The scenario:

I've been working on a temporary 6 month contract with my company and I have just agreed to new terms which will give me a permanent full employee contract.

The question:

Is it normal in the UK to announce this to colleagues to receive congratulations and make a big deal out of it or is it just something that I keep private and only reveal if asked about?

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    Can someone explain the down votes? I'm new to this Stack. Whilst I understand I'm probably doing something wrong, it's not good form to down vote and not explain. Commented May 24, 2018 at 7:32
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    Not the down voter, but people probably think this is not something we can answer as it may depend on your specific company culture. Such things are best asked to your colleagues or to your manager.
    – Daniel
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 7:42
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    I think you aren't doing anything wrong. Don't worry about the downvotes, people vote for all sorts of reasons. Welcome to the Workplace!
    – Masked Man
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 8:02
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    @RobE Welcome to StackExchange: The land of drive by down votes. Dont think much of it, as it happens all the time, on all the sites. I suspect many of the people dont even read the post when voting down.
    – Keltari
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 8:59
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    You have 8 votes, with 2 being down. That's pretty good really.
    – Neo
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 11:37

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It really depends on the company culture, policies and how well you get on with your colleagues.

In my experience, smaller companies and start-ups are more likely to 'announce' it (although is usually via email) but, if you get on with your colleagues, then you'll probably have shared that information already? Larger companies tend not to make a fuss. You might find your immediate manager will welcome you again and let your immediate team know.

If you want to keep it private, then you're well within your right to ask them not to announce it.

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    Actually in the UK you don't normally celebrate or mention this at all Commented May 24, 2018 at 9:22
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    I'm in the UK and that's not been my experience. Having gone from permanent to contracting to permanent again (all the same company), an announcement was always made to the team of 50+ people because that's how the company culture was.
    – dvniel
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 9:38
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    Every company I worked for in the UK, the team manager announced the change and there was a little celebration amongst fellow colleagues. So it really does depend on the company @Neuromancer
    – Draken
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 10:44
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    I celebrated but that was after 20 years of short term contracts
    – Ian Turton
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 16:58
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    After redundancy, I joined a temp agency and got a 6-week placement with a UK government department. At the end of that, they asked to keep me for 6 months. Then I was offered a 1-year fixed term contract as a direct employee. This was renewed 4 times. At the 2-year stage they advertise your role and you have to apply for it and be interviewed ("fair and open competition"). After 4 years total they must terminate you or make you permanent. They did the latter. At every stage, my success was announced to the whole office and everybody clapped. I was expected to bring cakes. Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 7:13

You're still on a contract. The only thing that's really changed is the end date.

So, there's no need to really formally announce it or celebrate. Transitioning to be a full employee might be announced, but this depends on the company/manager.

Regardless, it seems appropriate to celebrate your change in status with cakes for the team (unless you especially want to be secretive about things).

  • I like the cake idea, as we have a strong cake culture at this company funnily enough. Commented May 24, 2018 at 10:57
  • Everyone likes cake.
    – Neo
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 11:49
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    @Snow - I have no idea what you mean about the difference between "permanent contract" and "full employee" within UK employment. "Permanent contract" isn't a standard phrase, and the only way I can parse it is "signing an employment contract to become a permanent employee", i.e. becoming a "full employee". Could you clarify what you think the difference is? I googled "permanent contract vs employee UK" and the hits were about permanent vs employee.
    – AndyT
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 13:09
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    A permanent contract (as I see it) is a contractor with no fixed term, but in all other ways is the same. Benefits between a permanent contractor and a full time employee would be completely different. The UK law on this is here. Although the maximum term is 4 years, I know of cases where contractors have extended indefinitely at the same company in the same role with no difficulty.
    – user44108
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 13:13
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    The link in your previous comment is to a page on fixed-term contracts, which doesn't really help to clarify the difference between permanent contractors (which sounds like a combination which HMRC's IR35 would make pretty rare) and permanent employees. In addition, I find it hard to read the question's reference to "a temporary 6 month contract with my company" as plausibly written by a contractor. Commented May 24, 2018 at 17:51

I would recommend against announcing it, without clearance from management, as you could be unaware of other things that are going on. An example, it could be that you are actually being hired to replace someone who is being made redundant, or something along those lines. You announcing it could actually put you in hot water if it reveals too much information to the wrong parties.

If you want to announce it, I would recommend clearing it with management first, or only doing so with very close friends that are aware they shouldn't be discussing these changes with other people until an official statement is made.

Apart from that, the rest depends on culture and you should refer to the other answers about that as they cover it all really well.


I think it does not depend on the company culture, location etc..

It is entirely up to you. You might wish to tell your immediate team as you may be able to gain access to other company resources that are only available to permanent employees.


If it's something you are really excited about, tell whoever you want. Being down to earth is never frowned upon, just don't be rude.

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