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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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How to use an external job offer to get a pay rise at current company? (UK)

I am from the UK as I understand culture might influence the answers. I have seen some questions similar asked here but I think there are some nuances that should permit this question being asked. ...
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Invited to give talk, but want to refuse

I'm currently WFH and I feel a bit embarrassed about how tentative I have been about returning to normal life (which is largely due to my elderly father and girlfriend, whom I both live with, being ...
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Can a restrictive covenant agreement be applied after handing in notice?

I have a question regarding restricted covenant agreements. I work for a company that recently phoenixed from an old company. The new contract which I have signed also has a separate document for a ...
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Responding to a colleague who is blunt

I work in development and I shared my code for help in internal messaging channel with 100 developers and one of my colleagues said he is "worried about my way of working/code". He has made ...
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Can my boss pretend to be me to access work computer and private messages? [closed]

I’m new here! This is related to UK ICO/Employment Law. I am office based. A complaint was made by a colleague in another department about their team mate (they suspected that our work msg service (...
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Should I hand in my notice at my current employer without a contract from my new employer? (UK)

I currently have a 2 month notice period so given the current agreed upon start date with my new employer I'd have to give my notice in tomorrow. However, I am yet to have received a written contract ...
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Client/Agent pulled the plug following pre-employment check failure - UK based

Hopefully I'll benefit for some sound advice up here and/or guidance. I was offered a role and the starting date was finalised and agreed. I started the onboarding process and submitted all the ...
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How to handle emotionally, a chronically irritable manager?

This is in the context of a UK work culture. I work in a small isolated team with a chronically irritable manager. I wouldn't go as far as to describe him as angry but he's certainly not merely abrupt/...
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Whose responsibility is it to buy licenses for software used, employee or employer?

Simple question, but this has been a persistent problem. Is it the employee's responsibility to buy licenses that are needed for software used at work, or the employer's? If the employee raises the ...
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If a small UK business makes staff work in dangerous conditions, what realistic routes exist to try and forcibly change that?

Its common around here, to see people being essentially made to work when health and safety law says they shouldn't, from employer pressure. Two examples: people made to work despite inadequate work ...
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How to reply to request for current salary [duplicate]

I am based in the UK and I was contacted yesterday by a job recruiter. We had a pleasant chat where she explained what the role was. We discussed everything including salary requirements, but when she ...
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I've been given an unfair amount of work and don't know how to deal with it?

For the past six weeks I have been temping at a medium-sized lawfirm (just under 100 employees) as a three month contract assistant practice manager/admin position. It was a last minute position as my ...
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Converting salaries from Ireland to UK

I am planning to move from Dublin, Ireland to the UK. My base salary is about € 80,000 before tax and I have benefits like health insurance and retirement contribution from the employer. I have seen ...
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Notice Period during Probation Time - Confusion

I am still on my probation and would like to quit, but I don't understand if my notice period is 1 week as per Clause 10.2 or 4 weeks Clause 10.3. I want to leave asap so I want to give 1 week of ...
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Is it legal for a UK company to withhold salary increase if employment contract change is not accepted?

I have a UK employment contract with 2 month notice period (so far 1.5 years). In my first year, my manager sent me an excel file with some stuff to help guide my expectations around salary raises. It ...
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Damaged company equipment by accident - company now wants me to sign form

I was given company equipment some time ago to help me with my work. When I received the original equipment I signed nothing. I assumed that this was my equipment to keep - especially due to Covid etc....
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Applying for work when on "personal development plan"?

After 9 months of employment at a company, I've been told my performance needs to improve in some areas, and have been put on a personal development plan because my performance has been inconsistent ...
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Employer-provided private medical insurance start date [closed]

I started a new employment about a month ago. One of the main reasons for accepting the offer is that they offer comprehensive medical insurance. The company "benefits guide" has details of ...
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Is there a practical way for a software developer in the UK to join the reserves?

I am a mid-level software developer not currently a reservist. This link shows a case study where the reservist serves Tuesday evenings and weekends as and when required – usually one to two times a ...
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How to answer short employment stay on CV

My CV has been filled with short employments lately, I have to confess my shortcoming that I don't know what to look for in the company when researching the role/company and how to judge if it is good ...
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Employee asking compensation for working extra hours back in 1 year

I am a manager and one of my direct report surprised me in the end of the year. She told me she worked ~120 hours extra throughout this year and asking for some form of compensation. This was the ...
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How to manage salary expectations when moving to a smaller company?

I (senior software dev) have been contracting for a small tech company for the past couple of months and was recently extended an offer for the position of CTO. I was told to come back to them with a ...
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Uncertain notice period

I have been offered a new job and they are keen for me to start ASAP. I've not been at my current job very long (4.5 months) and I'm not sure how much notice to give my current employer. It is ...
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Is my employment contract invalid due to the absence of an explicitly referenced handbook? [closed]

My employment contract explicitly refers to an employee handbook for a number of issues, using the phraseology “see employee handbook”. My employer (a small company) never created an employee handbook ...
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Is it the employees responsibility to get cover for shifts and on calls when annual leave has been approved [closed]

I have joined a new NHS department where it is deemed standard to be given annual leave and then to be rotared for out of hours shifts and residential on calls over this period. Managers then tell the ...
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What are the social expectations when leaving a job in the UK?

It's the last week at my current job and I was wondering about the exact social protocols / expectations for leaving employees in the UK. I'm leaving on good terms and everyone knows it's happening. ...
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Salary Discrepancy [duplicate]

I work as a software engineer in the UK. When I applied for the job, there was no salary advertised. They are currently advertising the same role at double what I was offered. I've asked my manager if ...
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How to prevent employer from preventing me to work?

I work for a big company, and I have been responsible for a successful project. I faced bullying, harassement and ultimately nepotism - once the project was confirmed to be successful, somebody tried ...
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How to convey staffing issues to burnout-causing boss?

I have been working for a small business for 15 years on a part-time basis. Over the years I have seen a considerable turnover of staff, some of which I believe has been down to my boss (business ...
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Is there a law protecting me from being forced to carry out my old role for less money? [closed]

My business brought in a large-scale IT software product during the pandemic that I successfully interviewed to be the owner of that service, it was a 12-month secondment to the next pay/...
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Work related health [closed]

I am extremely worried about my employment, I have worked for this company for 28+ years, 22 of these years has been as a Warehouse Manager. In November 2019 I approached my employer and explained ...
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How to ask an employer for a daily allowance on a business trip [closed]

I am working for a UK-based startup from India (remote job). I am a fresher having experience of approximately six months, so I do not know how to approach a few things. I have been invited by the ...
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Screening interview with agency before company

I've been contacted by a recruiter about an IT contract role, which sounded interesting but then they called me again and said they're obviously keen to put me forward but that I'd have to do an 30m ...
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What will an occupational therapy assessment during sickness involve?

I fractured my ankle several months ago and have been absent from work during this time. I’ve had monthly HR welfare meetings / calls during this time. In the last call, an Occupational Therapy ...
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Would it be legal for an employer to fire someone who had been having an affair with his girlfriend? [closed]

Under British (specifically English) employment law, would an employer be legally allowed to fire an employee who had been having an affair with the employer's girlfriend, or would the employee be ...
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I let management know I'm looking at PhD positions, and now they want to guilt-trip me into quitting

I work as a developer at a relatively large company. I recently started applying for some PhD positions (not related to my company's field), as I feel that might be a better fit for me. My employer ...
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Not being respected at the workplace

I'm hired as a software developer at a company that has sites in multiple countries, and I was sent to the sister location in the UK to collaborate in an interesting new project. I was excited to join ...
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How common is it in British (European?) tech firms to request a payslip before extending an offer?

After passing the interview process in a well-known tech firm (London), I'm being asked for my current salary and TC (total compensation). I've always heard providing such information is a bad idea (...
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Rescinded Job Offer/Advice Help

I recently attended two interviews with a company for a position that would develop my research skills. I was excited about the position as I have been with my current employer for four years and need ...
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How do I ask permission to setup my own business without coming across 'unserious' to my employer?

This is all in the UK. I am a fairly junior software developer, and have been working for the medium-sized department of a large company for a little over 3 years now. I would like to set-up a part-...
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I resigned. Should I leave despite promises of reform? [duplicate]

I have recently reluctantly resigned from my job of 13 years. I like my job, the people I work with, the projects are interesting and the remuneration seems fair. But the company had fallen behind on ...
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Should I be paid the original advertised amount as that was substantially more than what's in my contract?

I applied to a job on a government scheme made for young people who have struggled to get a job and found this fabulous internship that offered London’s living wage on the government universal credit ...
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Is it reasonable to ask new employer for a contribution towards increased daily commute costs?

I'm interviewing for a job which would be a significant pay increase, however it would also involve travel by train which is expensive. The pay increase would be approx. £1,300/month but I'm intending ...
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Asking for extended pay at a reduced rate while relocating?

I will be starting a new job, but on a fixed-term basis (only 6 months). It's 150mi away. I have already accepted their offer. It's a government/defense role and they've been very forthcoming with ...
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Asking for increase in Relocation Package?

I recently finished my Ph.D. in the US, and after so much struggle I've found a job in a startup in the UK as a scientist. The salary offered is the annual salary of GBP 40,000 + GBP 3,500 for ...
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What can I use for proof of title in a background check?

I'm undergoing a background check (UK) and I'm afraid that I don't have a formal contract stating the title to which I was promoted (Team Lead) last year at my current job. However, I do have official ...
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Could quitting in a bad timing make my current employer not want to give me reference for BG checks in the future?

I'm in the UK and I'm about to quit the job in which I've worked for the past 3,5 years. During that time, I got promoted to the Team Lead position. Now, I'm about to quit, but the company heavily ...
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Why aren't hearing tests offered, in the same way as an eye test?

In the UK, employee benefits often include a paid-for or reimbursable sight test, once every 2 years. Packages usually provide £200, for the cost of an eye test and eyewear required to perform your ...
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Manager says I take too many sick leaves and that creates a bad perception

I work at a large company in the UK, but not a client facing role. It usually has projects to be delivered over a couple of months. I am entitled to some sick days a year, and I usually take them if I ...
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Accidentally didn't really side-step a recruiter

I was talking to a recruiter about a possible role with a company and she said she'd put me forward for it. The recruiter works with that company but not for that company, and there has not been any ...
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