You must give your employer 1 week’s notice if you want to leave your job and you’ve worked for them for 1 month or more. You’re usually entitled to normal pay for things like sick leave during your notice period.

Check your employment contract to see if you must give more than 1 week’s notice.

You can give notice verbally or in writing, although it’s advisable to hand in a resignation letter.

You may be in breach of your contract if you don’t give enough notice, or give notice verbally when your employment contract says it should be given in writing.

Your notice period usually runs from the start of the day after you gave your notice in.

Pay rights during your notice period

You’re entitled to your normal hourly pay rate during your notice period, as set out in your contract of employment, for any time that you’re:

  • off sick
  • on holiday
  • temporarily laid off
  • on maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • available to work but your employer doesn’t give you any

You’re not entitled to normal hourly rates during your notice period if you take part in strike action after giving notice.

If you have time off for union duties, antenatal care or to look for work/arrange training during this time you may be entitled to normal pay.

Get free advice about handing in your notice and pay rights from the Acas Helpline.

Acas Helpline
Telephone: 0300 123 1100
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Saturday, 9am to 1pm
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If you can’t resolve a dispute about your notice pay with your employer informally, you can follow your company’s grievance procedures.

If this doesn’t work, you may be able to make a complaint to an employment tribunal for breach of contract.