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Does my employer have to give me time off for a job interview?

Your nursing contract may not cover this step in your job search, so be prepared to negotiate
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Your nursing contract may not cover this step in your job search, so be prepared to negotiate

As with most things job related, your contract of employment will detail whether you are entitled to time off to attend a job interview and, if so, whether this time off will be paid or not.

If your contract of employment does not specifically grant you the right to time off to attend an interview, it is unlikely your employer will be obliged to automatically provide you with the time off you want. This doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t, just that it is not an automatic right.

Negotiating with your employer

If your employer operates a form of flexible working or a shift system, you can request to work the hours that would provide you with the necessary time

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