In this article we'll try to answer some of the common questions we get asked about secondments and deputising.
A secondment is usually a temporary vacancy, most often back-filling for another colleague on an extended period of leave, and therefore are usually time limited with a defined end date. They are also often used for projects that are needed for defined periods of time.
Here's some other things you need to know about secondments:
Sometimes secondments are offered as an alternative to redundancy. Accepting a secondment gives you a longer period of time to find a suitable alternative and permanent role, but if you're unable to secure another role you will still be made redundant at the end of the secondment period.
Deputising may be applicable where you take on significant accountability and responsibility, which would normally be performed by a more senior colleague, for a period of at least a month. This is often to cover shorter-term absences or staffing gaps.
Things you might want to know about deputising:
Sometimes the business may ask you, or you may ask them, to undertake additional activities outside the normal scope of your role. You would not normally be entitled to any additional payment as a result of this unless there is a significant uplift in your responsibilities, and this will continue for a more significant period of time.
Any requests from the business should not be unreasonable, and you should not be forced to take on additional responsibility that you don't feel comfortable or competent to perform.