Providing a job reference

When an employer has to give a reference

An employer does not have to give a reference by law unless it’s:

  • in writing that the employer will provide one
  • for certain financial services jobs regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) – usually for jobs known as 'controlled functions' (you can find out more about controlled functions on the FCA website)

If an employer has a reference policy this can restrict:

  • how much they include in a reference
  • who can give a reference on the employer’s behalf