13 December 2023

New rules for fixed term contracts

From 6 December, there are new rules when engaging employees on fixed term contracts. 

The new rules include limitations on how fixed term contracts can be made. They relate to: 

  • time - how long a fixed term contract can be 
  • renewal - renewing a fixed term contract, including how many times a contract can be renewed  
  • consecutive contracts - employing a person on consecutive fixed term contracts.  

There are some exceptions to who the limitations apply to.  

You’re also now required to give every new fixed term employee a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement before they start work or as soon as possible after.