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to think a three months notice period is too long

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Buildmeup76 Sat 16-Mar-19 15:48:46

I’ve recently been offered a great new job however my notice period is three months. My new job may not be able to wait that long for me to start. Am i unreasonable to think that one month is enough notice?

Horsemenoftheaclopalypse Mon 25-Mar-19 13:09:04

What level?

3 months is totally standard for middle management office jobs.
Most people in our office are on 3 or 6, only v junior are on 1 or 2 months. (Below manger level)

Alsohuman Mon 25-Mar-19 12:50:41

Three months is pretty standard. I was required to give that amount of notice in a job I had but my new employer wanted me to start asap. I gave a month’s notice and asked them if they were going to tie me to the chair because that’s the only way I’d stay longer. Needless to say, they caved.

ChaosMoon Mon 25-Mar-19 12:43:29

3 month notice periods are ridiculous. I've never seen anyone with a 3 month notice bit check out. At best. At worst, they become obstructive because they're so desperate to leave.

A former director would never negotiate an early end date for anyone in our department. By god he moaned when he had to work out all of his notice!

OrangeJellySpread Mon 25-Mar-19 12:36:32

Do we work for the same idiot boss? I can understand 3 months for managers, but even the juniors at my place has 3 months notice hmm I just see miserable people who don't want to be there for at least 2 months in their notice.

anniehm Mon 25-Mar-19 12:29:02

3 months is normal for managerial and above, also professional type jobs. I'm on 3 months, dh is on academic year basis (notice by feb 1 to leave July 31, can't leave until following July otherwise)

Scorpvenus1 Mon 25-Mar-19 12:19:21

Ok flame me all you want but I think 3 months or even 2 is unreasonable. I am about to hand my notice in today and a job that I have been after for years popped up. I have been here 3 years and nothing has changed they make us work late and I don't get to see my 1 year old in the evenings 5 days a week. So found a job closer and with better hours at 37.5 per week.

I do not plan to work my notice I am working till the 28th of March as I don't work weekends and then I will not come in and I wont owe any money to them. A lady left 3 months ago and the reasons was her brother died and had to leave for china immediately. I cant use this excuse so its the only way or loose out on the perfect job pay and location wise. Also if you were to drop dead tomorrow they would have a temp in within a week, so don't place all your loyalties to a company who wouldn't do the same for you.

Janella Sat 16-Mar-19 18:47:39

Mine was 3 months and gosh it was a tedious three months to get through!
A few months later a colleague left giving only two weeks notice as she suddenly moved away as her mother became very ill. She felt bad about letting her colleagues down as this no doubt impacted them but there was no other option. Employer was supportive.
Worth a conversation as soon jobs don't require a person to person handover, but others do. Depends on your role.

isabellerossignol Sat 16-Mar-19 18:43:42

Mind you, the same employer also refused to give references of any sort, yet refused to employ anyone who couldn't supply detailed references hmm

isabellerossignol Sat 16-Mar-19 18:42:30

I’ve got a three month notice period and I didn’t find out until after I’d started the job, it’s not a senior job and I’m pretty easily replaceable so I’d assumed it would be 1 month, I didn’t even think to ask when I was interviewing.

I used to work somewhere like that. I was at the bottom of the heap, on minimum wage and was still expected to give three months notice. It made it more or less impossible to leave, unless you could resign before finding another job. They knew that, that's why they did it. I didn't get a contract to sign until I had already started the job, so it wasn't something you could negotiate on before accepting the job in the first place. I got round it be resigning when I was on matenity leave.

Mummyshark2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 18:40:37

3 months is standard in professional roles. We have a high level vacancy atm within the nhs the original person handed in notice, we then had to get agreement from HR to recruit again (as is the current situation in lots of public sector ages) to that post has meant that original person left last month, interviews in next few weeks and if successful that person is likely to have to give 3 months, meaning in reality we are going to be without someone doing that job until at least June! I don't know what the hold up was at the start but maybe that's public sector.

Doyouneedthetoilet Sat 16-Mar-19 18:37:07

I promised to give 6 months notice when I left my last job, plenty of time to find a replacement you would of thought. But no I was there for another 2 months.

flowery Sat 16-Mar-19 17:55:10

”Even if you didn't get the contract until you started (which is fine providing you do within 2 months currently, I think) the notice period should have been mentioned within your written offer.”

Depends what you mean by “should”. Yes, as a matter of good practice (and also to increase the likelihood of candidates actually accepting the offer), main terms should be communicated at the time the offer is made. But an employer is not obliged to do this. Although any sensible prospective employee wouldn’t hand in notice or start a new job without sight of the main terms of their new job.

Inliverpool1 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:48:10

Gee whizz, my clients get walked off site and put on garden leave within the hour of resigning

itssoooofluffy Sat 16-Mar-19 17:47:54

3 months seems reasonable, it allows for time to advertise, recruit, interview and hand over to a replacement if required.

But agree with PP it entirely depends on the profession. My DH was in the military and had to give a years notice, which is standard for them.

Isleepinahedgefund Sat 16-Mar-19 17:44:45

Ours depends on seniority and role, which works out a bit ridiculous sometimes. For instance. my current technical specialist role which requires three years specialist training for new starters has a one month notice period. My manager, who is not required to be a tech specialist, knows nothing about my work and therefore cannot take it over if I leave, has to give three months notice! I’m about to start a new more senior role and my notice period will be three months. I had two weeks of leave I had to take before leaving so in effect my notice is two weeks.

yorkshirepud44 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:43:53

Even if you didn't get the contract until you started (which is fine providing you do within 2 months currently, I think) the notice period should have been mentioned within your written offer.

3 months is fairly standard, if annoying. My boss has resigned and has a whole year to work shock

flowery Sat 16-Mar-19 17:43:11

”All of the jobs I have had I get the contract first?”

Yes, and that’s normal. I would never resign without having seen and been happy with the terms of a new one. But there’s no (current) obligation to issue written terms until the person has been employed for two months, so it is possible that the poster in question handed in her notice and started a new job without knowing what her new notice period would be.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sat 16-Mar-19 17:35:45

I think most people in my company are on 3 months notice, however my contract states 1 month. Does anyone know if they can force me to sign a new contract with a different notice period? I don't have a senior role.

RubyWho Sat 16-Mar-19 17:31:36

My current role is 6 months, my last was three but I negotiated down to two when I left.

Romanov Sat 16-Mar-19 17:29:40

....and hours (35 or 37.5 etc)

Romanov Sat 16-Mar-19 17:29:17


”How can this be the case? It should be specified in your contact. If not the can’t hold you to it.”

The poster may well not have received her contract until after starting the job.

All of the jobs I have had I get the contract first? What do you check? I check for annual leave allowance and notice periods

SileneOliveira Sat 16-Mar-19 17:27:25

DH is on 6 months! In practice though the company lets people go in a shorter time period after they've done a full handover.

And as other people have pointed out, a longer notice period can work in your favour in other circumstances.

Tonsilss Sat 16-Mar-19 17:25:54

If you try to negotiate this kind of thing when you're offered a job, you risk the offer being withdrawn. Just apologise and give as much notice as you can. They are very unlikely to sue you in these circumstances.

Rystall Sat 16-Mar-19 17:18:58


Yes, it certainly is possible to negotiate a shorter notice period in certain jobs, before you sign a contract. You’ve nothing to lose by asking. However, this works both ways. If your new employer wants to terminate your contract during your probation period ( usually 6 months) they will equally have the benefit of the shorter notice period.

flowery Sat 16-Mar-19 17:11:37

”How can this be the case? It should be specified in your contact. If not the can’t hold you to it.”

The poster may well not have received her contract until after starting the job.

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