Regulations on Working Time
The Working Time Regulations were introduced on 1st October 1998 and working hours in the UK are now governed by statute. Department working practices and procedures are therefore organised to comply with the following legal requirements.
(Average hours are normally calculated over a 17 week period.)
• Average weekly working hours are limited to 48 hours
• Average daily night working hours are limited to 8 hours
• Minimum daily, weekly and in-work rest breaks requirements
• Minimum requirements for annual leave
Department Policy and Procedures
The legislation was introduced as a health and safety measure. Employers who do not comply with the limits to working time will be committing a criminal offence. Working practices in the department are therefore monitored to ensure that generally, working hours remain well within legal limits.
Employers are required to take ‘all responsible steps’ to ensure that the limits to working time are not exceeded. This includes inquiring whether a person is working elsewhere. All applicants are therefore asked to declare all other employment.
This declaration will not prejudice your application
If you do have other job(s), your application will still be assessed on your suitability to do the job you are applying for. At this stage, any other jobs you declare will be ignored.
If you are selected for interview the implications will be carefully discussed with you. The
department may consider it necessary to discuss the situation with your other employer(s)
but only with your permission.
Depending on the overall situation and the outcome of discussions with you, the
department would have the following options:
• not to offer you the appointment
• offer the appointment on reduced hours
• offer the appointment providing the other work is relinquished
(or the hours reduced)
• offer the appointment and enter into an agreement with you to opt out of the
weekly working time limit