What is “Part-Time” Work?


Part-time work refers to employment which constitutes fewer hours per week than full time employment. In South Africa, the average working week is 45 hours; thus anyone working less than 45 hours but more than 24 hours per month is considered to be employed part-time.

All part-time employees must be issued with an employment contract, regardless of whether you work:

  • only one day a week
  • only on weekends
  • half-day
  • for a fixed employment period

Part-time employees are protected by both the Labour Relations Act, No. 66 of 1995  (LRA) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No. 75 of 1997 (BCEA). Any employee who works more than 24 hours per month is automatically protected by the minimum standards as set out in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

NOTE: The “old” BCEA included a category called “casual employment”; this category of employment however no longer exists under the “new” BCEA.


Part Time Work. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://www.mywage.co.za/main/decent-work/employment-security/part-time-work