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Have you been told you are a “casual worker”, or that you are “self-employed”, rather than being an employee?
An employee has many rights – and to determine if you ARE an employee or not, consider the following:
It is likely that you are an employee if the above apply and you will have a contract of employment. This may not be in writing – a verbal agreement is a valid contract. The terms and conditions may be contained in a letter offering employment or in an employee manual. See: www.gov.uk/employment-status/employee
If you are not an employee, you may be a “worker” – this is someone with fewer rights than an employee but is still NOT self-employed. You will still have a contract. The main differences to being an employee are to do with various entitlements which an employee has which a worker does not have, such as: minimum notice periods; protection against unfair dismissal; statutory redundancy pay. For more information about being a work see: www.gov.uk/employment-status/worker
You are self-employed if you run your own business and take responsibility for its success or failure. You will be in control of what work you do and when. You will own your own tools, provide the materials for work and be able to get someone else to do the work on your behalf. You will not be paid through PAYE, being responsible for your own National insurance, tax and pension provision. Be aware that the HMRC may regard someone as self-employed for tax purposes, even if they have a different status in employment law. www.gov.uk/employment-status/selfemployed-contractor
An employer may ask you to become self-employed. However, you will need to check very carefully that you will be genuinely self-employed. If the ex-employer still has control over your work and you are not permitted to turn down work then you are probably still an employee.
For further information see: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/rights-at-work/basic-rights-and-contracts/contracts-of-employment/