When you start a new job, your employer may wish to carry out a certain amount of checks depending upon the type of job you are going to do. These checks can be document checks, references, background checks, equal opportunities monitoring, health checks, educational qualification and criminal record checks. If the results of these checks are found to be unsatisfactory, the employer can anytime withdraw the job offer given to you even after you have accepted their offer.
An employment contract is mandatory between employees and their employer, although it is not always in writing. If there is no written contract, then a statutory employment contract will automatically come into effect when you start working for the employer.
You should be aware of the employment contract terms so that you can be aware of your employment rights. The national minimum wage (NMW) is the minimum amount which most of workers are entitled to get paid for every 1 hour they work. If you are being under paid then you should get advice from the government pay and work rights helpline. Depending upon the age or if you are working as apprentice, there are different levels of national minimum wage. You are not entitled to the national minimum wage if you are not of compulsory school age (although this is obviously very young).
You have the right to know how much you will be paid and how frequently you will be paid. You are also entitled to receive a detailed individual written statement from your employer at the time when you are paid, or shortly before. You will receive a pay slip only if you are an employee, and not if you are a freelancer, contractor or a member of the police. Your pay slip should contain certain mandatory details like your gross wages, any fixed deductions, variable deductions like tax, your net payable wages after all the deductions, method of calculation and the amount for any part-payment of your wages.
You can work on an average for 48 hours per week unless you are working in a sector which has its own set of rules. Your normal working hours should be mentioned in your employment contract or employment particulars. All employees are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave but the employer may offer more. On average an employee in the UK is entitled to 5.5 days a year of sick leave.