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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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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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Sacked after 6 months [closed]

I had stress back in November last year and due to that fell asleep at work with a client. I got a formal for it. April 3rd this year another client said that I was closing my eyes in her call. So ...
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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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Working remotely for a US employer while in UK with student dependent visa [closed]

I am an Indian staying in UK with a student dependent visa with full work permit. A US company want to hire me to work remotely in UK as Software Engineer. They don’t have operations in UK. Can they ...
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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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Can a company ask for or force you to return your bonus?

I work for a UK building materials manufacturer. Whilst sales were slower than normal over the last 12 months (for obvious reasons) and we didn't get our regular annual bonus, we are getting a small &...
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Disclosure obligations to employers: UK full-time salaried employee intending to take up additional paid employment 20% with a non-competing business

I recently started working full-time (i.e. 37.5 to 40 hours per week) in the UK as a permanent employee of a UK-based private organisation, with monthly salary paid through BACS to my UK bank account. ...
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Boss used my sensitive PII data without authorisation

I work on the CRM system in a large recruitment agency in the UK. I applied for several jobs through job boards and spoke to a recruiter from the same agency as we work for and we discussed what I was ...
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Can my employer enforce health and safety rules on me outside of work hours

I live in the UK and current COVID restrictions have relaxed so that you can meet people indoors at restaurants/bars etc. The Government rule is that its should be no more than 6 people at a table, or ...
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Is it reasonable to ask to work from home when I feel unsafe due to the risk of catching COVID on my commute and at my work?

I currently travel through London in order to work at my boss’s home office. If you’ve ever commuted on London trains in rush hour, you will know that they can become very crowded- not necessarily the ...
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Can I leave before serving my *voluntary* notice period (with the notice period required by my contract already being served)

Location: UK In January, I made the decision to hand in my notice of resignation for the sake of my mental wellbeing - the stress became too much for me to bare, and after a number of attempts to ...
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How do I negotiate a higher salary for an EL role in my position?

I'm in the UK and I've been working in a pensions consultancy as an actuarial analyst for 5 months. This is all the corporate experience I have, as I graduated in 2020 and previous positions are less ...
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"Working for another company" clause in contract

In my previous job I applied a small bit of Python code that I had previously developed during my academic studies. I made clear that the IP was mine and that, because I generated it in the past, the ...
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Discrimination based on name, is it a reason for rejection in UK? [closed]

I applied for an entry level for a company based in UK. I have been rejected and they did not give me any reason. Despite the fact that I have a PhD and 2 years work experience in the same role. They ...
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UK: Email agreements on top of contract?

I've received a official offer from a company, but haven't yet seen a contract. One of the things I want to ask about is that there are some parts we've discussed via email that offer more ...
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Will I get in trouble for applying directly to a company when a recruiter previously put me forward for a different position?

A recruiter put me forward for a position several months ago, and I never heard back. I'd seen the job ad around and I believe he probably put my CV forward quite late in the process when they'd ...
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How to convince company that I want to do this course while saving my job

I have been out of work for 6 months and had been living on some of my savings and my wife's family helping us, I took some 40 interviews with tech test but failed, 41st I got the job. I had been ...
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Spent many years pursuing PhD but left with a Masters. How to present on the CV?

After ~8 years doing it I decided to quit my PhD and do something else. I left with a Masters certificate at the time, thinking it was at least better than nothing, in terms official documents. Since ...
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What’s the best strategy to negotiate as a group?

We are a team of seven and, due to the pandemic, have been working from home for over a year. Our boss is not a fan of remote work; however, at least three of us would like to continue working from ...
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Can I stop my employer from shortening my 3-month notice period if I resign?

I have a three month long notice period. If I hand over notice to employer, will I be able to enforce 3 months notice and stop my employer from unreasonably shortening it? Because of the three month ...
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Embedded Software Engineer jobs in London, UK [closed]

I have a CS degree from a London university, but pursued a computer networking career path rather than programming. After many years, I'm thinking of getting back into programming. More specifically, ...
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Pay during Notice period

I have given my employer a month notice whilst on furlough. I worked as a bar manager but started a new job a week after I handed my notice in. My old employer is refusing to pay me my months notice ...
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Do I have a case for workplace harassment? [closed]

I work in the UK for a small company. I have accepted another job offer starting soon. I have felt that the environment and culture of the agency is shockingly inappropriate and has made me feel ...
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Is opting out of "fun" office charity activites socially and professionally acceptable in a small company?

Note: this questions is specifically about charity activity and not social events generally. I work in a small startup which recently grew to 14 people which apparently seems to be enough for "...
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Back-channel reference checks : what can be done if you find out?

Back-channel reference checks can cost you a job. If you find out / get verbal confirmation that a former colleague did NOT recommend you for a new job, is there anything that can/should be done about ...
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Employer modifying verbal agreement [closed]

I found an internal vacancy at my company and contacted the manager of the team (Steve) to have an informal discussion about the job, the team, etc. Realizing it was a good fit, we had more formal ...
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Why would recruiter reach out to me on LinkedIn with an "opportunity", then ask for a call before giving me details of the opportunity in writing?

I have a profile on LinkedIn which gets me contact with recruiters who often send me job specs. This works great as I can read the spec, look at the salary and the company and very quickly see if it's ...
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Can my employer ask me to sign a clawback part-way through training? [closed]

I'm currently in my final year of a sponsored degree. Our company is facing mass redundancies, but I'm confident my job is safe. I never signed a contract agreeing to a clawback to pay back my ...
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Am I entitled to payment in lieu of notice during probation period?

I started my 3 month probation period on 7th January, it ends in April. I received my 2nd pay on 24th February which was paid up to 28th February. I was off sick on 11th February following my first ...
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Employer is terminating my notice period early without consent

Last week I handed in my resignation. In my contract it stipulates that the company can terminate employment given one month's written notice and the employee given three months’ notice. My contract ...
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What should I do when company policies hinder work efficiency?

Recently I started a contract and after joining I was told that we have to work using remote desktop, so I use my PC to login to another PC in the city they are which has made development slow as hell....
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Exemptions from wearing a face covering [closed]

I was made exempt from wearing a mask by my doctor. I have a letter. However my employer has stated that there are no exceptions and sent me home. They said I would be on sick pay, however because I ...
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Omitted less than 2 week employment from 5 years ago in background check which will almost certainly be found

As the title suggests, I've recently filled out a background check form for a new job and in the employment section I omitted an employment from 5 years ago that lasted just under two weeks. That ...
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How to respond to recruiters after a month of them contacting me?

Some recruiters contacted me just over a month ago either by message or phone call. I have not responded to them because of extenuating circumstances regarding my health and other's close to me. One ...
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Leaving job on/ before end of maternity leave

I would like to get a technical insight on option of leaving the job on end of maternity leave / back to work day. Due to some personal family reasons after maternity I am currently in dilemma of ...

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