Deciding to leave your job is a big decision, but sometimes it’s the right one. You might need to spend more time with your children or take some time out to look after your own or someone else’s health. You may be struggling to balance work and childcare – it might be hard to find affordable, reliable options near you.
Once you make the decision to leave, there will be lots of things to think about. It’s completely natural to feel nervous about what will happen next. But by taking things step-by-step, you can make your new situation work for your family.
This page offers practical advice and information on what to consider, and how to make sure you’re receiving the help you’re entitled to.
Advice for handing in your notice
If you’re thinking about leaving your job, it’s always a good idea to speak to your employer before you do anything. You might be able to agree time off or more flexible working to help you to stay in your job if you want to. If you’re pregnant or have a new baby, you’ll have special rights at work. Citizens Advice has lots more information on your rights at work.
If you do decide to leave, check how much time you’ll have to work after you hand in your notice. This is called a notice period and will be specified in your contract. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has useful information on handing in your notice and a template resignation letter you can use.
When you finish work, your employer will give you a P45 form. This tells you your tax code, how much you’ve earned and how much tax you’ve paid. You may need your P45 if you’re going to claim Universal Credit or another income-related benefit.
You may also get a tax refund at the end of the financial year or if you decide to go back into work, depending on how much tax you’ve paid. See what to do if you’re due a refund.