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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
How long have you worked there for? Please note this is not always an instant service and I may not be able to reply immediately. However, rest assured that I am dealing with your question and will get back to you today. Thanks
Many thanks for your patience. Is a pay rise guaranteed under your contract?
They can do – they can have o excuse at all if they wanted to. Pay rises are not a legal entitlement, they are not guaranteed in any way, unless you had this right under contract. So the employer can potentially never give you a pay rise, as long as they continue paying you above the minimum wage. Therefore, they can easily use the studies as a reason not to give you a pay rise because they have no legal obligation to give you one in the first place.
I appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for but it is the legal position and I hope that it at least clarifies where you stand?
All the best