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I have worked for the organisation for over twenty years in a part time capacity, including several changes of role during that time. I have worked three days/week for the past 10 years.
My training work with the other organisation began in 2008, two days a week. At that time I did do some training work for my current employer, but the contract did not mention anything about not working for competitors, and it was never a problem. I was re-deployed in 2011, and the new training post contracts did have a clause requiring consent of the employer if working for a competitor training organisation. However, as the new training work clashed with my external work anyway, I did not apply and accepted redeployment. It was never made clear if my external work would have prevented me being employed in a training role.
Thanks for your answer. It is clear, and as expected. However, I wonder if you could comment further on my request to my employer to indicate how my working for a competitor would affect my application. I would like a straight answer before applying because, if it would disqualify me, I don't want to go through the whole application process. However, their response suggests it is something they think I should discuss at interview. I find this odd, as it is a condition they have made, not one I have asked for.
Can I insist they tell me their position before I apply, or are they within their rights to require me to apply, and then discuss this at interview? They already know about the work I do for another employer, and (in my view) they already know enough about this employer to know if it would be a conflict of interest or not.
Your advice welcome.