A small Canadian company sent me an offer of employment in which there is nothing said about my salary figures (which does not concern me, as I and my employer have discussed this verbally). The only thing that he sent me to sign is a Non-disclosure agreement. The employer says that things are not very formal at this point, as there is also a probation period in effect. So I'm fine with that. But after the probation period is over, wouldn't I need to have a formal contract in place? Or if I find that there are no formal contracts with other employees and they make verbal agreements with the employer and have no problem with that, then should I not be concerned at all about having a written employment contract with this company?
Update: I had to wait for several days before the employer even sent me that email (he was super-busy etc), yet he said he needed a person like me, with my skills, and that it is not easy to find someone qualified in that area. So he seems to be interested. When I asked him what I would show as a proof of employment if there is no contract he said he would produce a letter with all the relevant information to this effect. Is that alright? Wouldn't that letter serve as a contract?