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Employment Rights

Law and regulations for employment rights are different in the UK so you should become familiar with some of the basics.

The normal working hours should be set out in the contract of employment. The normal working week is 37.5 hours. The average working hours are calculated over a 17-week period. It is possible to work more than 48 hours in one week as long as the average is less than 48 hours over the 17-week period.

All workers have a right to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave, but your employer may offer more. This does not include bank holidays and other public holidays. Holidays are built up as soon as you start working.

All employees have an employment contract with their employer, although it might not be in writing. If you don’t have a written employment contract, your contract would have automatically been created when you started to work for your employer.

DirectGov has more useful information on employment rights in the UK.

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