What must be written in an employment contract

The right to written terms

Anyone legally classed as an employee or worker has the right to a written document summarising the main terms of their employment.

Those legally classed as workers do not have the right to written terms if they started the job before 6 April 2020.

The legal term for this document is the 'written statement of employment particulars'. It includes information such as pay and working hours.

Many people think this document is the 'employment contract', but legally the contract is much broader than the written terms of their employment.

Agency workers

Agency workers have the same right to written terms as other workers and employees.

Find out more about what an employment agency must give its workers