Fixed-term contracts

A fixed-term employee is someone employed on a contract for a defined period. The period may be defined by time (for example, a period of months or years), by reference to the completion of a task, or by reference to a specific event.


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Job insecurity fuelling university staff hardship

4 Jul 2019

Seven in 10 university academics and teaching staff say their mental health has been “damaged” by working on insecure contracts,...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2019: Ex-employee grievances

2 Jul 2019

Can an employer ignore a grievance if the employee no longer works for the organisation?
The most popular FAQ on...

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How Lloyds Banking Group built agile working into recruitment

7 Mar 2019

Offering flexible working may not be enough to attract and retain talent in today’s job market – agile working needs...

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Recruitment process outsourcing: the future is ‘total talent’

6 Mar 2019

Employers are battling economic uncertainty but still struggle to source much-needed skills. In such a volatile jobs market, what role...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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Three things to consider when hiring Christmas temps

21 Nov 2018

With the festive season almost upon us, and the Black Friday sales beginning this week, many employers are looking for...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2018 – probation dismissals and unavailable companions

2 Oct 2018

Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?

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Seasonal workers: key contractual issues for employers

29 Aug 2017

In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times...

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Redundancy pools: myth vs fact

30 Jun 2017

Determining the correct composition of the redundancy pool is a step in the right direction to carrying out a fair...

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Candidate availability hits a 16-month low, says REC

9 May 2017

The UK jobs market has experienced its steepest drop in candidate availability for 16 months, according to the Recruitment and...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2017: Gender pay gap reporting and the apprenticeship levy

9 Mar 2017

What's keeping HR professionals awake at night?

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Gig economy will grow, say half of HR leaders

2 Feb 2017

Nearly 40% of companies hire staff on a temporary or project basis, and “gig economy” working is set to grow,...

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ECJ: do not use fixed-term contracts for permanent needs

9 Dec 2016

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) case challenged the legality of Spanish legislation that permits the renewal of fixed-term contracts...

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Universities accused of Sports Direct-style zero hours contracts

17 Nov 2016

University academics are increasingly being forced to accept zero hours contracts, work through temping agencies and other forms of “precarious...

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