There isn’t a denying that the UK is submerged in a value of dwelling disaster, with Shelter reporting a rise of 45% (since April 2022) in renters being behind with, or constantly struggling to pay, their lease (a rise to nearly 2.5 million renters). It’s no shock that many are turning to second (and even third) jobs to attempt to improve their revenue.
Getting one other revenue stream in itself might trigger potential points when it comes to time (and lack of it for household and your family members) and elevated tiredness, in addition to the dearth of any work-life stability, however some may even see no different possibility than to tackle one other job.
Nonetheless, additional issues might happen when your new revenue stream impacts your current job, and never simply due to your tiredness and lack of power.
May your new revenue stream, taken on to assist maintain your head above water, really put you in jeopardy of shedding your primary revenue?
Potential implications of taking further jobs
As an worker, you’ll have each categorical and implied phrases inside your contract of employment that, if breached, may carry your employment to a right away finish and, in some instances, imply that it’s important to pay your employer.
Implied phrases embody an obligation of constancy (as established in Faccenda Rooster Ltd v Fowler  3 WLR 288) which, in fundamental phrases, implies that the worker should act in good religion and never compete with their employer.
It could make sense so that you can tackle one other job in your ability set and in an identical business to your primary function, not least as a result of you’ll be able to capitalise in your experience and expertise. Nonetheless, this might fairly simply imply that you’re competing together with your current employer and are due to this fact liable to being dismissed for a breach of your contract.
This implied time period does go additional, however right here I’ve highlighted the methods by which it might be breached (perhaps even innocently) by taking on a second job.
Categorical phrases are prone to be extra apparent and staff ought to be extra conscious of them as they are going to be acknowledged of their contract.
I focus on beneath among the most typical categorical phrases of an employment contract that will trigger points when taking up a second function, however the primary one to look out for must be an categorical clause stating that the worker can not work for anybody else whereas employed by the employer (normally with out their consent or approval). It is a frequent clause inside employment contracts. This may occasionally appear apparent, however it’s stunning how rapidly you overlook all of the clauses you signal as much as as soon as you might be in a job. How many people really return and overview our employment contracts often?
Employment contracts, particularly these for extra senior roles, may additionally embody a clause that states the worker should commit the entire of their time, consideration and skills to the enterprise. Working for one more employer, even when it’s not a competing enterprise, may breach this clause. In case you are working for another person, can you actually be devoting your entire time and a focus to your primary employer?
For some roles, staff may additionally have restrictive covenants (also referred to as post-termination restrictions) and these will limit what they can do each throughout their employment and after their employment ends. These are prone to embody clauses that stop the worker from poaching employees and shoppers from their employer, however may trigger the worker issues in the event that they tackle a second function which means they’re coping with their primary employer’s shoppers or clients and suppliers, as these are prone to be protected by the restrictive covenants. A breach of those covenants could be very pricey, each in defending any authorized motion and injunction but additionally in damages. This might result in the worker shedding their second job (by way of an injunction) in addition to their primary job and result in them paying damages and authorized charges (one thing that could be not possible when the very motive they’ve taken the second job is to assist their monetary scenario).
Finally, taking up that further revenue is probably not all that straightforward and may trigger you to lose your primary revenue and worsen your monetary circumstances.