Nil hour contracts

Article reviewed: 2013/01/14 | Next review due: 2014/08/02

Under a nil hour contract, the employee agrees to be available for work, but the employer does will only give him work as, and when, required and will only pay for work performed.

The advantage is that the employee enjoys the continuity of employment since the date of commencement of the contract. After one or two years, the employee is entitled to claim unfair dismissal as part of The Working Time Regulations Act 1998.

These contracts are considered as being part-time.

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