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Hi everyone,

 

I have a strange one here, I have worked in my current position for 6 years and I asked the area manager I work for to give me the opportunity to progress.

 

They came back to me and offered me a new role with a pay increase starting 2nd August.

 

The problem is I have emailed the manager who is offering me the job twice asking for confirmation in writing of the position and pay increase (unfortunately they are renound for making promises they can't keep). My emails are being ignored and with less than 2 weeks I have no written confirmation of the job, working hours, pay increase or key duties. Yet they still expect me to start on the 2nd August.

 

I spoke to my HR departement who were as useful as an underwater hairdryer. They have said to just leave it, things should be fine . . . even though they have no confirmation of the change in position or wages. They have said the new principal statement for the job may not be generated until after I start the new position . . . . which could mean I end up without the agreed terms that were discussed in me accepting the job, i.e the wage increase.

 

Today I sent an email stating everything discussed with the manager who offered me the job, copying in the Area Director, stating I require confirmation in writing agreeing the terms discussed prior to my position being changed. Still no response . . .

 

My current manager is happy for me to stay in my current position, but I want to know where I stand . . . I have signed nothing and as I have nothing in writing do I still have the right to officially decline the new position, without it causing any problems . . . . . apart from the obvious one that they may not be very happy with me . . . ???:???:

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Tough call. Congratulations on the promotion, but I understand your fears. If it were me, then I would have stuck a 'read receipt' request on the email then keep a copy to prove that the message had been collected by all of the right people. If worded in such a way as to pose rhetorical questions, then it could go some way to address any later dispute (ie 'Further to my conversation with [Name] I understand that with effect from [Date], my new role will be [Title] and the salary [£Amount], and I would be grateful if you could confirm this to me prior to starting in my new position). There could then be little argument that the message had not been read and the opportunity was there to question any of the points raised.

 

You have the right to withdraw interest in the position offered every bit as much as they have the right to withdraw the offer. Not that a verbal agreement isn't binding, just that being in writing leaves less room for ambiguity!


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The email sent is as follows:

 

Further to our meeting and with regards to the position agreed in principal, can you please confirm in writing via email that the information below is correct, prior to the transfer request being generated and fully approved by myself and while I am awaiting appropriate written confirmation from HR of the job position.

The starting date at xxxxx will be 2nd August 2010

With a salary increase of £xxxxpa

Working hours of xxxxxx Monday to Friday

Working additionally 1 in 4 Saturdays of xxxxx

Key Duties:

Hidden due to my identity :-)

Regards

I have kept copies and printed them also to show they were sent, I also have copied in my current manager . . . my place seems to dangle a carrot in front of the donkey (aka ME) . . .

If I don't receive a response by Wednesday I will send them an email to reject the position . . . as I just don't trust them, I have seen them do it to too many people and the fact they won't respond to me email worries me :-(

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Seems like you have covered the obvious angles for now. If you do end up rejecting the position, then it would be a good idea to let them know why - that you are concerned that since the email received no response and that HR had not been made aware of the change you were worried that you could be doing the job for an extended period involving additional work but on the same salary (as HR advised). In the current climate you felt that your existing job might no longer be available leaving you vulnerable without a new contract, even though you were keen to take on the new role.


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Seems like you have covered the obvious angles for now. If you do end up rejecting the position, then it would be a good idea to let them know why - that you are concerned that since the email received no response and that HR had not been made aware of the change you were worried that you could be doing the job for an extended period involving additional work but on the same salary (as HR advised). In the current climate you felt that your existing job might no longer be available leaving you vulnerable without a new contract, even though you were keen to take on the new role.

 

Brilliant, thanks for that :-)

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No problem. Hope it goes better than you think, and you are able to take up the new role. Whether you take or reject the new job though, you would still keep your length of service, so wouldn't be entirely without the rights that go with it.


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