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Can main employer knows about your 2nd job

Policy123 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited August 2023 in Work and employment
Good evening,

Can the main employer know that you are doing second job if you haven't disclosed to anyone except HMRC. And the tax code is standard one with your main employer whereas BR code with second employer. Does HMRC divulge this information to main employer? Thanks


  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
    Your BR tax code will show on your payslip, yes. Your employer will also see this information.
  • Policy123
    Policy123 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thanks for replying. I am asking that whether the first employer will know about your second job despite you will be on standard tax code with them. BR code will be with second employer who knows about the job but I am asking about first (main) employer. 
  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 553 Pioneering

    Hello Policy123

    While the second employer might be aware of your main employment through the tax code (due to the BR tax code), your first (main) employer generally won't automatically know about your second job unless you inform them. 
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,108 Scope online community team
    edited August 2023
    HMRC will not inform your employer about your second job, however there are things you should check regarding a second job.

    As far as I am aware, there is no legal obligation to inform your employer about a second job. However, under common law you cannot compete with your employer.

    Also many work contracts do require you to inform them if you work a second job. I would check your work contract to ensure you are not breaching it.
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