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9. Glossary

Annual hours: Total working hours are calculated over a year rather than a week. This means people can work according to the peaks and troughs of activity over the year.

Compressed working hours: Allows people to work their total number of hours over fewer days. For example, working full-time hours over four days a week instead of five, or working nine days a fortnight instead of ten.

Flexitime: Lets people choose when they work, usually outside agreed core times. This means staff can vary their start, finish, and break times each day.

Hybrid working: Focusses on the location in which work is undertaken, with some work being undertaken on the University’s premises and some in a remote working environment, for instance at home.  

Job-sharing: Splits the duties of a full-time post between two people. Job-sharers divide pay, holiday, and other benefits.

Part-time working: Allows people to work less than full-time hours.  Part-time workers are protected by the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, which makes it unlawful for employers to treat part-timers less favourably than comparable full-timers in their terms and conditions of employment, unless different treatment can be objectively justified.

Staggered hours: Employees have different start, finish, and break times. This allows employers to cover longer operational hours. It also offers employees more flexibility, as long as they are consulted first.

Term-time working:  Allows people to work for less than 52.25 weeks per year with their work normally linked to periods relating to University or school terms.