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Dear Employer

Do you want to know how to p*ss me off? Three months after I started working for you - four months after I signed 2 different versions of your contract* and offer letter - now you come to me and tell me that there was a mistake with my compensation package? That you weren’t meant to be paying me a car allowance? Really??? We’re nearly 4 pay packets in and you’ve only just realised? You had to ask me what was in my contract/offer letter?? What about the forms you had to fill out in order to hire me in the first place? Surely you have a copy of those?

When I filed my first expense claim last month, my boss queried the rate I used for my mileage claim because I’d used the car allowance rate. Now his boss - the “hiring manager” - has come back to him saying that HR must have made a mistake because I wasn’t meant to have a car allowance. The thing is: both versions of the contract I signed AND the offer letter clearly state that I have the choice of a company car or a car allowance**.

The last three months have been fun. I’ve enjoyed virtually all of it. I told you at my interview that I wanted a permanent job and, although this is a one year fixed term contract***, it doesn’t usually feel like I’m on borrowed time. When I notice anything, it feels as if you’re testing me out to try to find a fit for me somewhere in the company.

If I am being pessimistic instead of optimistic, I would say that I had a job until September because I can’t see what you’ll do with me once SAP goes live in July. I do not know what you have planned. I keep thinking that, if I get lucky, the SAP team will co-opt me and take me along for the next roll-out, in the next division they do.

Just don’t p*ss me off, please.

- Pam



* I have no recollection why/what the difference was that meant I had to sign the second version.

** As if I’d give up driving Lucky. He’s only nine and has less than 130,000 miles on the clock. He’s virtually a new car.

*** Contractually, I’m an employee with all the legal rights, privileges and obligations of an employee. That includes holiday pay, sick leave and employer pension contributions.
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