Employment status - employees, workers and the self-employed

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The law has traditionally recognised only three types of employment status – employees, workers and the self-employed. This page examines the difference between them.

Although you may have your own terms to describe the status of people who work with you, for example, consultants, contractors or temps, strictly speaking, these terms have no specific legal meaning.

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