Different types of contract

There are different types of work contract and different types of employment status. Find out which type you have now, or which type you are being offered, if you are staring a new job.

Employment status

You may be a ‘worker’ or an ‘employee’.

Worker status and your rights as a ‘worker’

Employee status and your rights as an ‘employee’

Employee contracts

Get information and key terms explained from:

Citizens Advice Bureau – contracts

Citizens Advice Bureau – basic rights at work

Money Advice Service – Key rights and terms explained

Zero Hours contracts

Many employers now use Zero Hours contracts. These contracts do not give you guaranteed work. Get information about your rights under Zero Hours contracts from:

the Government

ACAS – Zero hours contract key facts

Citizens Advice Bureau

Agency Work

Many people get work through an agency. These jobs might last for a few weeks or longer. You have different rights depending on how long you have worked for the same employer. Get information about your rights under temporary or agency contracts from:

the Government

ACAS – key points

ACAS – rights on day one and at week twelve of your contract

Money Advice Service – temps and agency workers

Voluntary work

A volunteer is someone who does work for an organisation for free. Volunteers do not get given employment contracts. Sometimes they are given agreements by the organisation they are working for. Generally they are only paid out of pocket expenses. Get information about your rights as a volunteer from

the Government

Volunteering England – if things go wrong

Volunteering England – volunteering & state benefits

Internship or Work Placements

An intern is someone who is doing a work placement to get work experience. They may or may not be paid depending on the contract their employer gives them. Get information about your rights as an intern, or on a work placement from:

the Government

Volunteering England – Internship explained

Trades Union Congress (TUC) – campaign on rights for Interns

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