The University of Sheffield
Human Resources

Employment Relationships

The normal form of employment within the University will be through the provision of an open-ended contract. All individuals that undertake work activity for the University of Sheffield should belong to one of the following employment status groups:

All individuals who are part of the University community should be treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of any of the ‘Protected Characteristics’ as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and the contract type they may be engaged on.   See Equality and Diversity for more details.

The information below is provided to support departments in making appropriate decisions on the employment status of any individual undertaking work in their department.  

Employment Relationships at the University of Sheffield

The University will ensure that it applies appropriate rules of engagement for anyone undertaking work on the University's behalf.

Further information can be found at the links below:

Employment Relationships Management Toolkit

This toolkit provides a good practice guide for managers to determine the appropriate employment status of any individual undertaking work in their department.

Open-ended Employee

The normal form of employment within the University will be through the provision of an open-ended contract.

Further information can be found at the link below:

Fixed Term Employee

The University is committed to meeting its legal responsibilities to those staff who do not have an open ended contract, and are instead employed through Fixed-Term Contracts. The University will ensure that such contracts are only used where appropriate and where there is a legitimate reason for doing so.

Further information can be found at the links below:

Worker with a ‘Registration Agreement for Casual Work’

As the University cannot always predict the exact staffing levels it will require, it operates a bank for casual workers.

This type of agreement could be used to cover short-term and ad hoc work.  A feature of this agreement is that there is no guarantee of future work and individuals may reject an offer of work.

A Registration Agreement for Casual Work records the terms on which a casual work relationship is entered into between an individual and the University.

Further information can be found at the links below:

Agency Worker

Departments may hire workers from an agency in response to various circumstances e.g. short term absences, peaks in demand, seasonal variations, one off events or to gain specialist skills/knowledge. The hiring department is responsible for sourcing an agency worker via MyPurchase and using the Agency Providers from the Framework Agreement where appropriate.

It is essential that agency workers are not used to fill long term vacancies and that the department does not imply a direct employment relationship with the worker.

Please note if the work can be undertaken by a University of Sheffield student then please consider using the services of the Student Jobshop run by the Careers Services and based in the Students Union - telephone 0114 222 0940

Further details on engaging agency workers can be found at the links below:

Self Employed / Agreement for Service(s)

This relationship may be used when an individual is identified as a genuine self employed contractor, and when the nature of the business directly relates to the service being undertaken for the University. Self-employed contractors on an Agreement for Service should not be paid via the University payroll, and services will be paid for upon production of invoices by the contractor.

Further information can be found at the links below:

Sheffield Graduate Training Contract

The Sheffield Graduate Training Contract (SGTC) is a variable hours contract of employment for the engagement of postgraduate students as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) where they carry out grade 6 duties, indicatively with a minimum commitment of 10 hours per semester.

Further information can be found at the links below:

Volunteer

This relationship may be used when an individual wishes to undertake voluntary work within the University.  This may be a regular commitment or a one off short period of work experience.

Further information can be found at the links below:

Regularisation of Atypical (Hourly Paid Teachers and other casuals) Workers

This project was completed 2011.

The purpose of the Regularisation of Atypical (Hourly Paid Teachers and other Casuals) Workers project was to implement a sufficiently flexible, but corporate-wide approach (or framework) for reviewing employment status and regularising existing atypical workers, and for engaging future atypical workers.

Further information can be found at the links below:


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Looking for something else?

There is a wealth of information, guidance and support available from Human Resources relating to all aspects of employment and supporting policies and procedures. An index of information can be found at: www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/guidance/index

Alternatively, if you are unable to find the information you require, please contact your HR Team contact