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Crakenwakes · 28/04/2021 19:43

My son has seen a casual contract job advertised that would be perfect for him in the summer, but he wouldn't be able to commit any time to it before then due to a busy schedule of school and sporting activities. As it's a zero hours contract, with no minimum time specified, would it be reasonable to apply?

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Am I being unreasonable?


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lanthanum · 28/04/2021 20:28

If he applies, he should be upfront about his availability in the application. However rather than potentially waste his time, he'd do best to get in touch with them and ask whether they would consider him. They may want someone longer term than over the summer holidays (even if only a uni student available June to September), or there may be training that takes place before he is available.


Crakenwakes · 28/04/2021 20:29

For context, the employer is our local council. The only commitment it asks for in the advert is to attend training once a month. Otherwise he would be "offered" shifts which presumably he isn't obliged to accept. But there may be expectations beyond what is in the job advert, so I'm looking for insight from people who have experience with casual contracts.

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idontlikealdi · 28/04/2021 20:31

Lifeguard? Time to let him figure it out for himself...


TooManyAnimals94 · 28/04/2021 20:36

I'm currently on a casual contract (with a local council funnily enough) and it suits me as doing a degree as well. So they know that I have more availability in holidays than term time and there always seems to be enough shifts to go around. We did have one girl that only worked in the holidays and the managers seemed happy with that. If it were me I would apply and see what happens...if he gets an interview he can bring it up then.

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