Freelancers’ employment rights

Last updated: 06 Apr 2020

When people speak of freelancers, the term covers:

  • People who work a series of short fixed-term contracts where they are on PAYE terms
  • People who work a series of short fixed-term contracts who are deemed to be ‘self-employed’ for tax purposes
  • People who work through their own limited companies, supplying labour, services, equipment, and sometimes the services of other people
  • People who are hired to provide a particular service (e.g. “service my boiler and replace faulty parts and I will pay you £xxx, no matter how long it takes you to do it”)

and a number of other scenarios including:

Someone on a short fixed term PAYE contract actually has many of the employment rights of someone in full-time employment. They get paid holidays and are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), for example. This is a complicated issue and you can check your employment status for tax purposes here and learn about how your status affects your employment rights here.