Retail Assistant Employment Contract Template

Retail Assistant Employment Contract

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This Retail Assistant Employment Contract is appropriate for a permanent shop assistant role. When hiring a shop assistant on a temporary or fixed term basis please use the Retail Assistant Fixed Term Employment Contract.

This contract includes clauses which have been specially tailored to a retail environment. For example, there is reference to a staff rota, working outside normal retail opening hours to assist in preparation and closure of the business, and appropriate rest breaks.

There is an optional clause where the employee authorises the Company to deduct up to 10% of their gross monthly salary to cover shortfalls in stock or till takings, as long as the employee has been notified of their liability for this shortfall before making the deduction.

This shop assistant employment contract also contains an optional clause entitling the employee to participate in the company commission or bonus scheme.

For shop workers who will, or might, work on Sundays, see also the Letter Advising a Worker of the Right to Opt out of Sunday Working.

This Retail Assistant Employment Contract is compliant with the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Employment Act 2002 and the Working Time Regulations 1998 and contains the following clauses:

1. General
2. Duties and Job Title
3. Date of Commencement / Continuous Employment
4. Place of Work
5. Hours of Work
6. Remuneration
7. Holidays
8. Sickness Absence
9. Non-compulsory retirement
10. Pension
11. Restrictions and Confidentiality
12. Collective Agreements
13. Grievance Procedure
14. Disciplinary Procedure
15. Data Protection
16. Changes to Terms and Conditions
17. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

The Pension Act 2014 has introduced a new state pension for people reaching state pension age on or after 6 April 2016, replacing the previous basic state pension and additional state pension and ending contracting out for defined-benefit schemes. This template has been updated accordingly with the removal of the clause referring to the contracting out certificate.

This contract is in open format. Fields should be completed where indicated.


In this document, options and alternatives appear in blue font. The document is designed so that it will make sense with or without the optional clauses. Tailor the contract by removing all phrases and clauses which are not relevant to your new employee. Once you have finished, please remember to highlight the whole document and switch the font colour to black.

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