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Casualised contract information for members

This part of the resources pages are aimed at fixed-term, hourly paid and members on other types of casualised contracts.

The links below are intended to help you understand the issues and the legislation regarding casualised contracts and we hope that you find it useful.

However, before taking any action you should talk to your branch or local association. It's likely that there will be other UCU members in the same position and the branch/LA will be able to provide you with local information and any support and advice that you may need.

As well as the pages below, see also:

The ending of a fixed-term contract - some information

The ending or expiry of a fixed term contract is regarded as a dismissal in law.

UCU hourly paid survival guide

Hourly paid staff make a huge contribution to the education sector and yet the vast majority are low paid and have no job security or career progression. UCU's 'hourly paid survival guide' uses the experience and advice of members to provide a practical resource for such staff.

Zero-hours contracts law change

Following the implementation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, a zero-hours contract is now legally defined for the first time

Fixed-term regulations: requesting confirmation of permanence

Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 - Regulation 9 - Requesting confirmation of permanence from your employer

Fixed-term regulations: requesting a written statement

Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 - Regulation 5 - Requesting a written statement from your employer