Employment status tests: Are you employed or self-employed?

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Employees work under a contract of service whereas the self employed work under a contract for services. There is nothing in the taxes acts which defines a contract of service or of a contract for services it depends upon the relationship of the parties.

This page contains and reproduces extracts of advice from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on employment status:

As a general guide as to whether a worker is an employee or self-employed; if the answer is 'Yes' to all of the following questions, then the worker is probably an employee:

  • Do they have to do the work themselves?

  • Can someone tell them at any time what to do, where to carry out the work or when and how to do it?

  • Can they work a set amount of hours?

  • Can someone move them from task to task?

  • Are they paid by the hour,...

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