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Q: How many hours does an employee have to work in order to be classified as a part-time employee rather than a full-time employee? A: There is no legal definition of what number of hours constitutes part-time working, but usually it is accepted that working 35 hours or more per week is full-time employment. The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, say that your Company’s custom and practice as an employer should also come into play when considering whether an employee is deemed full or part-time. For example if your full-time employees work a 37.5 working week, anything less than this is seen as part-time.

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