Fixed term contracts

A fixed term contract is a contract of employment that comes to an end:

  • upon reaching a specified date
  • when a specified task has been completed
  • when a specified event does or does not occur

Examples of fixed term employees are as follows:

  • employees taken on to cover seasonal peaks in demand
  • employees taken on to specifically cover a period of maternity or sick leave
  • employees taken on to provide temporary cover for a permanent employee who is temporarily on secondment or absent for any other reason
  • employees taken on the perform a specific task
  • where funding is only agreed for a specific period of time

Fixed term contract policy (PDF, 326KB)

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