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.

Someone is a part-time worker under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations if, based on the ‘custom and practice’ where they work, they are not a full-time worker. 

In other words, there is no specific formula. In some companies, ‘full-time’ hours might be 30 hours and above, whereas in another company, full-time hours might be, say, 35 hours a week.

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

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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