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

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Asked to repay costs of training if I leave within 12 months

Very briefly, In the UK, I've been asked to sign a document stating I will repay the cost of a training course if I leave the company in the year following it. Am I being unreasonable to refuse to ...
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How can I get written proof?

I work a part-time job (weekends only) in a takeaway for some extra cash (and free food). I have had years of experience (on and off) within this business and they asked me to come back. Upon arrival,...
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Can I use my English name when applying for a job?

I am Chinese and I am applying for graduate jobs in the UK. Is it ok to use my English name when applying for jobs?
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Can I resign if given a “second chance” (UK)?

I broke my contract. I had a meeting with my boss where at the start of the meeting he intended to terminate me immediately. At the end of the meeting he decided to suspend me for two days and bring ...
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Bright Apprentice not being taken seriously

We had an apprentice join our team in late 2017, this is the first time an apprentice has been given a rotation in the Software Development Team so it's a new concept to everyone. For the purposes of ...
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Management falsifying project time billed to client

I'm asking this question on behalf of a friend who works for a large IT company. The company has a large contract with one of their clients. Within this contract, they get a number of smaller ...
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Manager Prioritising Colleagues holidays

Background: So I work in a company where we have flexi time and our holidays are first come first serve. It's in the policy of the company. I work with 2 other developers but our manager (for obvious ...
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Is it unprofessional to car share?

To save some money, my colleague and I decided to start car sharing to and from work. Our workplace operates a flexible working policy between 7 and 7 and we often come in early and leave early to ...
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Not being told what happens after placement

I've been working as an apprentice for the last 1 and a half years in a programming/web development role. I'm really enjoying the company that I work in and would like to continue after my ...
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How to talk to client who refuses to pay for freelance work

I worked on a project which was advertised by a UK company as an internship after applying online. When I started this project, I quickly requested for a contract but I was given excuses as to why it ...
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Irrelevant feedback after job interview

I had an interview for a very large company. Following this interview a few of my ex-colleagues had told me they were aware of other people who had gone in for this job and some current colleagues of ...
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Can I be forced to take paid leave on a day when the office is closed?

My company is having a summer party at our corporate office which is 49.6 miles away from the office I work in. This is happening on a Friday, when I have already scheduled the Monday off because I am ...
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1answer
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Should I disclose an interim temporary job that I took up between acceptance and joining new employment?

I am based out of the UK. I received a conditional offer from a large public sector organisation for a permanent role in the beginning of July, which I accepted. The instructions on the letter state ...
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Are there consequences for applying for an internal post and being rejected?

first question here - despite being a frequent visitor for however many years. An internal post (Within my current workplace) was advertised which I'm very comfortable in the field - but not ...
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1answer
508 views

Employer responses to signing off [closed]

I work in UK academia in a moderately senior position and am already planning to change jobs as I am overwhelmingly stressed at work. I have recently seen a doctor and they have recommended signing me ...
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2answers
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Returning to work after 2 week medical break due to mental health issues

Background A week ago I was prescribed to take 2 weeks off by my doctor. This was/is due to mental health issues I was experiencing which got overwhelming at the time. I am still seeking and waiting ...
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9answers
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Is it ok for me to spend all day working for a prospective employer as part of the interview process?

I've been looking for work for 3 months now, while I do have some weakness I do have a set of technologies that is rare. I tried to give many exercises test but this one is different. The potential ...
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1answer
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Probation period extended [closed]

I started my job in April 8th 2018, so now it's been 3 months. My manager wants to extend this probation another 3 months, which I understand (but I don't agree) The thing is I haven't signed any ...
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6answers
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Can an employer reject a job application based on not having a passport? [closed]

I was contacted by a company after providing them my CV. After that, a few weeks down the line they asked me what my status is in the UK and stated they need this information for a security clearance. ...
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1answer
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Being targeted in the workplace [closed]

I am a team leader in my company and have recently had an argument with a cell leader that is below me. They do not like the fact that I am telling them off for not following rules! Now they have ...
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18answers
29k views

How can I address being paid less than my male colleagues with similar or lesser roles in my company?

I am a female developer that has been working at a company for two years. Last November I asked for a £3500 pay rise which I believe will put me inline for what I should be paid for my role. I was ...
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7answers
14k views

Being made redundant, but asked to do contract work after finishing — how should I negotiate my contracting rate?

I was recently given notice that I am being made redundant- basically because my employer is losing one of their main clients- and am set to finish working at the end of this week. I don't have ...
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1answer
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Will being dismissed from work affect dbs check in England [closed]

The offence was sleeping on wake night duty. Work with vulnerable adults. The police was not involved. Disciplinary meeting lead to summary dismissed. My other question is will they state it in my ...
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I made a claim against my previous employer underpaying me. Now they threaten my career. [UK] [closed]

I handed in my resignation to my old employer on May the 8th. I started my new job on June the 11th. Later in June, I received a letter saying they won't be paying me. I argued it and it's not an ...
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4answers
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Two recruiters have contacted me about the same position. One suggests the other is unreliable. How do I handle this?

I'm currently looking for work, and have been contacted by two recruiters about the same position. The first one asked me to confirm that I'm not in contact with anyone else regarding the same company,...
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2answers
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How to work with a senior colleague that you have bad chemistry with?

I work as a junior-ish software developer in a small team inside a fairly large company. We've recently hired a new senior software developer. He is very good at what he does, with lots more ...
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Should I ask for a pay rise every year?

Is it unprofessional, or at least not recommended, to ask year on year for a pay rise? My performance is consistently being rated as achieving the expected standard or higher in my performance ...
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Ask for quick response in job interview due to current job commitments

I have been offered an interview in 2 weeks time for a role in a different city. It is essentially the same as my current job except with a higher salary and is in a better field (for me). The ...
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2answers
772 views

Unfair dismissal, what do you think? [closed]

My friend got an unfair dismissal; what do you think? My friend has worked in an IT field in a medium size organisation in UK for over 15 months. Recently he was given a disciplinary hearing to ...
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12answers
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How can I build reputation online as a programmer when my work is private? [duplicate]

I've been working as a programmer for around 12 years. I've worked for 4 different companies (including where I am now) all of which have a good reputation. I have a LinkedIn account but due to the ...
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Side effects of asking co-worker to review your CV

I have this co-worker who is really clever and to the details, he knows how to structure a sentence to win the game. Assuming they won't going to have any problem reviewing my CV, could it lead to ...
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1answer
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Does a competency process appear on an HR reference?

I have been looking for jobs for a while because I am struggling with aspects of my current one and have given up trying to resolve them with my line manager. I have been informed that my current ...
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7answers
13k views

CEO is crossing professional-personal boundaries in their requests to me [closed]

I am a manager for a small company in the UK. We are owned by a larger (but still small in terms of staff) company in another country - a country with a very different business culture. I have ...
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How can I make a lazy/busy person respond to my email? [duplicate]

Imagine I sent an email with a question to a person working in the UK in an organisation with relaxed work standards. Technically it is his responsibility to reply but in reality I cannot complain to ...
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6answers
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Manager not completing forms required for my partner to sit for exams

TL;DR: Partner might no be able to sit exams due to manager refusing/ignoring having to "sign off" her logbook, meaning she wouldn't qualify for a higher senior salary for at least another 6 months. ...
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How to handle my manager asking me to do something possibly unethical? [closed]

I was asked to implement a new feature in a piece of our software for users to be able to schedule themselves for deletion (we auto-remove expired users with an automated overnight process). If a user ...
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3answers
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Being made redundant- is it appropriate to ask for compensation?

I have been in my current Software Developer role for just over a year. The company is a small one- 7 employees in total, 5 full time & 2 part time. Yesterday, the owner/ director asked to speak ...
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Ignored during introductions to the team

At my office it is customary when a new person is hired that they are shown around and introduced to all of the team and everyone gives a quick explanation of their job role. Today a new team ...
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Not paid for work, contract promised but not given

My partner recently was offered a job at a corner store which she was delighted about - and I was too, she's been struggling to find work for months now (art graduate, lack of available art jobs). ...
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1answer
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Process of taking a leave of absence due to severe anxiety

I have made an appointment with my GP with the objective of them providing me with a leave of absence due to the severe anxiety I have. Can I ask if anyone has had any experience with this - what ...
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How should I handle offhand sexist “banter” in the workplace?

Our rather small company shares a slack channel with our larger parent company. Today I came in to work to find that one of the employees of the parent company had posted a "joke" about the upcoming ...
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Employer is trying to fire me after I have resigned

Firstly I would really appreciate any help that anyone can give me. I have resigned from the company that I work with and have given my notice in. I will soon leave said company however my employer ...
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Why do recruitment agencies contact managers with unsolicited telephone calls?

We receive multiple calls each week from recruitment agencies with which we've had no prior dealing, looking to "introduce themselves" and offer candidates. This would be understandable if they were ...
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Determining employment end date on resume

On 1/17, I was told in writing by my last employer that my job has ended today but I am entitled to payment in lieu of notice for the next 6 months, and so I was kept on the payroll from 1/17 to 4/24. ...
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Can I take my annual holiday before leaving workplace? [duplicate]

I conveniently joined the company when they just reset their holiday leave, so I have 25 days remaining. However, I think I'm going to leave. Should I take all 25 days before I hand in my notice? P....
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Need insight- recruiter reporting to employer that employee resume is in circulation

We have a contract recruiter and her job is only to find talent when asked and she recently reported to a senior director that she came across an employee's resume. Is it ethical for her to even be ...
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1answer
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HR did not ask for passport during inverview [closed]

Today I went through an assessment day for a Graduate Software Engineer position. The whole process consisted of around 5 interviews including behavioural as well as technical ones. In the last ...
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Dismissed long after probation period

I worked at a small company during the Christmas period. My probation ended in December but the company didn't dismiss me till late January. Was the employer allowed to do this? I know it's a bit ...
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How to start conversation about building a team

I'm working as a part of a team, however my actual work is related to tasks focusing around 3 or more separate teams, such as a solution architect in an IT environment. Since there is a lot of work ...
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Withdraw from job before starting [duplicate]

I am in the UK and am about to start a short term contract that I would like to back out off. My employment contract is for two months, I have no probation period and there is no notice period ...