Glossary:Temporary employment

Temporary employment includes work under a fixed-term contract, as against permanent work where there is no end-date. A job may be considered temporary employment (and its holder a temporary employee) if both employer and employee agree that its end is decided by objective rules (usually written down in a work contract of limited life). These rules can be a specific date, the end of a task, or the return of another employee who has been temporarily replaced.

Typical cases are:

  • people in seasonal employment;
  • people engaged first by an agency or employment exchange and then hired to a third party to do a specific task (unless there is a written work contract of unlimited life);
  • people with specific training contracts.

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