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Types of Employment

It is important to be aware of what type of employment you have been hired to do, as it will define your wages and conditions at work.


A permanent worker is one that has ongoing work. They can work full-time (35-38 hours a week) or part-time (less than 35 hours a week). .


A casual worker is one that does not have ongoing workand is employed by the hour. A casual worker has no guarantee that they will work on any given day or week, andusually receives a loading to compensate them for the unpredictable nature of their work. They can work full-time or part-time. .


A temporary worker is one that works for a defined period of time. She/Heis entitled to the same pay and conditions as permanent workers for the period of their employment. A temporary worker can be full time or part time. .


Employers sometimes get workers from another organization to do certain jobs. These workers are called agency hire or body hire workers, and they may work in different places each week or month depending on where they are required. Employers often use agency workers to reduce their costs. These workers often don't have the same pay, conditions or job security of other workers although they are doing the same sort of work and have the same skills.


Some employers require workers to work on contact, e.g. payment according to results, sales etc.Contract workers are sometimes paid a set amount of money per piece or sometimes per hour.Often employers advise contact workers they have no rights, e.g. to superannuation or to workers compensation, but this is often not true and they should contact their union or the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure they understand their rights.

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