Fixed Term Employment Contract Template South Africa [Microsoft Word.doc]


Our Fixed Term Employment Contract Template South Africa [Microsoft Word.doc] can be used to appoint an employee on a fixed-term contract basis. The employment relationship will terminate on the pre-determined date that is agreed and specified in the agreement. This employment agreement is editable so that you can make any changes that you require, including adding in the period of the employment.

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A business employing a staff member on a temporary basis, but for an agreed, pre-determined period of time, should use a written employment contract to appoint the employee.

Who should use a Fixed Term Employment Contract?

If your business employs staff on a temporary, fixed-term basis, then a written contract of temporary employment should be considered.

See also: Temporary Employment Contract – project-based

What does the agreement say?

The Fixed-Term Employment Agreement consists of: the employer and employee’s details; commencement of employment and duration; remuneration; pension and medical aid; employee’s duties; working hours; leave; termination.

What does the contract look like?

This sample fixed-term employment agreement can be printed onto seven pages.

Legal requirements for a temporary or fixed-term contract of employment:

Employers should note that in terms of the Labour Relations Amendment Act, 2014 on fixed-term employment, as of 01 January 2015 an employee cannot be appointed on a temporary employment basis for longer than 3 months. There are limited exceptions to this rule, where justifiable reasons exist. If the employer sets the duration for longer than 3 months (without justifiable reason) or continuously renews the fixed-term contract (termed as “rolling over” the temporary employment contract) then the appointment may automatically become a permanent one, which may entitle the employee to recourse for unlawful dismissal if the contract of employment is not renewed.

What do you need to do to use the South African Fixed Term Employment Contract Template?

  • Read the fixed term employment contract template document to ensure that it suits your requirements. Make changes as you may require.
  • Add in the relevant details as indicated as blanks in the document, sign the agreement, and get your temporary employee to sign as well.
  • Note: it is also recommended that you implement Policies and Procedures in your workplace, detailing additional company procedures and policies that may not be covered in your standard contracts of employment.

For more contract of employment templates, view our Employment Contracts Pack.

If you are looking for other examples of employment contracts, then you can find them all here on Agreements Online! Feel free to browse our Employment Documents category for more contract of employment templates, HR forms and sample documents.


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