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What do these contracts mean?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by anon2047, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Hi, please could someone explain the differences between a temporary, supplu and fixed term contract?
    I have the chance of some work but I don't know what the contract will be and I need to understand if I can apply for other jobs whilst on whichever contract or am I stuck.
    I don't want to miss the chance of a permanent position because I can't apply.
    Many thanks
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Temporary is temporary, and probably is to allow someone on maternity leave or on sick leave to come back when it suits them. You usually have only 1 week's notice (sick cover) or 1 month's notice (maternity).
    Fixed term is what it says: it is a temporary contract until a specific date. BUT there is usually the one week's or one monthy';s notice here too - there is nothing to stop you giving notice (or them giving YOU notice) before the end of the period.
    Supply is usually on a day-by-day basis, but long-term supply exists in the sense that it is called that, but is in fact a temporary contract.
    But having said that, in employment law I believe that temporary and fixed-term are the same thing, so you can only go by what your actual contract says.
    Do not worry - most contracts for short employment allow you to give in your notice before the end if necessary.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.

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