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How to quit my job?

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post 24.Jul.2017, 08:22 PM
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I've been living in Sweden for 2 years, always working for the same company. The thing is I wanna move to Amsterdam ASAP, I've been applying for jobs and I don't think it will take me long until I find something, I work in IT so it's quite easy...

Here's the problem, my current employer wrote in the contract that I need to give a 3 months notice before quitting, when some of my ex colleagues left they stayed for at least 2 months (they removed their holidays i think so they could leave earlier, even if they worked for 10 years). Once again Im having a few interviews for companies in Amsterdam and they always ask me for my notice period here in Sweden, to which i reply "1 month or 1 month and a half".

If someone would hire me and then my current employer wouldnt let me go, I'd lose both jobs/chances.

If i talk to my current employer and tell them that I'm planning to move to the Netherlands, they will "fire me" and I have to hope for the best to find something in 1,5 - 2 months else I'd be jobless...

What do I do? I heard that the swedish law says that you can quit anytime you want after 1 month and they can't force you to stay, but i dont know if my company is part of the Union or what. I don't wanna be doomed to stay in a country if im bored, they don't have such silly law in the Netherlands, Scotland or any other country I lived before . Why would anyone keep someone who doesnt want to work for you anymore, i wanna move forward with my career and not waste any more time, 3 months is an insane amount of time.

Thanks in advance
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yet another brit
post 24.Jul.2017, 08:47 PM
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Joined: 5.Jan.2013

I wouldn't worry, most places will let you go (without pay) if you ask. The rules are there to protect the employee; the unions won't complain if you actually want to leave. Besides, you probably have some holiday saved?

If you have some particularly specialist role/project where they genuinely need three months (the legal norm is two, unless otherwise contracted, I recall) to transfer everything, then make a transition plan pronto so that life is easier for everyone.
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post 24.Jul.2017, 09:12 PM
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Joined: 24.Jul.2017

QUOTE (yet another brit @ 24.Jul.2017, 09:47 PM) *
I wouldn't worry, most places will let you go (without pay) if you ask. The rules are there to protect the employee; the unions won't complain if you actually want to ... (show full quote)

I still have 25 paid vacation days that i haven't used so I was either expecting to get the money for those days or just forget about them and leave after 1 month.

The entire company is involved in a big project in North America, i've been there like 5 times and one of the reasons why i wanna quit apart from moving obviously, is that they expect me to go there for ONE MONTH... which is not gonna happen. I don't wanna leave in bad terms cause they are really cool people but there's no other thing I can do, no one will take me in Amsterdam if i tell them to wait for 3 months.

So you're saying I shouldn't have any problems? one way or another they have to let me go?
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post 25.Jul.2017, 06:40 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 1.Jan.2014

Your employment contract will state what the notice period is from your side, and possibly also from the employers side. The law is constructed to protect positions in companies and employers, in this respect it is not intended to protect a specific employee (there is a subtle difference between position and employee). E.g. You have to give a certain notice period so that the employer has a chance find someone else to fill that position before you leave, it protects the position and the employer.

If however your contract (regardless if you signed it or not) states terms that are worse than whatever is stated in law, then the law applies not the contract. Law can require longer notice period than is stated in contracts depending upon your importance to the employer.

In your case, if your contract states 3 months notice from either side, then that is what is valid. You can only leave, without breaking the contract and opening yourself to possible legal action, earlier than 3 months if you reach agreement with your employer. Note, you cannot use your vacation to pad out the notice period unless it is also agreed with your employer in advance, the employer always has last say when you can take vacation.

Most employers are reasonable, depending upon your utilisation they may agree readily to you leaving. It is always obvious that there is no reason to keep an employee longer than they want because what kind of effort are you going to put into your work tasks by being "forced" to stay. The only time they are most reluctant is if they have tight deadlines and face penalties or you are going to a competitor.
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