I have a few questions about my current situation at work. I started the position as someone with no experience and like most jobs, on a 6 month probation.
After 4 months I was asked if I wanted to take a senior position on a 6 month probationary period. When I asked, if after the 6 months, I didn’t like the new role what would happen, the Manager responded with ‘I have 28 days to decide if you will be employed with the company’.
My first question is, is this legit? Am I not able l to to go back to my old role? I thought that was what the probationary period was for- to decide wether both parties were happy with the new position. They are constantly recruiting for the old position as the turn around of staff is abysmal and they are always low on staff-so my old position is still available.
I am leaning towards not accepting the new position after the probation as I don’t feel the money is enough for the role. My increase is only a pound extra an hour for a senior role. Also with the new minimum wage in April, I will go back to being a minimum wage worker as a senior. I asked about if my pay will increase with national wage increase and employer said no.
So can they say they wont keep me on or do I just go back to my old role?
My other question is about sick pay.
I accepted the new role but still had the original role’s end of probation meeting. So now I have been with the company for 10 months and I’m still on this new probation. As per the terms of the original role’s probation, I didn’t get sick pay until after the probationary period had ended.
Now I am on this probation for the senior role, does this still stand? Even though i passed the original 6 months? My employer says it does. And other staff members who have worked there longer than me (years) have been given a new role and new probation, have said the same thing, no sick pay. Even thought they are long term employees?!
Any advice is welcome.
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