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. Employment contracts are governed by contract law, and only apply to those situations where there is an employer/employee relationship.

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.

CIPD viewpoint

What is a contract of employment?

The legal position

Types of contract

The written statement of particulars

Varying the contract of employment

Useful contacts and further reading

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