How many hours do I need to work to be considered a part-time worker?

There is no legal maximum or minimum number of hours before you are considered a part-time worker.

The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations state that a part-time worker is one who is 'not identifiable as a full-time worker'.

A full-time worker is a worker who is regarded, through 'custom and practice', in the establishment where they work, as full-time.

In other words, there is no specific formula. In some companies, workers who work 30 hours and above might be customarily regarded as full-time, whereas in another company it might be only workers who work more than, say, 35 hours a week.

To be considered as a part-time worker in your company, you have to be identified as someone who is not customarily regarded as full-time.

'Zero hours' contract workers and workers with ‘hours-to-be-agreed’ contracts are likely to be considered ‘part-time’ workers under the regulations.

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