Fixed-term contracts

Last updated: 21 Jul 2020

A fixed-term contract is where the employment contract is:

  • for a specified period
  • to complete a particular task, or
  • ends on the occurrence (or non-occurrence) of a specific event.

Being on a fixed-term contract can affect:

  • career progression
  • access to training
  • the ability to get a mortgage.

Many employees across the economy work on fixed-term contracts or as casual staff.

Bectu opposes the indiscriminate use of temporary appointments because they undermine the security, terms and conditions, and career development of all our members. We campaign for members on temporary and permanent contracts to have the same terms and conditions.

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