Many of my students learn English with the goal of working abroad, or because they already work with companies or offices in another country. With that in mind, I decided it would be worthwhile to share some commonly-used words with you. Are you sitting comfortably?
Full-time or part-time
These words describe the number of hours you spend working. A full-time worker in the UK generally works between 37-40 hours each week, this is normally Monday to Friday. Part-time workers have less than this, often 20 hours or so, at times and on days agreed with an employer.
Temporary or permanent contracts
Most employees have a permanent contract, which means that they will work in a place until or unless they decide to change their job. A temporary contract might be just to help a company while someone is having and looking after a baby, or maybe just to complete a specific project. These contracts are often 6 months, but can be any agreed length.
Zero-hour and flexi-hours
Zero-hour contracts mean that employees don’t have set hours for every week. The employee with their employer will decide how many hours they work each week or day, and they will be paid only for the time they spend in work. Flexi-hours is a system to allow workers the freedom to come and go to work at times that suit their lifestyle. For example, when I worked flexi-hours in an office in Belfast, I was asked to work 40 hours a week, and to be there at certain times, but I could start anytime between 7:30-9:00am, and finish between 4-7pm.
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