Fixed-term employees

Topic Index
What is a fixed-term contract?
Who is covered?
Protection from discimination
Pro rata principle
Protection from dismissal
Written statement of reasons
Successive fixed-term contracts
Expiry of a fixed-term contract



  • The Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 (FTR) give fixed-term employees the right to be treated no less favourably than permanent employees who are employed by the same employer and who are doing the same or similar work.
  • Fixed term contracts are common in the public and voluntary sectors (where there is funding for specific projects or for a limited period of time); in television (for the duration of a particular series); and in academia (for specific research projects).
  • Fixed term contracts are also frequently used in all sectors to cover for maternity leave. They are also used for short-term seasonal contracts designed to proved for an increased workload, such as fruit picking in the summer or working in a shop in the lead up to Christmas....
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