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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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Managing startup, how to control stress levels?

I work in small startup company, during the sprints we have very stressful atmosphere, caused by short deadlines and underslept personnel. How can I handle or at least mitigate this situation as a ...
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Can a head teacher forbid the use of face masks in school?

Basically the opposite of this. I know someone who works in an English secondary school (ages 11 - 18), and they've said that their headteacher has forbidden staff from wearing face masks because they'...
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Negotiated a reduced notice that I think is being reneged

I recently decided to leave a position after 4 months, as it simply wasn't working out. I had a two month notice period in my contract and had found a new position already that I am eager to start. I ...
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Is it appropriate to contact the current employee regarding a job he is employed to do?

I recently applied for a role at a big firm in London. At the time of applying, I couldn't find recruiting managers contact details, so I just wrote a generic cover letter. I came across the ...
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How to correctly say, “I know this job is a step down but I'm desperate for a job in the current market so I still want it”? [duplicate]

I'm applying for a job which is a step down from my most recent job, which I got made redundant from. The job market is so brutal that I have no choice and I'll take any management job I can get at a ...
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What is considered the day I “voluntarily leave” the company? The day I give notice or my last day when notice period ends? [closed]

What is considered the day I “voluntarily leave” the company? The day I give the notice or the day I actually leave the company? Background is I have a payback agreement with my current employer that ...
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Cost Centre to Profit Centre: How to personally gain

I am a Software Engineer in a very Sales focussed company. Software Engineers are Cost Centres, Sales are Profit Centres. A product I built and own now accounts for sizeable chunk of the company's ...
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How will living outside the UK affect me and my UK employer tax-wise? How many days can be worked without impact?

I've been in the UK for more than one year, and I have been assigned a NINO and obtained the pre-settled status. During this Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to go back to my home country of Italy, but ...
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Is this a leave me alone

Pre-covid I had applied speculatively for unpaid internships and had one decision maker write back that he: really didn't have anything suitable at the current time although he: definitely ...
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Resigning due to ill health UK

I have a progressive neurological disorder - I won't be going into the details of the illness as its private and personal and quite emotive. A year ago I spoke to my then line manager, that this day ...
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Dealing with Boss's/ Senior Staff's family [closed]

I have worked and interned at small & medium size firms, ranging from 7 staff members to 100. I have noticed time and time again when family member's visit, eg for lunch, they seem to think they ...
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How to professionally decline a promotion when I want to quit?

I've been offered a promotion as several people have left/will be leaving. I've been looking for other jobs and have asked for some time to think it over. Unfortunately, I'll have to give an answer ...
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Can an employer dismiss an employee for saying they are considering leaving and might have a formal offer soon?

My wife has been offered a role within the NHS and as part of the process, they wish to contact her current employer for a reference prior to making an unconditional offer, sending the contract, and ...
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Running personal errands/ tasks for employer?

This is a pre-covid lockdown scenario, however I am still asking the question should similar situations in the future arise. Background: I was a temp maternity cover as a assistant to the Practice ...
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Career progression in Software development

I have a broad question here today might be flagged but here it goes. I am currently a software developer working with android and backend technologies in a small-medium sized company. The team is ...
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Options for UK employee being overworked without pay

I have succeeded at getting what I thought to be a great job after a grueling three-stage interview. I work with nice people doing engaging and creative work. The pay is not great but its above ...
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Etiquette of wearing a mask to an interview

For context, this is the UK where masks are encouraged in public and mandated on public transport. At the time of asking, masks were not compulsory in stores and similar locations. I have been invited ...
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UK - Employer's payscales are incomplete so I am trapped on entry level pay? Can I negotiate?

I took a new job three years ago; I was one of the first employees on a new contract, which had unfinished payscales that only specified the "Entry" level pay for each salary band. I was ...
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Asking for holiday after probation extension

I recently had a probation review and it was extended as my manager hasn't seen anything that can put in the role I m in (senior developer) and lack of communication. Following feedback, I had been ...
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Holiday Pay at Basic rate when regular overtime and higher rate usually paid

I have a friend who works in the service industry and she as standard works anti-social hours (which increases her hourly rate by 50p) and also despite being contracted to do 24 hours per week, she is ...
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How to find an employer that will support part-time study?

I am a Software Engineer with around 5 years of professional experience and a B.Sc. in Information Systems located in Berlin/Germany. In the U.K. (preferably Greater London), how do I find an ...
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Starting anew after redundancy

Good morning. I have just been made redundant. All was done by the book, however the company has no funds for severance. We are to get our Redundancy / Holiday and Notice period pay via National ...
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How to convey the degree of one's duties in a job title, while being the sole developer (so with relational junior/senior/lead being meaningless)?

I'm the only embedded developer in a young startup. There are two other devs who do web/cloud stuff, and their work is mostly silo-ed from mine. I was hired as the company's first employee to do ...
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In a rapidly developing startup, is asking for a raise 6 months after receiving one going to make me look greedy and bad?

I know that 6 months is way too soon to be negotiating salaries in any usual context. My context is not usual. I joined the company as their first employee, after a couple year break from work for ...
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Do GDPR/Data Protection regulations conflict with “No Privacy At Work”?

For countries in the UK or EU where there are data protection laws and regulations where the subject whose data is being collected has a legal right to be informed about what/why and and give consent ...
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Should I ask for greater compensation for increased workload due to team members leaving?

I work as a level 4 software engineer apprentice in a small team for a large company. I am currently on a degree apprentice course which should last roughly 2 and a half more years. I have been with ...
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Who should initiate a hand-over meeting?

I joined a university as a lecturer recently. During the workload planning I was offered a new administrative role for the new academic year. I had an initial discussion with my predecessor about the ...
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How to bring raise during probation review

I was made redundant some time ago, and I had a hard time finding work. During that 3 month gap, I was offered a job at 8k p.a. less than my previous role, but something is better than nothing. The ...
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How to deal with a manager taking too long to get me up to speed

I started a new job (at a new company) over five weeks ago as a senior software developer. I have ~7 years previous experience at a different company using very different technologies. So far my ...
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Unusually long Interview time; is this a red flag?

I am currently a senior dev and data scientist within industry sector A. I have applied to a Data Science role (non-senior) within industry sector B. This company has already required a Telephone ...
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Do I 'own' work done separately for current employer? [closed]

I am on the payroll of a small company as a full-time employee. In my spare time I developed a small computer program that will automate a regular task done by another junior employee. This will free ...
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How can I change jobs with a long notice period while furloughed?

I work for an organization (and have been there for over a year) that requires you to give 3 months' notice for leaving. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we have all been furloughed since May and have ...
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Employee asking for 2 weeks unpaid leave for travel quarantine

I have an employee on an 8 month contract in the UK. Before starting, we agreed for them to take a 2 week holiday to go home to Europe (no problem here). They bought the plane tickets for their family....
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'Deprioritised' after accepting conditional employment offer in favour of applicants to permanent roles:explain resulting hardship/get re-prioritised?

I have fulfilled all the conditions set for me in an offer for a 3-month contract for a junior NHS role in Wales, but the NHS Trust seems to want to stall the clearance process indefinitely for me ...
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Is it expected for a potential employer to request payslips?

Question: Will I be expected to provide payslips for most job offers in the UK? And any thoughts on this job given the context? Context: I have been made a job offer for a Product Manager role at ...
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Can employer prevent me (remote worker) from working from a different country?

This is a somewhat similar question to Can an employer force you to wear a face mask?. The location is also the same, the UK. I'm a European citizen working in the UK. With the recent pandemic, my ...
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How to teach new practice to people who aren't really interested?

I work in IT in the UK. I was hired one year and a half ago to introduce to a "new" practice to a team. I am in a "fixed timed" contract, therefore I can't leave for now, at least not before the ...
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Returning to work but unsure about COVID-19 precautions

I have to return to my place of work (based in UK) to carry out essential jobs after working from home for some weeks. My employer has forwarded around a presentation to those having to go to work, ...
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Can a UK employer force you to wear a face mask?

Currently in the UK it's not mandatory to wear a mask while outside the home. Like some of the country, our team is currently working from home but there are plans in place to require people to wear ...
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Grounds for unfair dismissal?

I had been working in my position since 18 December 2019, and was sadly let go today (27 May). In my contract it states clearly my probation lasts for three months, however, I had not had a meeting ...
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Wrongful dismissal due to lack of performance?

I was let go today due to "performance being not of the required standard that the seniority of your role and pay grade dictates." I had been working with the company since 18th December 2019 and ...
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Is it reasonable and legal for a UK startup to force all employees to start taking 20% of their salary in stock options?

I've seen a lot of questions and discussions about agreeing to take some portion of your salary as stock options when starting a job, but the situation I'm in now is that the company wants to reduce ...
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Should I quit my current job, which I will be fired from soon, this week to prepare for an interview I have next week?

I have a bit of dilemma that I was hoping you guys could help with. I have 1 month left of my probation period at my first job after leaving university, for various reasons I do not think I will pass. ...
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3-months notice period, only 1 month notice payment: How to negotiate notice period so as to a month for both side? [closed]

I have received a permanent job offer (geography: United Kingdom), which includes a 3-months notice period clause. There's also an unusual clause stating that the employer may claim damages if the ...
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Can an employer use discretion for furlough?

I left my job on 15/02/2020 (last payment date 25/02/2020) due to bullying which lead me to a nervous breakdown. Due to the state of my mental health this was something I decided on quite quickly and ...
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How should I proceed when my employer continually delays my employment contract which was promised months ago?

I work at a relatively small software company, and have done so for around 6 months. When I landed the job I was told the employment contract would be signed on my first day, and since I have asked ...
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Company asking us to use 75% of leave despite updates to Working Time Regulations (UK)

Our company made a change to its holiday rules, asking us to use 75% of our annual leave entitlement before 30 September 2020. This was announced prior to the Working Time Regulations 2020 ...
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Manager’s unreasonable behaviour causing mental health issues

I’m a home-based office worker. My line manager is causing me mental health issues, which has become a serious health concern. One of the main issues is that they give too much work. Another main ...
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Am I eligible to be placed on furlough after resigning?

I work for a small company in the UK. I had found another job and handed in my 4 weeks written notice, then coronavirus wreaked havoc with the British economy and my job offer was retracted (It was ...
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I am starting a new job in UK in late March 2020. How could the coronavirus epidemic affect this?

I work as a software developer in the UK. I was offered and accepted a new job three weeks ago which is due to start next Monday. I have signed an offer letter and other documentation, but not my ...

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