Frequently asked questions in category:
How do I read a contract properly?
Can I break an employment contract?
Can I negotiate the terms in my contract before signing?
Can I work for my employer's competitor?
If you are curious about how to read a contract properly, that means you were successful in your interview and have been accepted for the job. Congratulations! That is the hard part over with. Now on to the easy bit, or so it may seem. You should receive a draft of your contract, in which you will read through the most important aspects of the terms of your employment. You must, firstly, check that the final agreement displays your name, the employer’s name and the company or organization's name, correctly. This is the fundamental part of any contract.
Secondly, you should make sure that you have negotiated your salary beforehand, and check that the figure you have agreed on is displayed correctly on the contract thereafter. Then, thirdly, you should make sure that you have agreed on how many days off and holidays you will get per year, and, in addition, if you receive a bonus or commission if you are working in sales. It is very important to check that everything that was agreed verbally, with your employer, is displayed correctly on the contract, and signed.
If, for example, you are trying to negotiate your waiter/waitress work contract, you may be politely shown the door if you ask for too much, for example, “I am planning to go to Ibiza with my mates for 2 weeks in July…”, which may be very inconvenient for most employers, as they may need you there in during that time. Likewise, if you are thinking about asking for higher pay, you may just be told that the other candidate got the job.