Employment Rights

Do I have any employment rights?

Everyone who undertakes paid work in the UK has some employment rights. It does not matter where you come from or what job you do.

Some rights apply to everyone, such as the right not be discriminated against or treated unfairly because you have raised a complaint about either the way you are treated or how the business or company you work in is run.

In other cases, a person’s employment status helps determine their rights and the employer’s responsibilities.
There are three main types of employment status:

  • Employee

If you have a contract and work regular hours you may be an employee.

  • Worker

If you work through an agency or only work when your employer needs you/can choose when to work you may be a worker.

  • Self-employed

If you work for yourself and provide services to others you are likely to be classed as self-employed.

It can be very difficult to work out what your employment status is, but it is really important to know as it will affect what rights you have. We are on hand to help you.

You can find out more about employment status at: