You can ask HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for a record of your employment history, eg if you’re making a compensation claim for:

  • an industrial injury (eg asbestosis or industrial deafness)
  • a road traffic accident
  • medical negligence
  • hardship (eg you’re claiming through a benevolent fund or charity)

You can apply for this information yourself or get a solicitor or tax agent to do it for you.

How to get your employment history

Fill in the application form and send it, with a signed cover letter, to HMRC. The address is on the form.

If you’re applying through a solicitor or tax agent, you’ll first need to give them written consent. You can use the consent to access your employment history form. They’ll include your consent with your application.

Apply for an employment history on behalf of someone who has died

You can apply to get the employment history of someone who’s died if you’re legally entitled to claim damages on behalf of their estate:

How to apply

Fill in the request employment history about a deceased person form and send it to HMRC. The address is on the form.

If a professional representative (eg a solicitor or coroner) gave you the form, fill it in and return it to them.

Contact HMRC

You can contact the National Insurance helpline if you haven’t heard from HMRC after 40 days.