Contracts of employment, by definition, are legally binding agreements between an employer and an employee. They consist of express terms written into the employment contract and implied terms which are not expressly stated. Although employment contracts are governed by contract law, there are many statutory rules which affect employment contracts too.
This factsheet focuses on the contract of service, rather than a contract for services which might apply to a subcontractor or freelance worker. The factsheet provides introductory guidance on employment contracts and examines the items included in the written statement of particulars and their legal context. It also provides advice on drafting or amending contracts and varying the contractual terms.