What is a full-time employee?

Full-time employee

Most people are familiar with the concept of a full-time employee, but there can be some confusion about what exactly this term means. In general, a full-time employee is someone who works a set number of hours per week for an employer. The number can vary depending on the company, but it is typically considered to be anywhere from 32 to 45 hours per week.

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What’s the difference between a full-time employee and an independent contractor?

Full-time employees are usually entitled to a wide range of benefits, including health insurance and paid vacation days. They may also be eligible for retirement plans and other perks. Independent contractors, on the other hand, are not considered to be full-time employees. They typically work on a per-project basis and do not receive the same benefits as full-time employees. Independent contractors may also have more flexible schedules than full-time employees.

Converting independent contractors to full-time employees

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About Oyster

Oyster is a global employment platform designed to enable visionary HR leaders to find, hire, pay, manage, develop, and take care of a thriving distributed workforce. Oyster lets growing companies give valued international team members the experience they deserve, without the usual headaches and expense.

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