How can I tell if I’m officially self employed?

Last updated: 05 Mar 2020

The genuinely self-employed are excluded from all statutory employment rights. However, they do have contractual rights in if they have agreements to undertake a job.

Self-employment is where the person is genuinely in business on their own account.

Some contracts will be drawn up on the basis that someone is working as self-employed, when in fact they are an employee or worker and have employment protection rights.

Tribunals and courts will consider the reality of the situation, rather than simply accepting the label that the parties involved have given to the relationship.

Some volunteers are not covered as workers or employees and therefore have no employment protection rights.

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