Contracts in the U.K.

Overview by

The Active Population in Figures

Main Indicators 20082007
Labor Force 2720000027200000
Labor Force (Annual Growth, %) --
Rate of Activity (%) 74.974.1
Unemployment Rate (%) 5.35.2

Source: National statistics

Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labor Force) 2006
Managers and senior officials 15.0%
Professional occupation 12.9%
Associate professional and technician 14.4%
Administrative and secretarial 12.2%
Skill trades 11.0%
Personal services 7.9%
Sales and customers services 7.8%
Process plant and machines operative 7.5%
Elementary occupation 7.3%

Source: National statistics

For Further Statistics
National statistics

Management of Human Resources



Method of Recruitment
More and more applications are made by Internet.
Recruitment Agencies
Agency Central, Reed.
Recruitment Websites
Agency Central

The Contract

Type of Contract
Legal clauses regulate employment contracts and to a lesser degree collective agreements and individual negotiations.
Breach of Contracts
  • Retirement
The State Pension age is currently 65 for men and 60 for women. Your working life is the period over which you have to have met the contribution conditions for the basic State Pension. It is normally 49 years.
  • Dismissals
All informations available on Advice guide.
Labor Laws
Advice guide
UK government

Dispute Settlement


Conciliation Process

Cases of Dispute
Physical violence, moral harassment, sexual harassment, working conditions, etc.
  • Legal Framework
The arbitrator (acting alone or chairing a panel) considers the written and oral submissions of the parties, makes a decision, and where appropriate, an award which the parties agree to accept and implement. The arbitration process is confidential, relatively
fast, cost efficient, non-legalistic and informal.The arbitration process is confidential, relatively fast, cost efficient, non-legalistic and informal.
Further information on Labour relations agency.

Judicial Structures

  • Legal Framework
Employment law.
  • Competent Legal Body
Labour relations agency.

Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
The following confederations can be listed : TUC ( TRADE UNION CONGRESS), Amicus, STUC ( THE SCOTTISH TRADE UNION CONGRESS) and Wales TUC.
Unionization Rate
26 %
Wales TUC
Regulation Bodies
Department for Work and Pensions

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