Game design jobs and contract.

Full-time / Part-time.

With being on a full time and part time contract (as the employee ) there are things that you expect to do such as, A written confirmation of your employment which is used as evidence that you work at that company and you have agreed to the terms and conditions of working there. Also on the contract should be the information disclosing other information such as : the minimum level of paid holiday, some sort of identification of pay deduction by the government such as tax and national insurance contribution, also they must know the minimum breaks in between the job. also the part time and full time do allow for maternity, paternity pay leave which basically allows you to no work and look after your child if you have had one recently.

Full-time and part time employers must make sure that, employees don't have too long a break, employers must pay the employees at least minimum wage, employers must ensure a safe and secure environment for the workers as to avoid a law suit, safety is an important part in game developing as it needs to be safe because there are risks such as fires, flexible work hours must also be considered on behalf of the employee, And they adjust around employees who have disabilities.

Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Part-time workers' rights. Available: https://www.gov.uk/part-time-worker-rights. Last accessed 23rd november2016

Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/fulltime-and-parttime-contracts. Last accessed 12th November 2016.

Fixed term

A fixed term employee only last for a short amount of time meaning that once the job they chose to do is complete they move on and find other jobs, this is common in the game developing world as once a game is complete more often than not the teams go off and find new work. These types of jobs are set months ahead so that the work can be set up, the job is finished once all the work is complete or when a specific event takes place. Also fixed term employments have to receive the same amount of treatment as full time permanent staff.

Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/fixedterm-contracts. Last accessed 20th November 2016.

Agency staff

as agency staff you should expect the employer to have the agency , including the employees national insurance contribution. They also are responsible to let workers get their rights under working time regulations , after 12 weeks continuous employment in the same role , agency workers get the same terms and conditions as permanent employees.

Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/agency-staff. Last accessed 20th November 2016.

Freelancers, consultants and contractors

If you hire a freelancer you are self employed or are part of other companies , this basically means you often take care of your own tax and national insurance. While you might not get the same rights as some workers like minimum wage, employers are still responsible for your health and safety. In the game design industry there are independent designers who are similar to freelancers, there common on the fact that they work for themselves or in other words they are self-employed. There are no requirements for being a freelancer.

Some people do have some formal educational background such as in programming. They may also have degrees such as a master's degree in computer programming. Although these achievements do help in terms have having the experience before working as a freelancer, it's not required. Once you start freelancing, the experience that you gain from it can be used to get higher paying projects in the future. A downside to freelancing is that money is inconsistent. It really depends on how much effort and projects the freelancer is willing to do since the freelancer usually gets paid by the project. A project may take a week, or it may take many months to finish. But an advantage of being a freelancer is that it teaches you about personal finance.

Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/freelancers-consultants-and-contractors. Last accessed 20th November 2016.

Zero Hour Contracts

Zero hour contracts are also known as casual contracts are usually for piece work , this means you are on call to work when you are needed, also employers don't have to give you work, but you don't have to work when asked. Along with other types of contracts zero hour workers are entitled to minimum wage in the same way as regular workers. Employers cant do anything to stop a zero hour worker from getting work elsewhere. The law says you can ignore a clause in their contract if it bans them from :

- Looking for work

- Accepting work from another employer

- Employers are still responsible for health and safety of staff on zero hour contacts.

In the UK, zero-hour contracts are controversial. British business leaders have supported them, stating that they provide a flexible labour market. They may be ideal for some people such as retirees and students who want occasional earnings and are able to be entirely flexible about when they work. Trade union groups and others have raised concerns about the possibility of exploitation and the use of such contracts by management as a tool to reward or reprimand employees for any reason, or for no reason. They also raise concerns about how workers can adequately assert their employment rights or maintain decent employment relations.

Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/zero-hour-contracts. Last accessed 22th November 2016.

Young people

employers can employ young people if they are 13 or over but there are special rules about how long they can work and what jobs they can do. Once someone is 18 they're classed as an adult worker and different rules apply. They must also do risk assessment before taking on young workers. Young people have employment rights like: statutory maternity pay and ordinary statutory paternity pay if they qualify as a result of their continuous employment. Also they get paid time off for study and training; with this they also get redundancy pay. Young workers have different national minimum wage.

Gov.uk. (23 September 2016). Contract types and employer responsibilities. Available: https://www.gov.uk/contract-types-and-employer-responsibilities/employing-family-young-people-and-volunteers. Last accessed 22th November 2016.

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