What must be written in an employment contract

The right to written terms

As of 6 April 2020, anyone legally classed as an employee or worker has the right to a written document summarising the main terms of their employment.

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

As of 6 April 2020, agency workers have same the right to written terms as other workers and employees.

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

People on zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts cover a range of casual working arrangements. If someone's on a zero-hours contract, their right to written terms depends on whether they're classed as an employee or a worker.

What must be written in an employment contract

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