What is FTE (Full Time Employee)?

FTE, which stands for Full Time Employee, refers to a standard measurement of an employee's working hours. It calculates the number of working hours for one full-time employee within a specific period, usually a year or a standard workweek.
Published on
March 15, 2024
Updated on
March 15, 2024

An FTE, or Full Time Employee, is a crucial concept in workforce management, providing a standard measure of an employee's working hours. Understanding FTE is essential for businesses to efficiently manage their workforce and assess labor costs accurately.

Why is FTE Important?

Here are some key reasons why FTE is important in the business world:

• FTE helps businesses allocate resources effectively by determining the number of full-time employees needed to complete tasks and projects.

• Cost Calculation: Calculating FTE allows companies to accurately assess labor costs, budget effectively, and set competitive salaries.

How to Calculate FTE?

Calculating FTE involves determining the total hours worked by all employees and dividing it by the number of hours a full-time employee would work during the same period. The result gives the equivalent number of full-time employees. Here's the formula:

FTE = Total Hours Worked / Full-Time Hours

For example, if a company has 10 part-time employees who each work 20 hours per week (totaling 200 hours), and a full-time workweek is considered 40 hours, the FTE calculation would be:

FTE = 200 hours / 40 hours = 5 FTE

When to Use FTE?

Employers typically use FTE calculations when:

• Calculating workforce costs and budgeting

• Planning and scheduling employee shifts

• Assessing staffing needs during peak seasons

By utilizing FTE calculations, businesses can streamline their operations, optimize staffing levels, and make informed decisions based on workforce data.

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