The Consolidated Employment Contract (CEC), created in 1992, is a part-time employment contract (generally for 30 hours a week) for a 12-month fixed term, renewable up to a maximum of five years. It may be signed by local authorities, public institutions and associations. The employee's salary is partly covered by the State. It is intended for persons in difficulty on the employment market, in particular those who have benefited from several Employment Solidarity Contracts and have not found a job at the end of them.
The Consolidated Employment Contract was abolished by the law of 18 January 2005 on Programming for Social Cohesion. The said law created new contracts intended for persons encountering particular difficulties in gaining access to employment: the Employment Support Contract and the Future Contract for the non-market sector. Consolidated employment contracts that are already underway continue to be subject to the same rules until their term.