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Jimmy326
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4593 posts since 22/9/07

9 Sep 2014 14:39
Am currently on holiday but have been tipped off that on return I'm going to be told I'm having my hours cut by 2.5 hrs per week.

I'm contracted to work 40 hrs per week and am salaried.

I don't agree with this and I can't think of any obvious reason for the decision (there's been no drop in work).

Any advice on what questions I should be asking/avenues I can take this down (no union unfortunately).

It's a Group decision too apparently, so nothing to do with my immediate management.

Is it just a case of "tough shit"?
stoney
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17762 posts since 22/1/05

9 Sep 2014 14:44
yep. If your not happy, get another offer and then say your leaving unless can get better terms.
burny
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6026 posts since 25/5/06

posted 9 Sep 2014 14:45, edited 9 Sep 2014 14:45
I assume with the cut in hours, so are your wages?

And I guess they'll obviously still expect the same amount of work done, in a smaller amount of hours?

Nothing you can do, unless you get a big enough group of people willing to make a fuss about it, or like above, get an offer somewhere else and hope you can negotiate.
Jimmy326
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4593 posts since 22/9/07

9 Sep 2014 14:50
Yep, salary drops with hours, work load will remain the same.

Thought as much, but never had this situation before so thought I'd ask the question.

As it's a change of contract, I thought they'd maybe have to justify the reduction in hours/pay against workload, seeing as I'm salaried?

Cheers anyway. Great news when I'm just coming to the end of a 2-week holiday. Cunts!
burny
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6026 posts since 25/5/06

9 Sep 2014 14:53
Depending on when you signed your contract, if its up for renewal I guess you negotiate the pay.

Do you get a yearly increase in salary? If you're nearing the end of the current year, you could try get them to freeze it as it stand maybe. Just a thought.
pops
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4267 posts since 2/9/09

posted 9 Sep 2014 15:16, edited 9 Sep 2014 15:16
Better than making redundancies but there are more forward thinking ways of making savings. My work incentivised employees to 'buy' additional holiday a few years ago which made savings without having the negative effect on morale that cutting everyone's hours would do which will also affect productivity


I've just had 4 months where over 1000 people have been under consultation with 15% being cut. So much for the recession being over Sad

TIMDOT
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876 posts since 6/8/14

9 Sep 2014 15:46
Always wanted to know. What are the real concrete reasons why people don't join a union? This is from someone that is relatively young.
Peregrine
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1011 posts since 17/6/09

posted 14 Sep 2014 12:59, edited 14 Sep 2014 12:59
Anyone here work for one of the big three strategy consultancy companies? I've got some workshops coming up with Ba and McK, would appreciate some advice on how to handle a consulting case study and how to impress the people there seeing as I have no practical experience in the sector…would be much appreciated
RickRude
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3904 posts since 13/1/12

14 Sep 2014 14:29
Due Diligence at my firm, I have been asked to go for a medical and psychological analysis - this normal?
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

posted 15 Sep 2014 16:30, edited 15 Sep 2014 16:30
I've been in the courier game for some years now and where it started as hard graft, long hours but good money it's pretty much becoming harder graft and longer hours for much less dough. Time to sell my wagon and get out.

I know a guy who runs a small merchandising firm that is interested in getting me involved, it will mean learning CorelDRAW and photoshop (I've got basic PS skills). Is anyone familiar with Corel? How easy / hard will it be for me to pick things up?

I used to maintain a website for a memorabilia company which involved product shots and uploading them etc so I've got a very rough idea of the type of thing he's talking about. I'd be sent to another firm for a week for a crash course.

Thoughts from any of the design heads or anyone in this kind of thing?

Cheers
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

15 Sep 2014 17:07
.. I do have a feeling this will be a non starter but thought I'd research it.

Basically we are planning on moving abroad with my wife's job in 3 years and I could do with learning some skills between now and then that I could potentially earn money with by working from home. So if anyone has any other suggestions then I'd love to hear them.
Mr.X.
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3115 posts since 23/6/13

posted 15 Sep 2014 17:10, edited 15 Sep 2014 17:10
I've used CorelDraw since I was 9 and I use it every day - version X6 at the moment although X7 has just been released. It's pretty easy once you've programmed short cuts in and use them.
Rez
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8703 posts since 5/4/09

15 Sep 2014 19:42
Had a recruiter send my cv into an agency the other day. But then found out that someone I know works there, said they'd put in a good word.

Think I've probably got a better chance at getting an interview if the person who works there passed on my portfolio. Would also prefer them to get a referral fee too rather than some recruiter. Will this piss anyone off apart from the recruiter/make me look bad from the agencies perspective?
gawkrodger
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7641 posts since 4/11/08

16 Sep 2014 21:52
I'm probably going to be posting in this thread a whole load over the coming weeks.

I'm currently due to start a MSc in London next week (Urban Studies @ UCL for anyone interested). This is a part-time course. I'm currently set to go part-time in my current job as a performance manager for a charity and the commute down whenever I need to from the Midlands.

However, for reasons I won't bore you with, this is looking less and less like it will work.

I am therefore starting to look for part-time/flexible working jobs in London. I suspect realistically I would need to be earning a minimum of in the range of £1200 a month/£300ish a week.

Any FUKers know of any vacancies I could apply for, or have recommendations for good sources (agencies, specific companies etc)
Bennelli
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3461 posts since 25/5/11

16 Sep 2014 22:15
Monocle are hiring for some varied jobs http://monocle.com/about/jobs/
gawkrodger
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7641 posts since 4/11/08

16 Sep 2014 22:24
unfortunately I'm no graphic/web designer etc!
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

17 Sep 2014 08:21
Personal trainer?
figurine
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6017 posts since 14/5/07

17 Sep 2014 09:24
Porsche dealer, easy money.
AMK
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308 posts since 7/1/13

17 Sep 2014 12:29
Rez wrote: Had a recruiter send my cv into an agency the other day. But then found out that someone I know works there, said they'd put in a good word.

Think I've probably got a better chance at getting an interview if the person who works there passed on my portfolio. Would also prefer them to get a referral fee too rather than some recruiter. Will this piss anyone off apart from the recruiter/make me look bad from the agencies perspective?

If the recruiter has already sent over your details, then you might be screwed in terms of getting your mate a referral fee.

The sending of the CV is seen as an introduction, and even if your mate puts in a good word the company are supposed to recognise that. You could go quiet on the recruiter and hope they don't find out you've joined the business, but if they have, they will kick up a big fuss and it won't look great to yourself.

Some companies though don't like using recruitment agencies and will happily screw them over to save some cash, so you might be OK.

My advice would be to get your mate put in a good word as well and get your contact to ask the hiring manager if he'd have a problem trying to deal with the placement direct and ignore the recruiters "introduction".


EDW : Why do you say main contracting is the right place to be? Housebuilding is by far the better industry to work in at the moment and especially as a QS. Where in the country are you based? I know Senior QS's on £55k at developers.

Design and Build has a ceiling, and PQS work just goes on forever. You want to be a Chief QS or Comm Manager/Director in the future, then give housebuilding another go.
EDW
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2581 posts since 23/2/10

17 Sep 2014 16:43
I'm from Aberdeen, where the construction industry has rocketed in the last few years, commercial property constantly breaking ground and bigger housing developments not uncommon.

Was working for a luxury house builder before and, luckily for them, the profit that we were seeing on houses meant that cost control/commercial aspects were forgotten about, just didn't see myself going anywhere in housebuilding really. Working within main contracting - for one of the bigger companies in Scotland with a fair bit of work in the pipeline - i have seen much more variety and started doing tasks that i would envisage a qs would actually do.