Types of employment

Whether you are a sole trader, partnership or company business structure, you can employ people under a number of categories. Some categories offer more flexibility for workers, while others provide more security for the business.

Choosing to employ people under different categories can maintain flexibility in your workforce while also meeting the needs of the business. Make sure you choose an employment type that suits the business and the employee.

Each category places a different set of obligations for you and your staff. Below are the most common employee types:

  • full-time - generally, employees work 38 hours per week.
  • part-time - employees work less than 38 hours per week, with a guaranteed minimum number of hours.
  • casual - employees work hours may vary per week, depending on the work available.
  • fixed term - employees are generally employed for a fixed period of time.

To properly determine your obligations as an employer, it's important for you to distinguish if your workers are employees or independent contractors. This will help in determining wages and other conditions.

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