Do I Need to Give My Employee an Employment Contract?

11 July 2022

The short answer is no. You do not need to give your employee an employment contract. But, because of this, many don’t, and they prioritise other tasks. 

But is this a good idea? 

No. Just because you don’t have one, it doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist. 

UK employment law states that if you pay someone in return for work, this is enough to constitute a contract of employment.

However, those employed longer than one month, regardless of hours worked, should be given a written statement of employment particulars within the first two months. Although this wouldn’t constitute a formal contract, it will include most of the information required.

Why should you provide a contract or a written statement of employment?

These documents not only protect your employee but provide them with job certainty. 

It also allows you to set out what you expect from them and removes any misunderstandings.

If you are worried about any of the above we would be happy to help. Please contact our Payroll Team.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Jo Simpson MCIPPdip,Payroll Manager
Employer giving employee a contract of employment

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