Types of workers and working arrangements

In this section, you can find advice on different types of worker and working arrangements, including guidance on apprentices, atypical working arrangements, posted workers and how to decide upon an individual’s employment status. You can also find detailed guidance and tools for hirers of agency workers to ensure that you comply with the Agency Workers Regulations.

  • Agency workers

    This section deals with the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (the Regulations) and is designed for hirers, rather than agencies.

  • Apprentices

    We look at your employment obligations towards apprentices and the contents of a modern-day statutory apprenticeship agreement. Note that this page covers the law in England only.

  • Atypical workers

    We explain the types of atypical workers — temporary workers, fixed-term employees, trainees and apprentices, interns, part-time workers, agency workers.

  • Employment status - employees, workers and the self-employed

    We explain why employment status matters, and the differences between employees, employee shareholders, workers and the self-employed.

  • Posted workers

    Find out what terms apply when workers are posted to and from the UK, and how to comply with the Posted Workers Directive.

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