Scotland follows the same legislations as the UK. However, as it has it's own administrative body of the Scottish Parliament, it has some of its own national initiatives.
For more information on your rights, consult the UK site DirectGov.
Normal business hours are 9:00-17:00, but many businesses have longer or different opening hours.
Adult workers cannot work more than 48 hours a week on average, but may work more than 48 hours in one week if the average over 17 weeks is less than 48 hours per week. Many executives and managers may stay over this time voluntarily. Other workers can "opt out" of this requirement, but they must be over 18, it must be voluntary, and in writing.
The current minimum wage (in GBP) is:
As a modern, competitive city, Edinburgh offers competitive salaries, although they are -of course- less than London.
Most jobs are under contract. An employment contract must be in writing and the employee should read and understand all conditions before signing. If it is in a language other than your mother tongue, you should allow a trusted advisor (like a lawyer or close friend) that is fluent in that language to inspect it.
An employee has been terminated when an employer brings the contract of employment to an end. This may be due to redundancy (lay-off) or dismissal because of fault of the employee.
An employee may submits a voluntary termination by leaving the job.
Under UK law, an employer can dismiss an employee at any time, although a period of notice must normally be given. The minimum levels of notice an employer must normally give to an employee are laid down in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and depend upon the length of time the employee has been continuously employed.
Almost all workers have the right to paid leave, also called "statutory holiday". People who work full-time, part-time, agency workers and casual workers are all eligible. Only people who are self-employed and a few other exceptions will not be entitled to statutory paid holiday.
Commonly called "bank holidays", these are days where most public/government offices and many private businesses will be closed. The holidays in Scotland are often different from the rest of the UK. There are also other public or local holidays which can be determined by local authorities, based on local tradition. Since 2007, St Andrews Day has also been a permanent bank holiday and April 29th, 2011 is an additional bank holiday for the royal wedding.Holidays (Holidays not held every year in parenthesis):
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