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General Chat Thread, Notice Period in General; Whats your notice period? I'm not thinking of leaving but I have heard that ours is 3 months! Seems bonkers ...
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    Whats your notice period? I'm not thinking of leaving but I have heard that ours is 3 months! Seems bonkers to me!

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    What does your contract say?

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    This is where you got to your contract of employment. You might be able to get a compromise agreement.

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    contract says 3 months, i have heard people have bartered down to 1.5 months and others have just left after a few weeks and handed their badge on the way out.

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    Old contract used to be 1 month, new contract 3 months.

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    Mine is 3 months to allow my employer to get a replacement in the event of my leaving. Equally however th notice period for anything other than gross negligence is the same length if they want to get rid of me...

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    Three months is not unusual, particularly if you are in a 'critical role' such as a school network manager where continuity is important. In professional roles, lawyers and accountants for example, six months is the norm.

    As others have said, you need to read your contract to find out what yours is exactly as it will vary from employee to employee around the school. Your employee may not require you to work your full notice period, but it should not be assumed that they will let you go earlier either.

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    as said its no imediate concern but apart from teachers i dont know any folks (or havent discussed it) that have 3 mo notice periods.

    thanks all

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    I know loads - as @elsiegee40 says, it is often people in positions of higher responsibility. I think 3 months is a bit much for a network manager, tbh,(unless it is a huge and complicated job) and verging on ridiculous for an IT tech. Mine is one month.
    Do check to see that it hasn't altered since you were employed - without your consent that is. This has happened to several people I know and they were able to point out that they had been employed on one month's notice and never been notified of any changes.

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    I'm on 2 months notice. Our Local Government contracts are one month until you reach a certain grade then rise to two. Teachers are different..... (and so are their contracts )

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    I recently got a regrade on pay, on the letter I got confirming it, it told me my notice period was now 2 months, up from 1.

    I'm not fussed, but it appears to be based on pay scales here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeHubb View Post
    I'm on 2 months notice. Our Local Government contracts are one month until you reach a certain grade then rise to two. Teachers are different..... (and so are their contracts )
    Yep that seems fairly standard the higher your paid the higher the notice period, I'm lucky I'm just in the 1 months

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    If it is a concern, also make sure that all time off in lieu is recorded by someone.Often places will use that against your notice rather than pay you for it (and your holidays) because they are cheap.

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    3 months is a long time when you want to leave and have a new job lined up

    3 months is a short time if you are dismissed and you need to find a new job

    You are lucky that you are in position 1 but you can see that you'd need the 3 months if in position 2

    Employers need to look after their businesses /schools as much as you need to look after yourself

    Common courtesy in schools is to give a terms notice in any school role (Which is about 3 months!)

    Simon

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    I'm lucky I'm just in the 1 months
    "lucky" - mmmm

    That wouldn't be the word I'd use if this wasn't a public forum

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