Employment contracts

Last updated: 15 November 2019

All employees have an employment contract with their employer. A contract is an agreement that sets out an employee's:

  • employment conditions
  • rights
  • responsibilities
  • duties

These are called the 'terms' of the contract.

Visit GOV.UK for information on employment contracts, including:

  • contract terms
  • implied terms
  • collective agreements
  • written statement of employment particulars
  • problems with a written statement

Types of contract

As an employer, the tax and employment responsibilities you have for your staff will depend on the type of contract you give them and their employment status.

Visit GOV.UK for information on contract types, including the differences between:

  • full-time and part-time contracts
  • fixed-term contracts
  • agency staff
  • freelancers, consultants and contractors
  • zero hour contracts
  • employing family, young people and volunteers