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Contract of Employment

You must give this to new employees within 8 weeks


Employment Contract

When employing staff it is very important to get the employment contract correct to ensure you meet all the requirements of employment law, but also to ensure you retain the maximum amount of flexibility for your business.

 

There are several different possibilities when you employ staff. You can take them on a permanent employment contract if you are confident the role is ongoing. If the job is likely to run out at a certain point, then a fixed-term employment contract would be a better option.

 

If the most important thing is flexibility, then a zero-hours contract will ensure you only have to pay for the hours when you need your staff to be there. Finally if you don't want the hassle of employing staff, then you can take them on as contractors / freelancers using a contract for services where they invoice you for work carried out and you don't need to deal with tax or national insurance issues.

 

For all these options there is a free template below which you can download and adapt for your business.




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Employment Contract Policy and Document Downloads


Employment Contract Template
This is a blank statement of terms and conditions (contract of employment) which you may download and adapt to your own organisation. Current legislation means that all new employees are entitled to such a statement within 8 weeks of commencement.


Fixed-Term Employment Contract Template
This is a contract template for fixed-term employees, and allows you to specify whether the fixed-term is dependant on time, completion of a task / project, the return of an individual (e.g. following maternity leave) or subject to continued funding.


Zero-Hours Employment Contract Template
This is a contract suitable for staff who you want to employ on an as-required basis and who do not have any guaranteed hours.


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**New** Contract for Services Template
This is a template which you can use if you want to employ freelance or contract staff.


Scrase Employment Solicitors
Document detailing what should be contained in a Statement of Employment Particulars





Useful Links


UK Government Business Website
Tool which allows you to create a written statement of employment.

Advice, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
Information booklet on how to change (vary) a contract of employment

Startup Donut
Q&A on the basics of employment contracts and further information on drawing up the contract here.