Role has changed whilst on Mat leave - what are my rights

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snowydrops Sat 28-Nov-15 09:31:14

I posted on here last week regarding my role which has changed whilst on Maternity leave.

To cut a long story short (ish) whilst I was on Mat leave my then boss left and I now have a new boss who has shuffled things around a bit. He came to me during my Mat leave and (respectfully) asked If I would be keen to take on a new role when I returned (well more that my role was being changed). I said I would be as basically didn't want to be made redundant. Nothing was produced in writing ever.

In short I have gone from going 3 days a week in a mid level manager role for one company to now working for 3 companies in a senior level role. The advantages are he has let me return 2 days a week (up to 3 in January) and it's a very flexible, mostly work from home job.

The disadvantages (as I am swiftly discovering) are that I can't keep up with my role, I can't manage my team effectively at 2 days a week (but actually more pressingly from home as they are office based).

I earn the same as I did in my more junior role which I would estimate entailed less than half of the work.

I am wondering what to do, my options are:

-Leave, take the holiday pay owed and start up freelance / own business (i have done this before but in a different city so have a lot less contacts) Financially we could survive as I've just calculated that by being back at work 3 days a week I am actually £500 better off after childcare fees than not working and being a SAHM (DH earns enough to cover this if necessary and could take on more work)

- Stay and ask that the conditions of my old (still valid??) contract are honoured and I go back to just doing the role I was doing when I left on mat leave or similar?

- Ask for a pay rise (I don't think he will go for this)

I just can't see why I am bothering because the job is loads more stress and responsibility and quite frankly I can't do it effectively on 2 days a week. On 3 I could potentially do a better job BUT i have calculated that from that 3rd day a week I am only going to be £40 a month better off after tax and childcare which is massively depressing. What's the point?!

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