What are your rights after acting up for two or more years?

I was asked to act up to a more senior position in April 2015, due to my existing line manager going on a secondment for six months. My role wasn’t replaced and I did both my “old” role and the “new” acting up role. After six months, my boss had his secondment extended so I stayed doing both roles. I stayed in this post in all for 15 months before I was offered a secondment in another organisation, on the pay band I was acting up on. Whilst I have been on secondment, my service and another service have been merged and the role I was acting up into was “merged” with another department lead role and this new post was advertised. I chose not to apply as I was keen to gain development on my secondment. I will have to go back to the department as the lower post which was what I was working as prior to acting up. I would just like to know if I have any rights regarding having worked at a higher level for two years at a far higher rate of pay.

On the face of it, there would not appear to be much you can do given that you didn’t apply for the post. However, it is not uncommon for formal secondment agreements to be prepared to deal with an employee’s rights (both in terms of job role and salary) when returning from secondment.

Did you enter into such an agreement or are the terms of your secondment documented? If so, that needs to be studied.  In any event, you need to consider all relevant correspondence from the time of acting up to taking the secondment to see if the issue of what job you would be returning to and on what terms and conditions is dealt with.




Comments [2]

  • Katie says:

    I have been acting ip for 28 months. The organisation is restructuring and my substantive post and the post I am acting up in are being made redundant. I am not being ring fenced and find myself in a position where I can only apply for one post, therefore I am at risk. This is a new post which is a 60% match to the acting up role and there are no technical requirements. I’m told it will be advertised externally as it’s a different salary band. I don’t mind competing for the role, but this seems unfair given my evidenced high performance. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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