Increasing attention is being paid to people occupying jobs that don’t fit the traditional model of permanent, regular-hours employment. At the same time there’s a clear appetite for well-managed atypical working arrangements from both employers and individuals. This guide aims to help organisations manage atypical workforces responsibly, and sets out practical steps to improve the quality of work so that atypical working benefits both individual and organisation.  

This guide is not intended to provide legal guidance, though organisations will of course need to take account of their legal obligations. More information on the law surrounding employment status is available on the employment status page.



What is atypical work?

Workforce planning

Motivating workers

Working patterns

Employment status

Training and progression



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