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    I'm applying for this job which has a zero hours contract - but I can't find good information online about what it entails (HMRC is rubbish).

    It's full-time, I want it to see me through the summer holidays but if I don't get my uni this year I will work the whole year through.

    Do I get sick pay?
    Do I get any holiday pay?
    How does the payment work?
    What are the maximum or minimum hours I can work,
    Do I get anything like a lunch expense?

    Please advise,
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by The1AndOnly1)
    I'm applying for this job which has a zero hours contract - but I can't find good information online about what it entails (HMRC is rubbish).

    It's full-time, I want it to see me through the summer holidays but if I don't get my uni this year I will work the whole year through.

    Do I get sick pay?
    Do I get any holiday pay?
    How does the payment work?
    What are the maximum or minimum hours I can work,
    Do I get anything like a lunch expense?

    Please advise,
    Thanks!
    Sick pay - depends on the company, but probably not anything above the legal entitlement to SSP.
    Yes, legally you have to. Legally, they have to give you 5.6 weeks per year - but if you're only there for the summer, you won't be there for a year and so will only get a pro rata entitlement (eg if you're there half a year, you get half of 5.6 weeks).
    You'll be paid for hours worked. Some companies will pay weekly and others will pay monthly.
    Max and min hours depends on the company. If you want to work over 48 hours per week you have to sign an "opt out" for the working time directive. But if they have the hours available, you can work as many as you want.
    No, you won't get lunch expenses. You probably won't even get a paid lunch break.
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    Essentially, most zero hours contract only pay you for the hours you actually work plus some holiday pay. Not aware of sick pay, expenses and so. These hours are not guaranteed. Some places also insist on you not committing to other work and can ring you at short notice to come into work. Good if you want flexibilty but not if you need a steady and regular income. Check your contract before signing. Good luck
 
 
 

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