I'm looking for a word that would describe the quality of working full-time, part-time, and so forth. There are many websites that distinguish between the two but do not provide a term for the characteristic of a job.

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  • Hello, thank you for your help and the link, it's very helpful for me
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 6:46
  • Also thank you for the word "hypernym", I think it will be usefull for me
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 6:52

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This is called Full Time Equivalent (FTE):

The calculation of full-time equivalent (FTE) is an employee's scheduled hours divided by the employer's hours for a full-time workweek. When an employer has a 40-hour workweek, employees who are scheduled to work 40 hours per week are 1.0 FTEs. Employees scheduled to work 20 hours per week are 0.5 FTEs. — How do I calculate full-time equivalent (FTE) hours?

This is the technical term that’s used in my organization, in fact (which is why I’ve actually used fte as a variable name).

  • Thank you, this term is perfect for my usage
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 6:45

I don't think there is a standardized term for exactly what you are looking for. But you could use variations instead. For example:

  • Contractual Status
  • Contractual Category
  • Employee Category
  • Shift Type
  • Working Hours


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