Your rights when working part time as a student

For many students, working part time while studying is part of student life. A 2015 study found that some 77% of students take a part time job during their studies. Whether you’re covering living costs, paying for tuition or saving up, there are many benefits to some extra term time work. The general perception is often that working as a student means you have fewer rights than other employees. You will most likely be employed on a part time basis and you may not even have a contract. However, no matter how casual your agreement, there are still rights that you have, as well as requirements to bear in mind. Zero hours contracts The zero hours contract has been quite controversial. It tends to be weighted heavily in favour of an employer. For example, there is no requirement that you are guaranteed work. In fact, you will only be asked to work as and when you’re needed, often at short notice. The advantage of this is that you have greater flexibility over the hours that you work. Y


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