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Ireland: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Mark Carley


  • An employment contract exists where an individual works for another party in exchange for regular remuneration. (See General)
  • Probationary periods generally have a maximum permitted duration of six months, though may be as long as 12 months in certain cases. (See Probationary periods)
  • The main distinction in types of employment contracts is between open-ended and fixed-term contracts. (See Types of contracts)
  • Employers must provide employees with a written statement of the particulars of their terms of employment, containing certain information. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • Changes to the terms of the employment contract requires, in principle, the agreement of the employer and employee. (See Variation of contract)