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I am currently in a job share with someone who has just

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I am currently in a job share with someone who has just handed in their resignation. I would like to increase my hours to cover the whole role, what are the legal implications for this? Would I have to be interviewed for the other part of the role if I am already in it? I am aware that there is someone in another team that would also like the role but they are not currently at the same level I would like to know where I stand.

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How long have you worked there for?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It's a local authority that I have worked with for 16 years but been in this post for 1 year 1 month

Thank you. Being in a job share does not mean you have any sort of automatic rights to the other part of the job – you are effectively doing two separate roles (i.e. one role was split into two) and each will have its own rights. Therefore, if there is suddenly a vacancy in the other part of the job share, you do not automatically get first refusal for the extra hours or have any priority for getting it. The employer could still conduct a formal and competitive recruitment process, which could require you to go through the same hoops as anyone else interested in it. The fact you are already doing that job does mean you could potentially have an advantage over them but that is for the employer to decide.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.

you are welcome and all the best

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