Guide to BBC contracts

Continuing contracts

Often referred to as a permanent contract, this type of contract is offered on a continuing basis and has no set expiry date. The contract is open ended and has notice provisions, so that the employee may end the contract earlier by resigning and the BBC may end the contract by giving notice of dismissal.

People employed on a continuing contract are covered by our contractual employment policies and are the employee benefits outlined in the policies. For more information, visit the Why join us? section of this site.

Fixed-term contracts

This is a contract of a known duration and with a specified expiry date, which is stated within the vacancy description. In all other respects a person employed on a Fixed Term Contract is entitled to all the benefits and privileges as those on continuing contracts.

People employed on a Fixed Term contract are covered by our contractual employment policies and are the employee benefits outlined in the policies. For more information, visit the Why join us? section of this site.

Flexi contract

This is a form of the BBC Fixed Term Contract. It is a contract of limited duration, for a defined number of days or hours, which are to be worked as the business requires (e.g. fixed hours per week/month cannot be predicted or guaranteed).

People employed on a fixed term contract are covered by our contractual employment policies and are the employee benefits outlined in the policies. For more information, visit the Why join us? section of this site.

Casual contract

This is a form of contract which will be offered when odd days of work are available intermittently or when continuous work is expected to last for not more than four weeks.

Temporary agency contracts

Dependant on business need, the BBC may outsource temporary requirements to an agency. This form of contract will be formed directly with the agency.

BBC freelance contracts

This contract is offered to self-employed individuals who are providing their specialist services for a specific role, for a specific period of time. If you work with us on a freelance basis, you can get booked and paid via the BBC Freelancers website.