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Can I ask to start work after Christmas?

I have a current job, but I have found another job that gives me more potential. They havent given me a start date yet, I need to come in and fill out some forms because they need to do a CRB check which can 2 weeks or more. I would also like to give my job 2 weeks notice as I have been there for over 5 years. Thing is, in this new job, you dont get any time off for xmas! Luckily, xmas falls on a sunday so i will get the day off but not boxing day (british holiday). I already have plans to see family that day as I have 5 days off for xmas in my current job. I need to go to the new job this week and fill in the paperwork for the check, and Im sure they will give me a start date but I have a feeling it will be before xmas, can I ask to start after? I get paid every 2 weeks, my job requires two weeks notice

Asked By: - 12/5/2011
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Cei's answer is good save for notice- it doesn't matter how you're paid, it is down to to what your contract says. If you have no contract you actually only need to give one week. (UK)
Answered By: Sarah - 12/5/2011
Additional Answers (3)
I think you can safely say you won't be starting before Christmas... More
Answered By: Cei - 12/5/2011
 
No harm in asking them .. explain the truth and since you already have the job im sure they dont want to have to get into contact with the other people who were rejected just because of a few days training etc. they cant tell you that you lost the job just because of asking that and ofcourse you could raise it up with... More
Answered By: Baa - 12/5/2011
 
Yes, you can, but very carefully..... It would have been better and very appropriate for you to mention your availability when they offered you the job, and right after you accepted, as they usually will ask you when would you like to start, but if they don't, then advise them asap of your holiday arrangements, of... More
Answered By: Lisa Huff - 12/5/2011
 
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