If you’re employed, there’s a contract between you and your employer. You might not have anything in writing, but a contract still exists. This is because your agreement to work for your employer and your employer’s agreement to pay you for your work forms a contract. Your employer must give you a written statement the day you start work. The statement must contain certain terms and conditions.
A contract gives both you and your employer certain rights and obligations. The most common example is that you have a right to be paid for the work you do. Your employer has a right to give reasonable instructions to you and for you to work at your job. These rights and obligations are called ‘contractual terms’.
The rights that you have under your contract of employment are in addition to the rights you have under law – for example, the right to be paid the National Minimum Wage and the right to paid holidays.
Generally, you and your employer can agree to whatever terms you want in the contract, but you can’t agree to a contractual term which gives you fewer rights than you have under law .
A contract of employment is usually made up of 2 types of contractual terms: ‘express terms’ and ‘implied terms’.
If you are thinking about employment, you can talk to Student Support and Advice in confidence. We are impartial and here to advise in your best interests. To book a confidential telephone appointment with a specialist adviser, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Student Support on 01522 837080.