An Introduction to Employing Staff on Fixed-term Contracts

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  • Published: October 2015
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

It is sometimes necessary for employers to recruit additional staff for a fixed period of time in order to meet increased demands for their products or services. Staff on fixed-term contracts are covered by the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 (as amended), which give all people employed on fixed-term contracts the right not to be treated less favourably than comparable permanent staff.

This factsheet looks at employing people on fixed-term contracts. It explains what a fixed-term contract is and the situations in which they might be used. It also gives an overview of the relevant legislation and some pitfalls to be aware of.

Employment law is a complicated area and this factsheet is intended as a starting point only. Professional advice should be sought before any decisions are made.

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