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Employed or Self-Employed?



October 9 , 2012 | Posted by Fern Price |

Employed or Self-Employed?

Identify whether you are Employed or Self-Employed

It can sometimes be confusing to identify whether you are classed as employed or self-employed. Here is a list of basic checks to help you decide just that:

You are probably employed if you:

  • have to do the work yourself
  • work for one person at a time, who is in charge of what you do and takes on the risks of the business
  • can be told how, when and where you do your work
  • have to work a set amount of hours
  • are paid a regular amount according to the hours you work, and get paid for working overtime – even if you do casual or part-time work, you can still be employed

You are probably self-employed if you:

  • run your own business and take responsibility for its success or failure
  • have several customers at the same time
  • can decide how, when and where you do your work
  • are free to hire other people to do the work for you or help you at your own expense
  • provide the main items of equipment to do your work

It is important to identify your employment status because it affects both employment and benefit rights, along with how you pay Tax and National Insurance.