worked for a company for 4 and a half years being promoted a couple of times in the role I was in. I moved departments on the 30th April 2018 the job offer email stated ...
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How do you leave a job with a three month notice period?

I've just accepted a job as a senior developer. In my contract it says that my notice period is three months. In the past I've always had 4 weeks or one month, which is standard for office jobs in ...
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Dealing with late payment

Lately, I been getting paid late. I asked a question about it here, but it has been 1-2 late now every month, while contract say "last date of each month and if weekend fall on the last date, the last ...
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Reneging on a signed contract, but haven't started work yet (UK) [duplicate]

Yesterday I accepted a job offer and signed a contract for that offer. However today I have received a offer that is many magnitudes better, I wasn't expecting it to come in at all. Is it legal to ...
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Must you put an employee on PIP when they are still on probation?

Do you have to put a new employee who is not performing on PIP when they are still on probation? HR states that an employee must be put on PIP even though they are on probation, Is this a must for ...
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How to verify claims of entrepreneurial success in interview?

We are an early stage startup looking to hire our first senior developer (other than myself). One applicant who applied and interviewed has no higher education or employment past sixth-form college (...
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Called in sick my first week. Should I expect to be paid?

I was supposed to start a new job last week but on Monday I had a nasty case of diarrhea and decided to stay at home. I sent an apologetic email to the new company and they seemed to understand. My ...
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How to address prior difficulties when reapplying to a job

A few years ago, I had an internship at a software company. For the first part of the internship, my performance was good, and I was making positive progress. At around the second half, there was a ...
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How to negotiate contract extension to 3 months without disclosing reason?

I recently started contracting as a software developer. After some difficulty I have signed my first contract which is due to start soon, for an initial 3 months. I have decided that in another 6-7 ...
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Can I keep burn cream in the first aid box? [closed]

My workplace is in the UK and I'm the first-aider. There's no company policy which stops us from keeping burn cream (e.g. savlon), but HR have voiced concerns about potential legal issues, so I've ...
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How to rectify wrong hours mentioned in contract after discovering it 6 months onwards?

I been working with a company as a contractor for 6 months, now there is a new requirement to fill timesheet of "How many hours I spend in office", and fill in the previous (January) month as well. ...
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UK - does this “Outside interests ” clause pertain to working hours only?

I was reviewing a contract before signing and found this clause: 4.1 Subject to clause 4.3, during the course of your employment you shall not, except as a representative of the Company or with ...
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Is it ethical to apply for a job on someone's behalf? [closed]

Background My partner is at a stage in their life where they need to enter the world of work, but they don't know what type of job they want nor do they have the drive to make their mind up and ...
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Is reasonable right to privacy interpreted solely by policy, or are there limits within UK Law as to what is permitted? [closed]

We have a Data Protection Officer who is quite senior; and should, on paper, know the intricacies of EU/UK Data Law. However, they often make questionable choices that are challenged by other ...
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Can continuous employment be reset with a change of role?

For an established employee (not a contractor) taking a change of role at the same employer, and signing a new contract, is the employer allowed to 'reset' the start date for continuous employment ...
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Interview Qs (eg 'dealing with difficult people', 'X happens - how to respond?') when many of my experiences are from an extreme environment

I have around 15 years working experience already so I'm not a workplace newbie, but I've never actually "prepared" for an interview or role-played answers or anything like that (I just turn up and ...
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I'm moving job role, however they have said i will not get a new contract

I have been in my current role for around 3 years. I have been accepted for an inter-company transfer to a different department. My current contract is 40 hours per week and is based on 12 hour ...
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Can you discriminate on hiring due to another country's immigration policies? [closed]

Consider the following hypothetical scenario (the question applies to the UK but could be interesting more broadly). Someone applies for a job, part of which requires travel to the US. However the ...
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How to renegotiate permanent job into a contract

I have been working with a company for less then a year as a permanent employee, I'm on a good salary and have passed my probation period. They have lots of projects going on and they already hired a ...
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Better to leave or be made redundant?

I have been working at my company (in the UK) for over a year but less than 24 months and I understand this affects my current rights regarding being made redundant. Lately I've gotten the impression ...
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Service Delivery Manager making threats

I am an IT Technician working for a company in the UK. Last year, a project over ran by 3 weeks and the Project Manager was sacked as a result. I was also involved, but as a pawn I only had my ...
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How to deal with a colleague who makes personal jokes about my appearance?

I've worked with an engineering consultancy firm for a little over 2 years now, on a team of approximately 15 people. I’m one of three graduates on the team and there’s one guy (we’ll call him John), ...
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Probably going to be sacked after requesting to work remotely

I am a software engineer and I am finally taking the plunge to work remotely full time. I've been working for the company for just under 2 years and have never had any issues whilst working there. ...
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Whether to include age 18 exams on CV when I also have a degree from a typically non-traditional route (Open University)? UK

Background: I left school age 18 with good grades in the usual exams (A-levels, and GCSEs before that, for those familiar with the UK style system). Most of my peers opted to go to a standard ...