Paying for your own work uniform?
if you do have to you’ll find you can claim something back off the tax man anyway. I used to work in care with provided uniforms yet we had to launder them ourselves and its a tax deductible cost, quite handy to know as you can claim it back for the last four years I think. Depending on the sector etc you work in the budget varies but could see a few quid in your pocket.Posted 4 years agoMukeMember
Never heard of that before but (from HM Revenue) You can get tax relief on the cost of repairing, cleaning or replacing a uniform if:
It’s a recognizable uniform that shows you’ve got a certain sort of job – like a nurse or police uniform, your employer requires you to wear it while you’re working or you’ve got to pay for it yourself.
So based on the the last statement maybe they can but seems a bit out of order to me.
How is the new job going then ?Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
If they won’t pay, turn up nude. You’ll find action is taken fairly quickly.
I’m the other way round. Our company issued a whole load of new workwear with logos on which actually looks quite good. I fancied one of the rain coats for site visits and things, asked and was refused. I offered to pay and was refused that too! Bonkers.Posted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
Doesn’t sound right but how peeved I would feel about it would depend partly on whether I liked the uniform but also on how much they were charging you for it. Is it subsidised, at cost or profit making?
I know you didn’t ask for opinions but it’s all I’ve got 😐Posted 4 years agogeetee1972Member
The wife has to buy her own uniform from BA just like Ryan Air employees.
I think its perfectly reasonable. I have to buy all my own work clothes and I can’t even get a tax deduction for them. And before you say anything, I am as likely to wear my work suit outside of work as my wife is to wear her pilot’s uniform outside of work.Posted 4 years ago
Can an employer make you pay for your own work uniform?
I’ve googled it and can’t find a straight answer but what I’m looking for is some actual legislation or similar facts, rather than just opinions….. 🙂
I know if you work in an office and wear a suit, you pay for your own suit etc, but I’m talking about clothes with the company logo on them, t-shirts, sweatshirts etc, the logo being the thing that makes a difference.
CheersPosted 4 years ago
A friend worked in an AllSaints store, he had to buy a full outfit first day he worked there.
He did get staff rates of 50%, but if you know AllSaints prices by the time you’ve got a full outfit (and I mean full, socks included) hats easily £150 – £200 quid before you’ve even had your first coffee.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Some jobs require you to drive your own car, so I suppose that’s similar. Wearing a uniform does after all save wear and tear on your own clothes.
If you have to shave or cut your hair for work, I guess you could claim the cost of razors or clippers from HMRC..? 🙂Posted 4 years agoaphex_2kMember
The hospital I’m at now you have to buy your own uniform for certain wards. On the psych wards we all wear civvies and can include shoes / sunnies / clothes / suncream in our tax return. PPE is all free and we often have to wear aprons etc to clean up wee poo and sick as the cleaners aren’t allowed to do this (!) We also have stock of paper suits gloves and protective glasses for the more narcy pscyh patients who require secluding or rapid tranq as they generally don’t want to play and like to fight, spit, get blood on you or beat the crap out of you. I feel so much more protected in a white paper suit.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I was docked £15 for ‘uniform’ from my last paycheck at Budgens.
Presumably they bank on you not bothering to come back and causing a fuss about it infront of cutomers. Wouldn’t have been so bothered but it was crap polyester shirt in clashing colours, and in 2 years there they still hadn’t actualy supplied me with an actual uniform, just an old shirt with a dubious stain on the back!Posted 4 years ago
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