Employment Contract

A contract for services between an employer and employee.



An Employment Contract sets out the legal terms of employment between an employer and employee, with details of the employee’s rights, responsibilities and duties. It can be used to hire an employee in a permanent or temporary role.

Employers are legally required to provide an employment contract to any individual hired (whether permanent or temporary) to state the terms of their employment. It is also important for protecting your business when hiring employees. This contract contains all of the information you’re legally required to give to new employees in writing about their terms of employment and it’s fully customisable to your individual requirements and the role. It also contains key clauses to protect your business during the course of the employment relationship, including safeguarding your intellectual property and confidential information and the procedures to take in situations such as terminating the employment.

Such terms include:

  •  job title and key duties and responsibilities;
  •  hours and place of work;
  •  employment duration and the details of a probationary period if relevant;
  •  pay and benefits, and pensions information;
  •  holiday entitlement, sickness absence and disciplinary procedures; and
  •  protecting the business’s confidential information and company property.

This contract is designed to be used alongside our template Staff handbook, which contains full details of some policies you are legally required to give to your new employees (eg your disciplinary and grievances procedures).

You should use an Employment Contract every time you hire an employee to comply with your legal obligations in the UK. You must provide all new employees with a written copy of their basic employment terms, which includes information about their pay, hours of work and holiday allowance.

If you want to go above and beyond what is legally required of you, you can also customise this employment contract to set out all of the rights, duties and responsibilities that will govern the employment relationship, so that you are both you and your employee are clear about what has been agreed.


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We currently support businesses in the UK, Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Located in a different country? We’d be happy to refer you to someone local who can help – please contact us at hello@strandsahara.com.

All our contracts, templates, and guides are signed off by fully qualified legal professionals who have worked for some of the biggest corporations in the world. They each have at least 8 years’ legal experience and possess local and international experience. 

We strongly recommend that you sign up for one of our all-inclusive plans so that you can make the most of the guidance and support we provide. However, we also offer a pay-as-you-go options if you are not ready just yet.

Our plans are all-inclusive because it is important to us that you have the right support and guidance on each of the key legal protections. It is up to you whether you make use of everything available, but we hope that you do in order to give your business the legal protection it deserves.

We provide legal support for business issues, including contracts, intellectual property and company secretarial work. We do not currently provide dispute resolution, property law services or support for personal legal issues.

Absolutely not! Our contracts are tailored to your business needs and situation.

Every business should have its own, tailor-made standard contracts for customers which reflect the way it does business.

Having your own standard terms will ensure that you’re able to provide the protection that your business needs and will enhance your reputation because customers will know what to expect from you and what happens if things go wrong.

To be effective, your standard terms must reflect the way you do business and protect your business from the specific risks you face. In contrast, we know that many businesses resort to relying on generic templates or re-purposing contracts obtained from competitors or previous employers. The problem is that these contracts often do not match up with your or your customers’ expectations and fail to adequately protect your business because important risks are not properly addressed. Poorly drafted or ill-suited contracts are often not worth the paper they are written on.

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