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Job Seekers Advice / Re: question about bar work
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 07, 2018, 11:12:20 AM »
Yes, you can apply to be bar staff before you are 18.  Depending on your skills and attitude they may even employ you to help behind the scenes, as a waiter, or offer you training in advance of your birthday. Of course the employer will need to work within the law so you will not be able to sell alcohol until you are over 18, and there are other concerns such as health and safety and late working hours that they will need to take into consideration, but if you convey the right working attitude from day one you will be on a better footing to find the job that you want.
Job Seekers Advice / Re: What Career Would Suit Me? Advice Requested !
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 07, 2018, 11:06:40 AM »
Hi Akynos,
I notice that you posted this a long time ago and you have probably found some answers yourself, but I thought I would write my response in case it is helpful for someone else...  I expect the reason you haven't had a response until now is because it's such a big question, and really only you can answer it.

The first task in a career search is identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and what you enjoy and don't enjoy.  You seem to have done this yourself and have put this into the text above.  Based on this and your experience as a Data Analyst perhaps you should continue in Data Science.  It is currently a quickly growing sector and many companies are looking for competent staff to move into management positions.  Alternatively a Graduate Scheme offered by many large companies would be a good start allowing experience in a wide variety of posts to help you recognise what you enjoy doing.  Or perhaps you should consider working for yourself.  If you can create something, perhaps an App, which solves a problem then maybe you can be an entrepreneur.

Always remember that whatever career you jump into, it doesn't have to be what you stick with forever. You may decide that in just a few months or even decades something else appeals.  It won't be the end of the world to change again.
Employment Law / Can employer change my hours?
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 07, 2018, 10:50:49 AM »
Can your employer change your hours?

If your hours are listed in your contract, and they are the same hours you continue to work then you have the right to refuse to change your working hours, and can take your employer to a tribunal if they continue to disregard your opinion.  This is also true if your hours are not stated in your contract of employment, but have been doing the same hours for a minimum of 3 months and would have no reason to assume your hours would change.

If your employer has requested to change your hours you should initially discuss this with them.  It may be that you can negotiate a higher rate of pay or alternative preferable options such as more flexible working alongside the amended hours.  However be warned, if your employer has a very good case for needing more staff at different hours they may follow the redundancy process and employ other staff members to fulfill the required hours.

You can't work more than 48 hours a week however you can opt out from this limit. If you are under 18 years old then you can't work more than 8 hours or 40 hours per week.

You may have to work more than 48 hours a week on average if you work in a job:
  • where 24-hour staffing is required
  • in the armed forces, emergency services or police
  • in security and surveillance
  • as a domestic servant in a private household
  • as a seafarer, sea-fisherman or worker on vessels on inland waterways
  • where working time is not measured and you’re in control, eg you’re a managing executive with control over your decisions
Employment Law / Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales 2019
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 06, 2018, 12:19:35 PM »

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales


1 January   Tuesday   New Year’s Day
19 April   Friday   Good Friday
22 April   Monday   Easter Monday
6 May   Monday   Early May bank holiday
27 May   Monday   Spring bank holiday
26 August   Monday   Summer bank holiday
25 December   Wednesday   Christmas Day
26 December   Thursday   Boxing Day
Employment Law / Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales 2018
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 06, 2018, 12:08:21 PM »

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales 2018

30 March   Friday   Good Friday
2 April   Monday   Easter Monday
7 May   Monday   Early May bank holiday
28 May   Monday   Spring bank holiday
27 August   Monday   Summer bank holiday
25 December   Tuesday   Christmas Day
26 December   Wednesday   Boxing Day

Employers can’t force employees to take annual leave when they’re eligible for sick leave.

Any statutory holiday entitlement that isn’t used because of illness can be carried over into the next leave year. If an employee is ill just before or during their holiday, they can take it as sick leave instead.

An employee can ask to take their paid holiday for the time they’re off work sick. They might do this if they don’t qualify for sick pay, for example. Any rules relating to sick leave will still apply.

Employment Law / Can Employers Suspend you from work for medical reasons?
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 06, 2018, 11:52:03 AM »

Employers can suspend employees for medical reasons, such as:

medical suspension, for example if they have a serious allergic reaction to a chemical they use at work
suspension for maternity reasons, for example if they’re pregnant and work in a lab that uses radiation

can employers suspend females for maternity reasons?

Before female employees can be suspended for maternity reasons

There are additional rules before an employer can suspend employees who:
  • could become pregnant
  • are pregnant
  • gave birth less than 6 months ago or who are breastfeeding
Employment Law / What Checks employers can make on job applicants
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 06, 2018, 11:32:28 AM »

What Checks employers can make on job applicants

Right to work in the UK

Employers must check that job applicants are allowed to work in the UK before employ them.

Criminal record checks

Employers can only check job applicants criminal record if they apply for certain roles like working with children and healthcare.

Jobs that employers can ask criminal record checks.

Health Checks

Employers can only ask health checks on successful candidates.


  • it’s a legal requirement, for example eye tests for commercial vehicle drivers
  • if the job requires it, for example because their insurers need health checks on cycle couriers
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Employment Law / Can employers search your bag?
« Last post by Learnist Careers on January 05, 2018, 07:10:02 PM »

Yes, employers can search your bag if necessary.

Employers can monitor their employees. This can be done in different ways:

CCTV, drug testing, bag searches, checking workers emails and websites they browse on the net while at work.

Employers should have a written policy on searching. Searches should:
  • respect privacy
  • be done by a member of the same sex
  • be done with a witness present
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