What is Full-time equivalent (FTE)?

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Full-time equivalent refers to a unit which indicates the workload of an employed person in a way that makes workloads comparable across various contexts

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Full-time equivalent definition (FTE)

Full-time equivalent refers to a unit which indicates the workload of an employed person in a way that makes workloads comparable across various contexts. It allows companies to standardize salaries by finding an equivalent salary between the part-time and those working full-time.

The figure 1.0 refers to one employee working full-time while the figure 0.5 refers to an employee that works half full-time hours.


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