Common contractual arrangements in higher education range from open-ended or permanent full-time to hourly or casual working. HR professionals in the sector should be aware of the appropriateness of each type of contract to different employment situations. Terms and conditions of employment should be made clear in the contract, including provisions for normal academic activity, such as sabbatical leave, external working, teaching and the development of intellectual property.

This topic covers these common contractual arrangements and also looks at the differences between them in the pre- and post-1992 sectors.

Full details of the different types of contracts available can be found in the Types of Contract topic.

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