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No record of having a job

adamnew Community member Posts: 6 Listener

Hello, I hope you are well. I am new to this forum.

I have been unemployed for over 10 years due to health problems. I receive NI credits to get a pension if I live to reach retirement. I don't receive any other benefits and live with relatives.

A disability friendly employer has offered a job working online as a temp for a couple of months, conditional on references.

I contacted my last job's HR who said that due to data protection they don't keep past employee records for longer than several years after an employee has left.

There is literally no record that I have ever worked which is upsetting as I worked for a number of years at different jobs. I have P45s and P60s with limited details but no accurate references. Has anyone had a similar problem getting references of past jobs? Any advice on what I could do would be really appreciated



  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 564 Pioneering


    When discussing future employment with potential employers, it's important to be transparent about your situation. Explain the employment gap by mentioning your health issues and highlight the difficulties in obtaining traditional employment references due to the passage of time and data protection policies. Employers dedicated to disability inclusion are often understanding and may offer flexibility regarding your circumstances.

    Additionally, use your P45s and P60s as proof of previous employment; these documents, while not providing detailed references or job descriptions, do confirm that you were employed. If possible, try to reach out to any former supervisors or managers who have since left the company, as they might be able to provide references that can support your application.

  • adamnew
    adamnew Community member Posts: 6 Listener

    Thanks for your advice.

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