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Dear Seniors
I would like to know that whether an employee can do something else for more earning after working hours of in week ends.
For example: If some college want some industry people to guide their student then will it be legal for that industry people to work after working hours or in weekend. Because college will tell his student that Mr. X from ABC Ltd company will guide. Do company have an authority to fire that guy.

From India, Lucknow
Dear @ Pon1965
If a professional wants to mentor certain students about a corporate environment and the industry to a students who belongs to a semi-urban area and have no exposure to the urban corporates while doing this if a mentor also charges a nominal amount and is giving his services only on a weekend then does he/she need a formal approval from his/her organization?

From India, Lucknow
It will be differ from company to company. Generally no employer will allow their work in any other organisation for profile or non profit basis during the officicial working hours.
It you want to work in any non profilt organisation you should get any remuneration in the name of salary :)
With Regards,
Arunkumar Venkataraman.
" If you dream it, you can do it"

From India, Madras
  • Generally organization with sound management is not bothered about what employee is doing after office hours and on weekends as long as organizations work is not affected.
  • If the activity is not for earning extra income, management should bother least.
  • many employees do carry on with activities for earning additional income with or without knowledge of management without facing any problem.

From India, Pune
Your query does not indicate whether you are asking question for yourself as an employee, or on behalf of your organisation in which you or other employees are employed and have to work for some advisory jobs, or on behalf of some educational institute that needs help of industry experts to suitably advise your students. In all the three situations reply would be quite different.

If you seek solution to your own problem, unless your organisation specifically prohibits your part time job through employee conduct rules, you are free to do such advisory jobs in your spare time.

If you are asking on behalf of your organisation, as an HR professional, if you or your organisation has any objection in engagement of your employees on part time basis before or after working hours, you would specifically need to add such provision in the terms and conditions of employment for your employees.

If you have asked the question on behalf of an educational institute or even some other organisation, irrespective of whether that is a commerical or non-profit organisation, and you need services of industry experts for rendering proper advice to your students or employees under training, you need not bother about what are the terms and conditions between the employer and employee, to ask for his services. Even you can send your request direct to the employee or through his employer for sparing his services for advisory job. That is the headache of the employee whether or not to get permission from his employer.

From India, Delhi
Dear Ravindra,

PS Dinghra has asked pertinent questions and also has given you answers to different scenarios. I support his response with examples from my experience.

When working in India for a defence establishment, the organisation encouraged staff to teach on part-time courses, after work, on Diploma courses run by that. Also, Indian Institutes of Management and other research establishments allow their staff to do consultancy and the proceeds from that are shared between the staff member and the institute.

In the UK, while working in industry, I have done voluntary work as an advisor to Young Enterprise Scheme. Most of the advisors were from industry. Similarly, I have also taught on part-time courses in the evening in a college. As there was no stipulation that I could not work nd as the college was not a competitor I had no problem. Even in the UK, academic staff can engage in consultancy work (with the permission of the employer) and the proceeds are shared. Academics are encouraged to work as external examiners for other institutions and become members of assessment panels, etc.

Have a lovely day.


Learning & Teaching Fellow (Retd)

The University of Bolton, UK

From United Kingdom
Dear Seniors Thanks for your valuable advices. My special thanks to Mr. PSDhingra & Mr. Simhan. I have asked this question on behalf of an Educational Consultancy.
From India, Lucknow
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