As the workforce continues to evolve, more and more companies are turning to contingent workers to supplement their staff. While these workers can be a valuable asset, it’s important to have a clear process in place for ending their contracts when the time comes.

Workday, a popular human resources management platform, offers several tools for managing contingent worker contracts, including the ability to end or terminate contracts. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding Contingent Worker Contracts

First, it’s important to understand the nature of contingent worker contracts. Unlike traditional employment contracts, which typically have a set end date or are ongoing until terminated, contingent worker contracts are often project-based or have a specific end date.

Depending on the nature of the work, contingent worker contracts may be renewed or extended, but there is usually a clear end date in sight. When that date arrives, it’s important to have a plan in place for how to end the contract and ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved.

Ending Contingent Worker Contracts in Workday

Workday offers several options for ending contingent worker contracts, depending on the situation. Here are some common scenarios and how to handle them:

End a Contract on its End Date: If a contingent worker’s contract has a clear end date, ending it in Workday is a straightforward process. Simply navigate to the worker’s profile, select “End Contingent Worker Contract,” and enter the end date.

End a Contract Early: If you need to end a contract early (for example, if the worker is not performing as expected), you can do so in Workday by selecting “End Contingent Worker Contract” and entering the date of termination. You may also need to provide a reason for the early termination.

Renew or Extend a Contract: If you need to renew or extend a contingent worker’s contract, you can do so in Workday by selecting “Edit Contingent Worker Contract” and updating the end date. You can also add any other changes to the contract as needed.

Review Contracts: If you have multiple contingent workers with contracts ending around the same time, you can use Workday’s contract review tool to get an overview of all contracts that are set to end. This can help you plan ahead and ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved.


Ending contingent worker contracts can be a complex process, but with the right tools and processes in place, it can be done smoothly and efficiently. Workday’s tools for managing contingent worker contracts make it easier to keep track of end dates, renew contracts, and terminate contracts as needed. As a result, you can ensure that your contingent workforce is managed effectively and efficiently, so you can focus on growing your business.