The further education and higher education sectors have a number of features that make them different from each other and from other public and private sector institutions. There are also a number of complexities within these two sectors that impact on HR practice, such as the requirements for governance and management, and the extensive use of fixed-term and part-time contracts. HR professionals need to be familiar with their own sector’s history and current conditions of service, as outlined in this topic, in order to perform their jobs with the appropriate level of knowledge and sensitivity.

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