Types of Employment


Full-time:
  • works, on average, around 38 hours per week
  • usually works regular hours each week
  • has fully paid leave entitlements
  • is a permanent employee or on a fixed-term contract
Part-time:
  • works, on average, less than 38 hours per week
  • usually works regular hours each week
  • is entitled to the same benefits as a full-time employee, at a partial rate corresponding to the proportion of full-time hours they work
  • has paid leave entitlements
  • is a permanent employee or on a fixed-term contract
Casual:
  • does not have a firm commitment in advance from an employer about how long they will be employed for, or the days (or hours) they will work. They are entitled to some, but not all, of the benefits given to permanent workers
Fixed-term contract:
  • employed for a specific period or task, on a full-time or part-time basis
  • entitled to the same wages, penalty rates and leave as permanent employees
Shiftworker:
  • works outside normal working hours and receives extra payment for doing so
Daily and weekly hire:
  • works on a day-to-day basis or weekly basis
Probation:
  • an employer may put a new employee on probation to determine if he/she is suitable for the role of business. The employer decides how long the probation period will be. It can range from a few weeks to a few months from the start of employment
Outworkers:
  • contractors or employees who perform their work at home or at a place that wouldn’t normally be thought of as a business premise. Outworkers are common in the textile, clothing or footwear industry

For more information visit Fair Work or download A guide to hiring new employees!

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