Understand the Types of Employment to Best Suit Your Business’s Needs

Are you thinking about hiring an employee? First, you should hash out details about the job. Think about things like how many hours you’ll need the employee to work and what kind of commitment you’re willing to make. Familiarize yourself with different types of employment to pick the right job status.

Depending on your business and its needs, you might not always need to hire a full-time employee. Read on to learn about six types of employment. 

6 Types of employment 

There are a number of types of employment employers utilize at their businesses. Typically, the different types of employment status are broken up by:

Number of hours per week Length of employment Seasonal employees, temporary employees, and interns Commitment At-will employees 

So, which types of employment status does your business need?

Full time 

Full-time employees work more hours than part-time employees. Generally, full-time employees receive benefits, like health insurance, while part-time employees may not. 

The definition of a full-time employee depends on who you ask. For many employers, full-time employment means a 40-hour or more workweek. 

However, the Affordable Care Act defines full-time employees as those who work an average of at least 30 hours per week. On the other hand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) characterizes full-time employees as those who work more than 34 hours per week. 

So, what do these different definitions of full-time employment mean for you? You have some leeway in the number of hours your full-time employees work. 

If you need more hands on deck, you might consider bringing on a full-time employee. 

Part time 

Part-time employees work fewer hours than a business’s full-time employees. As a result, they may not be eligible for certain benefits (e.g., health insurance). 

Again, part-time employment varies by business and agency. You might have some part-time employees who work 15 hours a week and others who work 25 hours. 

You may consider hiring a part-time employee to accommodate a worker’s personal schedule or fill a position that doesn’t require full-time employment.   


Seasonal employees are workers who work for a business during certain times of the year. Generally, seasonal positions are temporarily available (e.g., during the summer months). 

Seasonal employees can be one of two things:

Those who work for a business that’s only open at certain times throughout the year Those who only work for a business during busy times

If your business is closed during some parts of the year, or if you have peak seasons, you might opt to hire seasonal employees. 

Seasonal employees might be full-time or part-time workers, depending on your business’s needs. Again, seasonal only applies to the length of time the employee works during a year, not the number of hours worked. 


Temporary employees (“temps”) work temporarily to fill in gaps in a workforce. Temporary employment generally doesn’t last past a certain time period, although some employers extend full-time offers to temporary employees. 

You may decide to hire temporary workers if an employee takes a leave of absence. Or, you might hire a temporary worker to see if they’re a good fit for your business. 

If you are interested in hiring temporary workers, you might opt to go through a temporary staffing agency. Or, you can hire them yourself and add them to your

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