Employment contract differences

As the owner of a Recruitment Agency, I get asked daily by Nurses who are looking for work what the differences are in employment contracts. There seems to be a lot of confusion and quite rightly so if you are not from a Human Resources background!

Below are my views and knowledge around the differences in employment contracts to hopefully help you decide what is best suited to you.

Casual:

Usually when you are employed casually via a Recruitment Agency, you will be employed and paid by the agency and not the hospital.

Casual employment is defined as employment where you are there on a casual basis only for a short period of time. Casual work can be terminated at any time by either yourself or the hospital without any notice.

Pro’s

  • Flexible
  • Usually a higher pay
  • You are not locked into anything; you can leave at any time with no notice usually
  • Good if you like working in lots of different hospitals
  • Often you will get your flights and accommodation fully provided

Cons

  • Not secure, no job security
  • They can let you go at any moment usually without notice
  • No annual leave or sick pay
  • Financial implications eg; you may earn more hourly however does this account for loss of conditions such as paid annual leave and sick leave if this is required by you
  • Does not usually present any career development to you, so you may miss out on opportunities for career advancement
  • Can impact your ability to get finance if required due to uncertain earnings

This type of work is well suited to you if you do not rely on a salary for payments of a mortgage etc. Also, well suited to you if you like change and want the flexibility to say when and for how long you want to work.

Fixed term:

With fixed term employment, you are employed and paid by the hospital and treated as one of their employees. Quite often you are then given access to professional development, career development etc and this type of work often does lead to permanent employment if you want it to.  With fixed term employment you will mostly be offered some subsidised housing for the duration of your contract as well as usually some relocation assistance for flights or petrol.

You are paid on a salaried rate for fixed term employment and this is then pro’rata’d for the term you are working eg; three or six months etc.  Superannuation payments as well as annual leave and sick leave is paid with this type of work. You are also paid other various shift allowances with this type of work.

Well suited for people that want a confirmed block of time and job security.

Permanent:

Similar to fixed term, however you are there permanently and would need to give the required amount of notice if you wanted your position to end.

You are employed and paid by the hospital. Access to professional development, career development etc.

Superannuation payments as well as annual leave and sick leave is paid with this type of work. You are also paid other various shift allowances.

Well suited for people that want to move permanently to a new area and settle there. Not a good option if you are not committed for at least a year to this position.  Excellent for job security.

Each of these contract types has their purpose and it really depends on what you are looking for at the moment for your career, financially etc as to which one is best suited to you.

If you would like to have a confidential chat with us about these options and discuss which might be best suited to your individual needs, please contact us on 02 9188 3989 or at [email protected] and either myself or one of our Consultants would be more than happy to chat with you and give you some advice.