Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Your rights at work

HR woman sitting across the desk from an employee

In the UK almost everyone in any kind of work is entitled to basic working rights. However, there are exceptions so please explore the information we link to carefully.

You can also seek advice from:


Your basic working rights


Additional rights

If you are employed under a contract of employment then you gain additional rights, but these do not come into effect until you have worked for a specific length of time. For example, the following entitlements come into effect gradually over the first two years of your employment:

  • Maternity leave or emergency leave
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Equal pay to members of the opposite sex doing a comparable job
  • Advance notice if you are to be dismissed
  • A written statement of your terms of employment
  • Redundancy pay  

Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679