Labour law in Portugal: Employment contracts and working conditions

Labour law in Portugal: Employment contracts and working conditions

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If you're landed a job in Portugal, here's a guide to the types of employment contracts in Portugal, as well as details on the working week.

Before agreeing to your employment contract, you should consult Portguese labour law as a guide.

Employment contracts in Portugal

The minimum working age is 16 years. From the age of 18, a person can obtain an employment contract without completing school. There are several types of employment contracts;

Fixed-term contract: duration limited in time: generally six months, but may be shorter or longer, up to a maximum of three years.

Contract for an unspecified duration: lasts as long as necessary to replace an absent employee or to complete an activity, project or task outlined in the contract. This contract cannot last for more than six years.

Very short duration contract: up to a maximum of 60 days. This is only allowed in special cases such as seasonal agricultural work or tourist events.

Intermittent contract: used by companies performing an activity that is either intermittent or varies in intensity, whereby the employee works for a period, followed by one or more breaks. The employee must be employed full-time for at least six months each year, with four months of consecutive employment.

Part-time contract: weekly working hours of no more than 75 percent of the hours worked on a full-time basis. Can lead to a reduction in daily hours or the number of workdays per week.

Portuguese law requires fixed-term contracts of employment, contracts of unspecified duration, intermittent, and part-time contracts to be set down i

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