Guide

Understanding fixed-term contracts

Informing fixed-term employees about permanent vacancies

You must inform fixed-term employees of permanent vacancies in your organisation, and give them the same opportunity as others to apply for such roles.

You should inform fixed-term and permanent employees of such vacancies at the same time and in the same way.

Displaying a vacancy notice where all employees can see it or emailing the vacancy to all staff members will usually enable you to do this effectively.

Industrial Tribunals

Finally, under the regulations a fixed-term employee may present a claim to an Industrial Tribunal that he or she has not been informed of available vacancies or that they have suffered a detriment, or less favourable treatment. If you receive such a complaint you can contact the Labour Relations Agency (LRA). Its conciliation service applies to such claims. See details of the LRA’s conciliation and arbitration services.