What is an offer letter?

An offer letter, or job offer letter, is a document that an employer gives a candidate that explains the details of the job before they sign a contract of employment. Typically, job offer letters (or employment letters) are less detailed than an employment contract. An offer letter normally includes information about wages, deductions from pay, job duties, and any conditions of employment, such as hours of work.

For more information on the differences between employment letters and employment contracts, see the recruitment and hiring section in our HR Glossary.  

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