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.

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

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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Fixed-term contracts: five points for employers

16 Aug 2016

Engaging employees under fixed-term contracts can provide employers with workforce flexibility. Fixed-term employees have an array of rights, in particular...

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Lloyds Bank last month announced job cuts and branch closures amid Brexit fallout. Photo: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock

Top 10 HR questions July 2016: Brexit

2 Aug 2016

As the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU sank in during July, employers began looking...

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Top 10 HR questions January 2016: Gender pay gap reporting

3 Feb 2016

Large employers will soon have a duty to report information on their gender pay gap. With much of the detail...

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Unite members protest against zero hours contracts at Sports Direct. Photo: Matthew Taylor/REX Shutterstock

Zero hours contracts guidance for employers published

19 Oct 2015

The Government has published guidance for employers on the use of zero hours contracts detailing their appropriate – and inappropriate...

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What is the maximum workplace temperature? City workers head outside to enjoy the sunshine. Photo: REX

Top 10 HR questions June 2015: Maximum workplace temperatures

2 Jul 2015

As temperatures rise, employers have been checking their duties to employees in hot weather. The most popular FAQ on XpertHR...

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Getting off to a good start with temporary staff induction

22 May 2015

Many employers focus their induction efforts on permanent staff, but a new online onboarding system can help them ensure that...

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