Fixed Term Employees

Fixed term employees have a right not to be treated less favourably than comparable permanent employees on the grounds they are fixed term employees.

Fixed Term Contracts

Fixed term employees are those on contracts that last for a specified period of time, or which will end when a specified task has been completed, or a specified event does or does not happen.

Employees on a fixed term have a right not to be treated less favourably than comparable permanent employees on the grounds they are fixed term employees, unless this is objectively justified.

A fixed term employee can compare their treatment to the treatment of a comparable permanent employee.

Either each of the employee’s terms and conditions of employment should not be less favourable than the equivalent treatment given to their comparator, or their overall package of conditions should not be less favourable. In both instances any less favourable treatment would need to be justified on objective grounds. 

A comparable permanent employee is someone who works for the same employer in the same establishment, doing the same or broadly similar work, and the comparator’s skills and qualifications must be taken into account where they are relevant to the job.

There is no limit on the duration of the first fixed term contract, although if a contract of four years or more is renewed, it will be treated from then as permanent unless the use of a fixed term contract is objectively justified.


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Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Admin