giving notice in Scotland
September 8, 2006 4:37 AM   Subscribe

How much notice do I need to give to leave a full-time job in Scotland?

I have been working full-time at my employer for about 18 months. I'd like to quit. How much notice am I compelled by law to give? There is nothing explicit in my contract.

Thank you very much.
posted by Marquis to Law & Government (5 answers total)
Best answer: A week.
posted by patricio at 4:46 AM on September 8, 2006

Response by poster: Good work!
posted by Marquis at 8:51 AM on September 8, 2006

That's minimum remember. Your contract, which you should have been given after 18 months, may state otherwise.
posted by brautigan at 9:52 AM on September 8, 2006

posted by brautigan at 9:53 AM on September 8, 2006

In England, at least, you don't have to work-out your notice period. However, if you leave before completing it, you will of course get a very bad reference from the employer. At the very least, your employer will say in your reference that you failed to work out your contract. That may or may not be a problem for you.

I was told this by a colleague in my previous employer's HR department, last year. I am not in any way professionally qualified to state the above, I'm just passing on the advice I was given by a well-trained professional.

Talk to your HR department if you have one. You could make an anonymous phone-call, I'm sure.
posted by ajp at 11:17 AM on September 8, 2006

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