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Profile for Rob Scott, Managing Director of Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment

If you’re looking for a new job, or have been offered a new position, the first thing to sort out is your notice period. In other words, how much notice do you have to give your employer before you can walk away to your new challenge? Once you agree a leaving date, everyone knows where they stand.

The notice period is part of your employment contract. It’s not just there to protect your boss, who gets some time to start preparing for your departure and securing a replacement. It’s also there to protect you. So, if your company wanted to part ways with you, it must either honour your notice period, pay you in lieu of it, or send you on gardening leave, where you effectively still get paid for staying away and not contacting clients or colleagues.


Do I always have to work my notice period?

In an ideal world, everyone would always honour their contract, as it’s formed in good faith to protect the interests of both parties. However, in relation to abiding by your notice period this is not strictly true.

Your employer can’t force you to work – they won’t send enforcement officers to your home and physically drag you into the office. Well, hopefully not. But do you really want to leave on such bad terms? If you work in a close-knit industry it’s not a good game to play, and who knows if you’d ever need to work for your company again?

On top of that, your employer could play hard ball, particularly if you have a senior role. Firstly, you are in breach of contract, and they will certainly refuse to pay you. Secondly, they could seek an injunction preventing you from working at your new role until your notice period is over. This would most likely be if your new role was at a competitor. And thirdly, your employer could sue you for the costs involved in replacing you for the notice period.

While those last two scenarios are unlikely, we would seriously recommend coming to a compromise with your boss if possible. You’d be surprised at how many firms will shave some of your notice period off. Nobody wants to keep hold of an unhappy employee, so long as they can find a replacement in good time.


How do I find out what my notice period is?

In most cases, your notice period will be stated in your contract of employment. However, some people do not have a written contract. In these cases, statutory minimum notice periods will apply. How much notice you should give, in relation to time worked is as follows:

  • Less than one month - no notice
  • One month to two years - one week’s notice
  • Two to 12 years - one week’s notice for every year worked, up to a maximum of 12 weeks

If you have mislaid your employment contract, your human resources department should provide you with a copy, although this will obviously arouse their suspicions about your intentions.


Can my notice period be reduced or extended?

We’ve already seen how your employer might agree to reducing your notice period if you hand in your notice, so long as it does not affect them adversely. But can they turn around at any point and extend it? Simply put, no, unless there is a variation clause in your contract. Otherwise your company must get your consent to change your notice period. It is likely an employer would seek to extend notice periods only for senior managers since they do not want them literally swanning off at a moment’s notice.


Are notice periods in redundancy situations different?

In cases of redundancy you’ll be offered a redundancy package and, normally, you’ll also be paid in lieu of notice. In other words, if you were on one month’s notice, you would likely receive a month’s pay and your redundancy package in one lump sum. It would be rare to be made redundant and still have to work out your notice period.

And because your notice is in your contract, your company cannot simply pay your redundancy and ignore your notice period pay.

In larger firms there may be rounds of redundancy, and there would normally be consultations with staff. It is to be hoped most caring companies would be as helpful and communicative as possible to staff during what, for many, would be a traumatic and stressful period.


Can I seek any advice about my notice period?

If you find yourself at an impasse with your employer about your notice period, and if you feel you are being treated unfairly, you should seek out the advice of a solicitor specialising in employment issues. Most legal firms will have someone who can help. At a price, of course. If you cannot afford your own brief, contact agencies such as the Citizens Advice.
 

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Robert Scott, Managing Director of Aaron Wallis

Robert Scott

Managing Director at Aaron Wallis Recruitment

Rob is the Managing Director of Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, a national recruitment agency specialising in sourcing sales and marketing staff for businesses across a broad range of commercial sectors. Before setting up Aaron Wallis, Rob spent ten years at a specialist Sales and Marketing recruitment division of a £0.5BN recruitment group, leaving in 2007 as Marketing & Sales Director to establish Aaron Wallis.

With over 20 years experience in recruitment, Rob is a History graduate with a PgCert in Management Practice and a trusted authority in the sales industry; in 2013 leading the most extensive survey of sales professionals in the UK. From guiding employers through the recruitment process to helping candidates find their dream job, Rob's advice has been quoted in leading publications such as Business Insider and The Independent, as well as OnRec, who host The Online Recruitment Awards every year.

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Giles is highly professional and was a pleasure to work with. He achieves excellent results through his personable skills and tenacity. I have no hesitation in recommending Giles to anyone who considers employing his services.

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I just wanted to thank you for your help with our recruitment process which went very smoothly and has – we hope – found us just the person for the job!

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We were impressed not only by the quality of candidates you found for us but also the level of information, preparation and qualification you put into the process. You continually kept us informed of each person’s feelings about the process, which is very important but often overlooked. I am looking forward to working with your company again in the future.

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I have used Aaron Wallis to fill a number of our Sales Development Manager roles and I have found them to provide a very professional service. I will use their services again in future recruitment campaigns.

HR Business Partner, Greene King

In an industry where people over promise and under deliver, Rob and his teams have consistently provided a high-quality service. It is great to deal with someone that has an excellent understanding of UK industry, and a passion for sales.

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Aaron Wallis has continuously provided us with suitable candidates that have been proactively sourced. Having used countless recruitment companies, Aaron Wallis are the only company that I can count on to deliver.

Managing Director, JARK Healthcare Recruitment

Rob’s knowledge of the recruitment industry and his thoughts and how to make it better for his clients have always been eye opening. I would recommend Rob to anybody who is looking for a professional, knowledgeable and flexible recruitment specialist.

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Understood the type of person we were looking for and good follow ups - not too frequent.

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Thanks for all your help during the recruitment process. I have been extremely impressed with Aaron Wallis especially when compared to other agencies we have dealt with. I really felt you grasped the type of person we required and found strong candidates.

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We appointed Aaron Wallis in February and the successful candidate, out of the six which Aaron Wallis introduced, was able to join Alphametrics before the end of April. The whole process took less than three months. I would recommend Aaron Wallis’ services to others without hesitation.

Chief Financial Officer, Alphametrics

Rob is a true recruitment professional that goes the extra mile that I have never experienced from any other recruitment agency before. If you need sales people call Rob or someone in his team, as they really are experts in sales recruitment.

Sales Director, Inside Business

I found Aaron Wallis to be very professional and efficient, taking time to understand the role and the type of candidate we were looking for. The candidates they put forward met our criteria and were of a high standard. The service they provided was exemplary and I would have no hesitation in recommending them, and will certainly consider using them again in the future.

HR Assistant, Fischer Connectors Ltd

Since joining DSGi, Rob has been a supplier of permanent staff and has performed to an extremely high standard, successfully filling 98% of roles he has worked on. If anyone is looking for a good sales and marketing based consultancy with an informal yet professional approach, I would recommend Rob.

Senior Recruitment Consultant, DSG International

I have always found Rob to be very knowledgeable about our industry sector, and it is refreshing to see after all of these years that Rob continues to quickly and accurately understand my requirements.

HR and General Manager, THK

Giles Phillips is a rare find in the minefield of sales recruitment; an honest and thoughtful recruiter who considers the needs of both the client AND the candidate to create perfect role matches. I look forward to working with him again in the future.

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Less than two weeks after joining Aaron Wallis I was offered my new job. I got a £10,000 rise in my basic salary, car allowance, a laptop and many other perks, which will help to further my career. I definitely would not have found my dream job without the help of Aaron Wallis.

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E. Heley, Candidate

I have to say coming across and having dealings with Aaron Wallis proved to be very successful. Being highly experienced did not seem to count for much during my job search bit a conversation with Robert Scott gave me a real confidence boost and enabled to get a position at the age of 63. Great service!!!!!!

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Aaron Wallis (and in particular Rob Scott) have been fantastic throughout the recruitment process, and even a few months down the line, still continues to care. Rob clearly cares about each individual and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, which shows in the work he does. Each candidate is not just a number, and the support received from Aaron Wallis has helped me get a career which I truly enjoy.

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The Recruitment agent I used, Simon, was extremely helpful and really went the extra mile to ensure all of my questions were answered, and that I felt as comfortable and prepared as possible. Very professional company and would definitely recommend to others. Thank you Aaron Wallis!

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A great recruitment company to work with. Excellent experience with Aaron Wallis through the entire recruitment process. The team was really professional and extremely helpful. Darren was a pleasure to work with. He was friendly, supportive and gave me great advice. Thank you very much!

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Very good advice and support was given during the course of the interviewing process. Potential job seekers would be well advised to use this company whilst looking for their new career.

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Fantastic service, helped me find my ideal job quickly and smoothly. Would highly recommend them

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Good swift process with Aaron Wallis, informative regarding the role and the process was moved at a good pace with healthy interaction. Would recommend them to anyone pursuing a change.

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I can honestly say that the time and expertise you gave me was way beyond any other recruitment consultant I dealt with. You are a rarity in your industry.

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Really excellent experience dealing with Aaron Wallis. Liam Oakes who helped me get a great job was brilliant. Kept me up to date during the process and offered great help and advice, and a thoroughly nice guy. Highly recommended!

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