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Has anyone ever managed to get a job bumped up from 15 hours per week to 16 or more ?

(10 Posts)
NervousNutty Fri 11-Sep-09 12:12:51

I have got an interview for a job as kitchen assistant in a school. It is advertised as being 15 hours a week 11:30-2:30 term time only.

The hours are ideal, but if they can't make it up to 16 hours then I will miss out £2330 made up of back to work grant and £40 a week (for the year) in work credit. Plus I won't be able to claim WTC worth £66 a week.

Has anyone ever been sucesful in geting an employer to add an hour on ? It would mean me doing an extra 12 min a day which is fine by me, but obviously will cost them more.

NervousNutty Fri 11-Sep-09 12:28:42


SlartyBartFast Fri 11-Sep-09 12:34:02

you have nothign to lose by asking. it is a toughie. they would have to pay you an extra hour.
would you take the job without the extra hour?

NervousNutty Fri 11-Sep-09 12:37:46

Well this is the thing Slarty, I don't know.

The hours are ideal so that is a plus, and if it just meant missing out on the job grant and in work credit then i'd probably say yes straight away but the not being able to claim wtc either is shitty as i'd be working for nothing.

The boost in confidence it might give me is worth alot, but at the end of the day that won't pay bills.

SlartyBartFast Fri 11-Sep-09 12:40:08

in that case, you have nothign to lose, go for it, with the proviso, if you get it, once you get the offer that is, of askign if you can start earlier or finish later and explain your predicament.

they must be aware of the 16 hour rule?

PrincessToadstool Fri 11-Sep-09 12:40:25

If I were you I would go for the interview, and then if you are offered it ask about having an extra hour. If you're the best candidate and they want you I'd imagine they'd do it as long as they can afford it.

NervousNutty Fri 11-Sep-09 12:44:33

Thanks, I am definatly going to ask if it is possible.

I would have thought that employers knew about the 16 hr thing, but then I see a hell of alot of ad's for 15 hour jobs so maybe not.

SlartyBartFast Fri 11-Sep-09 12:56:40

may be they have to pay more contributions if it is over 15 hours or something?,

titchy Fri 11-Sep-09 13:37:17

Could you get a paper round grin to bump up your working hours?

NervousNutty Fri 11-Sep-09 14:19:49

LOL Titchy, not sure I am that desperate yet.

I'd be more than happy to do the 16 hours for the same pay but they won't be able to do that because it will be less than minimum wage.

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