Hello, I have a clause in my employment contract stating I can't work (should I leave my employer) for the other 3 major players in my industry, in the same geographical area. My industry is classed as an oligopoly & outside the other big three, there are only small independents. It states that if I was to leave for one of the named competitors, they can enforce, entirely at their discretion a period of up to 6 months, of "gardening leave". They say they will pay me for this period, however who is going to offer you a contract in the first place, if you can't work for 6 months? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.