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An employee is a person who works for a company on an employment contract.
If you’re an employee, your contract should show the following pieces of information:
Not everyone who works for a company is an employee. A company may hire a freelancer or subcontractor instead. In recent times with the rise of companies like Uber, Deliveroo and more, the employment status of various workers has been brought into question. As an employee, a company has to pay employer taxes and pay for benefits like holiday pay or sick pay. As a worker, you’re freelance and sort your taxes yourself.
If you’re not sure where you sit, here’s what makes someone a worker rather than employee:
In case you’re still not certain, you should check with your employer, to be safe!
Usually, your Income Tax and National Insurance contributions will be deducted from your salary and sent to HMRC by your employer. This tax payment system is called Pay As You Earn (PAYE). But in some cases, you might need to file a Self Assessment tax return with HMRC as well. Here are the scenarios where this might be the case:
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