Reduced Working Year

The purpose of the Reduced Working Year Policy is to provide an opportunity for staff to work during certain agreed periods of the year while maintaining their career prospects and personal development.

Detailed in the tabs below you will find Reduced Working Year policy and process information in place within your Board.

National Services Scotland

The purpose of the Reduced Working Year Policy is to provide an opportunity for staff to work during certain agreed periods of the year while maintaining their career prospects and personal development.

Please note that that within NSS this policy used to be known as Term-time Working and School/Nursery Time Contracts Policy.

A reduced working year contract is open to all NSS employees however not all posts will be suitable to work in this way.

Any reduced working year requests will be managed via the Notification of Change (NoC) process.  A Notification of Change (NoC) enables a component of an employee’s working arrangement to be changed, subject to the necessary approvals.  Please access the Notification of Change Portal for further guidance about how to complete a request.

NHS Education for Scotland

Flexible working in the form of a reduced working year can take a number of forms. One of the most common examples is that of term-time working, which is a formal agreement whereby the duties and responsibilities of a post are carried out (either full-time or part-time) during school terms.  It allows employees to remain on a permanent contract and gives them unpaid leave during school holidays.  The salary of the post is reduced proportionately to the hours worked by the post holder.  These principles would apply regardless of whether a reduced working year contract is explicitly linked to school terms or not.

 A reduced working year represents an opportunity for staff to work during certain agreed periods of the year while maintaining their career prospects and personal development.

NHS Golden Jubilee

This policy enables an employee's contract of employment to remain in place, but they take paid/unpaid leave during fixed periods of the year, such as during school holidays.

Flexible working in the form of a reduced working year can take a number of forms. One of the most common examples is that of term-time working, which is a formal agreement whereby the duties and responsibilities of a post are carried out (either full-time or part-time) during school terms. It allows employees to remain on a permanent contract and to take their annual leave during school holidays, topped up with unpaid leave as necessary. The salary of the post is reduced proportionately to the hours worked by the post-holder. Annual Leave and Public Holidays will be calculated on a pro-rata basis on the number of hours worked. These principles would apply regardless of whether a reduced working year contract is explicitly linked to school terms or not.

A reduced working year represents an opportunity for staff to work during certain agreed periods of the year while maintaining their career prospects and personal development.

Public Health Scotland

The purpose of the Reduced Working Year Policy is to provide an opportunity for staff to work during certain agreed periods of the year while maintaining their career prospects and personal development.

From 1st April 2020 Public Health Scotland will bring together staff previously employed by NSS and NHS Health Scotland alongside new PHS employees, meaning different routes for staff to access HR information.  Please refer to the option below that best describes your circumstances to ensure you refer to the correct information. 

• I have TUPE transferred from NHS Health Scotland into Public Health Scotland – Please raise your query with HR via Contact Us
• I have TUPE transferred from NSS to Public Health Scotland – please select the National Services Scotland tab above to access all information.
• I am an employee in Public Health Scotland – please select the National Service Scotland tab to access all information.

Scottish Ambulance Service

This policy enables an employee's contract of employment to remain in place, but they take paid/unpaid leave during fixed periods of the year, such as during school holidays.

Flexible working in the form of a reduced working year can take a number of forms.  One of the most common examples is that of term-time working, which is a formal agreement whereby the duties and responsibilities of a post are carried out (either full-time or part-time) during school terms.  It allows employees to remain on a permanent contract and to take their annual leave during school holidays, topped up with unpaid leave as necessary. The salary of the post is reduced proportionately to the hours worked by the post-holder.  Annual Leave and Public Holidays will be calculated on a pro-rata basis on the number of hours worked.  These principles would apply regardless of whether a reduced working year contract is explicitly linked to school terms or not.

A reduced working year represents an opportunity for staff to work during certain agreed periods of the year while maintaining their career prospects and personal development.

The State Hospital

The State Hospital is committed to equal opportunities and the promotion of flexible employee-friendly work practice opportunities for its entire staff. By implementing this policy we hope to create an environment which will allow all employees to utilise their skills, talents and experiences and thereby allow us to both recruit and retain a well-motivated and committed staff.

Flexible working in the form of a reduced working year can take a number of forms. One of the most common examples is that of term-time working, which is a formal agreement whereby the duties and responsibilities of a post are carried out (either fulltime or part-time) during school terms. It allows employees to remain on a permanent contract and to take their annual leave during school holidays, topped up with unpaid leave as necessary.

The salary of the post is reduced proportionately to the hours worked by the post-holder. Annual Leave and Public Holidays will be calculated on a pro-rata basis on the number of hours worked.

These principles would apply regardless of whether a reduced working year contract is explicitly linked to school terms or not.

A reduced working year represents an opportunity for staff to work during certain agreed periods of the year while maintaining their career prospects and personal development.