Last checked: 23/06/2022

Fixed-term work

Equal employment conditions

You must offer your fixed‑term staff the same employment conditions as your permanent staff including pay, leave, notice periods and other rights and benefits linked to their employment. As an employer, you must notify your fixed-term staff when vacancies for permanent posts become available.

Successive fixed-term contracts

EU countries must implement at least one of the following measures in their national laws to prevent misuse of successive fixed‑term contracts:

Health and safety

Before they start work, you must inform your employees of any possible risks involved in the job they will undertake, including any special qualifications, skills or medical surveillance needed.


In some EU countries, you cannot use fixed-term workers for certain jobs, especially if they require special medical surveillance.

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