I'm currently on maternity leave. Due back in the office on 01 Jan.
A new role is coming up in my department. It's a level above my current one and matches my skill set exactly. I'd like to apply, but do they have to consider my application if I'm not back till January? Are there any rules around this? It seems quite unfair if I miss out just because of timing, but I don't know if I can insist that they judge my application in the same way as other applicants'?
By equality law, they have to consider you for the post if you apply. Mat leave is irrelevant. I applied for a new job in a new organisation while on mat leave, got the post and they honoured my intended return to work date.
They have to consider you. I have applied for internal jobs whilst on mate ace twice, and got them both. The second time was about 6 months before I returned to work; someone else did it as a "development opportunity" until o came back.
Definitely apply. Work hadn't suggested an equivalent role to me when I was on mat leave and a role come up in another department that would build my skill set and so I went for it and got it. It shows that you are committed, ambitious and keen.