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Written statements of terms and conditions of employment

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Most employees are entitled a written statement containing the main terms and conditions of employment, however, anyone who is not an employee, for example an independent contractor or freelancer, plus certain mariners and employees who ordinarily work outside Great Britain are not normally entitled to one.

What should be included in a written statement?

The following information should be included in one single document known as the principal statement:

  • name of employer and employee
  • date employment and continuous employment started
  • job location
  • pay and whether it's weekly, monthly pay etc
  • working hours
  • holiday entitlement
  • job description/job title
  • details of any collective agreements that directly affect the employee's conditions of employment.

Additional information can be provided in other documents such as staff handbooks, intranet sites on: