Employment Relationships at the University of Sheffield
The University needs to ensure that it applies appropriate rules of engagement for anyone undertaking work on the University's behalf. This is not only to provide a fair and equitable framework for all its workers as a responsible employer, but also to comply with legal and other obligations, whilst at the same time maintaining sufficient flexibility to enable the delivery of individual, departmental/faculty and corporate needs.
In its broadest sense, all individuals that undertake work activity for the University of Sheffield should belong to one of the following employment status groups:
- Open-ended employee
- Fixed Term employee
- Worker, e.g. with a ‘Registration Agreement for the University Bank’
- Self Employed / Agreement for Service(s)
- Agency Worker
All University employees, workers, agency workers, contractors and volunteers.
1. The type of contract or agreement offered will depend upon the details of the individual employment relationship and the subsequent effect that this has in legislative terms.
2. The University's aim is wherever possible, to reduce the number of fixed term contracts and casual worker agreements and limit their use in the future. For this reason an open-ended employee contract should in the first instance be considered as to its appropriateness for all new University engagements.
3. 'Casual' engagements are not a 'quick fix' for avoiding the recruitment and employment of University of Sheffield employees, and other types of engagement should only be used under appropriate circumstances; please see the Employment Relationship Management Toolkit for more information.
How the University supports this policy:
The Employment Relationship Management Toolkit will support Departmental Heads and Managers in making appropriate decisions on the employment status of any individual undertaking work within their department, and the appropriate management of individuals thereafter.
Last Update: 10/12
Date of Next Review: 12/13