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UK: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Darren Newman
Consultant editor: Jo Broadbent


  • Employment contracts may be written or oral, and may contain both express and implied terms. (See General)
  • Only individuals defined as employees may claim many employment rights, and whether or not an individual is considered to be an employee depends on a variety of factors and the particular circumstances. (See Defining employees)
  • An individual who is not an employee may be deemed a "worker", and have limited entitlements under employment legislation. (See Defining workers)
  • Probationary periods typically last for either three or six months and are governed by the terms of the individual employment contract. (See Probationary periods)
  • There are few legal restrictions on, or distinctions between, types of employment contract. (See Types of contract/employee)
  • Within two months after the start of employment, the employer must give the employee a written statement of his or her particulars of employment, containing specified information. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • An employer that wishes to change an employee's terms and conditions must, in general, do so only with the agreement of the employee or, where the term in question derives from a collective agreement, the agreement of the trade union concerned. (See Variation of contract)