Fixed Term

Fixed-term contracts:

  • last for a certain length of time
  • are set in advance
  • end when a specific task is completed
  • end when a specific event takes place

Fixed-term employees must receive the same treatment as full-time permanent staff.

1. What counts as a fixed-term contract

Employees are on a fixed-term contract if both of the following apply:

  • they have an employment contract with the organisation they work for
  • their contract ends on a particular date, or on completion of a specific task, eg a project

Workers don’t count as fixed-term employees if they:

  • have a contract with an agency rather than the company they’re working for
  • are a student or trainee on a work-experience placement
  • are working under a ‘contract of apprenticeship’
  • are a member of the armed forces

They may be a fixed-term employee if they’re:

  • a seasonal or casual employee taken on for up to 6 months during a peak period
  • a specialist employee for a project
  • covering for maternity leave

Date last updated: 30/05/2015