Don’t suffer from contract confusion

Don’t suffer from contract confusion

Tuesday, 6th of August

Don’t suffer from contract confusion

Are you clear on what contract you are working on? You may have seen in the news recently that companies have been employing people on zero hour contracts, figures from the Office for National Statistics last week suggested 250,000 workers were on zero-hours contracts. It is important that you are aware of what contract you are on and what hours you should be working.

Once you’re 18 you’re classed as an ‘adult worker’ and different rules apply. Here is an overview of the type of contracts there are:

Full time and part time contracts:

  • You must have a written statement of employment or contract
  • You should receive payslips showing all deductions, e.g. National Insurance contributions (NICs)
  • You will be aware of your Statutory Sick Pay (SSP),maternity, paternity and adoption pay and leave
  • You should receive at least the minimum wage

Fixed term contracts:

  • Your contract will last for a certain length of time and that will be set in advance
  • The contract can end when a specific task is completed or a specific event has taken place
  • Fixed-term employees receive the same treatment as full-time permanent staff

Agency Staff:

  • Your work place will pay the agency, including your National Insurance contributions and Statutory Sick Pay
  • You will have access to the work place’s facilities, and information on job vacancies
  • After 12 weeks of continuous employment in the same role, agency workers get the same terms and conditions as permanent employees, for example, working time, rest periods, breaks and annual leave

Freelancers, consultants, contractors:

  • You should receive payslips showing all deductions, e.g. National Insurance contributions (NICs)
  • You will be aware of your Statutory Sick Pay (SSP),maternity, paternity and adoption pay and leave
  • You should receive at least the minimum wage

Zero contract hours:

  • You are employed as self-employed or are part of another company
  • You may have to look after your own tax and National Insurance contributions. Make sure you check this!
  • You may not be entitled to the same rights as other workers, e.g. minimum wage
  • Your work place is still responsible for your health and safety

Zero contract hours:

  • Zero hour contracts are usually for a ‘piece of work’ or ‘on call’ work
  • You’re on call to work when you are needed
  • Your employer doesn’t have to give you work and you don’t have to work when asked

Make sure you are aware of what type of contract you are working on.

Ensure you have your contract on email, saved somewhere and if possible a hard copy.Read your contract fully, if you don’t understand anything ask your employer, they will be able to help you. They put it together for you, so they will understand what it means for you.

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