1. Overview

In employment law a person’s employment status helps determine their rights, and their employer’s responsibilities.

In tax law a person may have a different employment status. You can check this using the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Employment Status Indicator.

The main types of employment status are:

Contact Acas (or the Labour Relations Agency in Northern Ireland) if you need advice on employment status, employee rights or employer responsibilities.

Acas helpline
Telephone: 0300 123 1100
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 1pm
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As a last resort you can take a case to an employment tribunal (known as an industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland) or a court and they’ll make the final decision on someone’s employment status for employment law purposes.

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