Monthly Archives: December 2014

Maternity leave – know your rights

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm

If you are employed knowing your maternity rights can be a bit confusing to say the least but here are the key points that you should know:-

  • To qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) you must have been working for your current employer for at least 26 weeks up to the qualifying week (this is 15 weeks before your child’s due date).
  • You are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave however you are only paid for up to 39 weeks.
  • For the first 6 weeks of leave you get 90% of your average weekly earnings then the standard SMP for the remaining 33 weeks. (this is currently around £130 per week)
  • You are obligated to take at least 2 weeks off following the birth of your child and if you work in a very physical job such as a factory you have to take 4 weeks, this is for health and safety reasons.
  • Your employment rights are protected whilst on maternity leave, this covers any pay rises and holiday accrued.
  • You can also do up to 10 keeping in touch days where you can attend work on full pay without it ending your maternity leave.

If you are unsure of any of your rights read up on them on the government website.

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How to get Teaching Jobs in Leicester…

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

There are numerous Leicester teaching jobs. However, there are many people in the area who are not employed but are very qualified in teaching. The reason for this may be probably because a lot of people do not know how to go about getting teaching jobs. When looking for a teaching job, you have to understand all that is require of you in order to ensure you end up applying for a job that is good for you and worth all your qualifications. There are several things you can do to get a teaching job in Leicester.

First and foremost, it is very important to consider volunteering in the institution you would like to work at if you have been trying to get a job without any luck. The advantage of volunteering is the fact that it enables you to get a chance to ask the teachers in the school what their experience of working in the school is like and how they got the opportunity. This gives you an idea of what is required to get an opportunity in the school. Another advantage of volunteering is the fact that you get to show you skills. If you are good at your job, they may end up giving you a job. (more…)

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