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Fixed term and part time work

Employers must not treat part-time or fixed-term workers differently from comparable full-time workers in key areas including pay rates.

You must not treat part-time workers less favourably than comparable full-time workers. For example, they should get the same hourly rates of pay, the same leave entitlements in proportion to the number of days they work each week, the same entitlement to parental leave, and the same access to promotion opportunities.

Any treatment that puts part-time workers at a disadvantage could risk a complaint to an Employment Tribunal, or it could lead to a claim of indirect sex discrimination as the majority of part-time employees are women.

Fixed term workers must receive the same pay and conditions, the same or equivalent benefits package and pension scheme, and the same opportunities to apply for vacancies for permanent posts as permanent employees.