You’re ready to resign your Zero Hour Contract. How should you do it?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer as it depends on what’s in your contract. Therefore, you should read your contract and see what it says about Notice Period.
In theory, a Zero Hour Contract gives you the right to leave without notice as you have no obligation to accept the work offered. So, you could hand in your notice and not accept any work offered.
In practice, it depends on whether you are paid in arrears, want a reference etc. If this is the case, then I would work the notice period specified in your contract.
Your employment status, as specified in your contract, is very important. Are you on a true zero hour contract or is it a contract where it’s dressed up to look like one?
If your contract states that the employer is not obliged to offer any more than 0 hours per week then you are a Worker on a Zero Hour Contract. Otherwise, you are an Employee.
If you are an Employee, you must either work your Notice Period or, have salary deducted in lieu of Notice if you leave immediately.
It is usual, whether you have a written contract or not, to give one week’s notice for each full 12 months of contracted employment whether you worked or not. For example, if you have had your contract for 2 years and 1 day you would give 2 week’s notice. But, under most circumstances, your Contractual Notice Period takes precedence. If your contract only calls for 1 week’s notice regardless of the period of employment, that’s what you give, 1 week’s notice.
So how do you resign?
It is best to write a letter of resignation and either hand it to your manager, preferably in the presence of a witness or, send it by Recorded Delivery to the company’s Human Resources Department. This is so the receipt of the letter and the “date of receipt” can both be proven.
The letter should contain:
- Your Address
- The date of the letter
- The Company’s Name & Address
- The request to resign
- The notice period
- The date of your last working day
- Any other information i.e. a new address to send P60 or P45
- Your signature
- Your full name after your signature
You can download an example letter which you can edit here:
Instructions for editing the letter
You need to replace the sections marked with  square brackets with your information.
would be replaced with your address. Remembering to delete the  as well.
1 Acacias Gardens,
I want to help you so, if you have any questions about resigning, please leave them below.