Employment Contracts

An employment contract is part of UK law and defined by the Government on the gov.uk website.

This contract defines the employees rights to working conditions, their responsibilities and duties, and of course their pay.

The contract is enforceable in law until it is ended, under its conditions, by either the employer or employee. This can be by agreement to change the contract, or by ending the agreement by giving notice or by the employee being dismissed. Surprisingly the Government states that "An employment contract doesn’t have to be written down", though employment lasting more than a month must have a written statement of employment particulars.

This statement must include:

  • the business name
  • employee's name
  • job title and description
  • pay and time of pay
  • hours of work
  • holiday entitlement
  • location of work

The terms of the contract can be written down in a document, verbal, or even on the company notice board. Other applicable terms are those accepted by trade unions, or implied by the law or common sense. One example is having a valid driving license if you accept a job as a lorry driver. Other examples of implied contract terms are not stealing, being granted the minimum holiday entitlement, health & safety at work, and the minimum wage.

Further information is available at: Employment Contracts on the Government website.