When you get a job offer
You'll need to agree on your pay, hours and working conditions. You can get money to help pay the costs of starting a new job.
Before you accept your job offer
Get the details of the job in writing before you hand in your notice at your current job. If something goes wrong and your new employer withdraws the offer, you could end up being out of work.
Handing in your notice
Advice and templates you can use when writing your resignation letter to your current boss.
If you're receiving a benefit
You need to tell Work and Income about any change in your circumstances, like starting work.
Your employment contract and rights
You should always review your employment contract before signing it.
Learn about employment contracts
Find out what they cover and how to get legal advice.
Your employment rights
- minimum employment rights
- taking breaks
- public holidays
- annual leave
- sick leave
- trial periods.
Look for a trade union
Trade unions can help you with your employment contract.
Get free legal advice
The Citizens Advice Bureau can give you free legal advice. They can also help you learn about your employment rights.
Benefits, allowances, grants and other help you can get from Work and Income when you’re starting work.
Get help before you start work
You can get a payment to help you with the costs of starting a job, for example relocation costs and living expenses until your first pay.
Get help and support as you begin working
Get advice on ways to manage your time, learn new skills and get help with things like budgeting while you get used to your new working routine.
Help if you have a disability
If you have a disability you can get money to make changes to your workplace to make it easier to stay in work or get work, for example pay for ramps and new computers.