Full-time Employment contract for a Software developer

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Here are the key terms of a Full-time Employment contract for a Software developer, when and how to create one and additional tips from Legislate.

An employment agreement allows an employer to hire an employee. An employment contract specifies the rights and obligations of the employer and the employee. An employment contract will specify key information such as the employee's role, salary, work location, hours and holidays.

A full-time employee will work between 35 and 40 hours a week usually spread over 5 days.

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A software developer builds software applications using code. Software developers are usually specialised by coding language and the types of projects they work on. For example, a software developer might work on front-end projects or back-end projects which each have their specific languages. A software developer is known as a full-stack developer if they can work on both types of projects. A company can engage a software developer as a consultant with a software development agreement or alternatively as an employee and an employment contract for software development.

Employment contracts for software developers usually have additional provisions on intellectual property rights and confidential information. This is because software developers will have a access and develop proprietary information, algorithms and know-how which are critical to their employer's business. In addition to protecting these terms, an employment agreement for a software developer must include non-solicitation terms to prevent former employees from soliciting former colleagues or clients.

Legislate's employment contract contains provisions specific to software developers including language around the use of open-source software libraries during the course of employment. This is important because certain open-source libraries require the disclosure of the software application's source code which can breach the employee's confidentiality provisions.

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