A person is self-employed if they run their business for themselves and take responsibility for its success or failure.
Self-employed workers aren’t paid through PAYE, and they don’t have the employment rights and responsibilities of employees.
Someone can be both employed and self-employed at the same time, eg if they work for an employer during the day and run their own business in the evenings.
Employment law doesn’t cover self-employed people in most cases because they are their own boss.
However, if a person is self-employed:
- they still have protection for their health and safety and, in some cases, protection against discrimination
- their rights and responsibilities are set out by the terms of the contract they have with their client