Changing jobs at short notice in the UK?
December 4, 2011 10:07 PM Subscribe
I am in the UK. I am currently employed, but have accepted a new job with a start date early Jan. I am wondering how to gracefully(?) resign in a way that won't screw my finances?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total)
Current job: I am still on a probation period with them, until Dec 20th. Until this date, either party can terminate the contract with one week's notice. After then it goes to 4 weeks.
I had originally asked for several days holiday over this time: 23 Dec -2 Jan. Obviously there are a few paid holidays in there - I was only taking 4 days of annual leave.
The crux of my question is: when is the right time to give in my notice? I am worried if I give it to them early - say this week, that they'll terminate me immediately - leaving me unemployed for 3 or so weeks at Christmas. On the other hand, I feel like a bit of a dick quitting with one weeks’ notice (but y'know their behaviour hasn't been stellar either).
I imagine there is no possible way to get any holidays, or that they will let me work beyond the 23rd (it is very quiet), so in an ideal world the 23rd will be my last day.
((Ugh, also reading my contract now it says that on termination of my employment, all holiday accrued at the date of notice is treated as having been taken... So basically that means I'll get nothing.))
I am new to this country, so any advice or pointers on who to ask, would be gratefully, gratefully accepted.