I think I am falsely self-employed. What are my rights?

If you are not self-employed, you are likely to be a worker.

This means that in particular, you should be getting:

  • Wages – at least the National Minimum Wage;
  • Holiday pay;
  • Working Time rights;
  • Statutory Sick Pay rights (subject to meeting the earnings threshold);
  • Pensions auto-enrolment rights (subject to meeting the earnings threshold);
  • The right to belong to a trade union; and
  • Protection from discrimination.

You may be an ‘employee’, in which case, you have additional rights such as protection from unfair dismissal and redundancy, and the right to claim family-friendly rights such as maternity leave. Speak to a union rep if you are not sure, or to an advice agency such as Citizens Advice if you are not a union member.

You can also get advice and support about false self-employment from the Acas Helpline or the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). The GLAA website has guides in a variety of languages.

If you are not yet a union member, think about joining one. Unions are leading the fight for decent terms and conditions and to combat the use of false self-employment to exploit workers. Browse our Union Finder tool for information on the union most suited to you.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

What is WorkSmart?

A career coach that works for everyone.


Enjoy bite-sized activities delivered to you every week.

Lightbulb brain

Equip yourself with essential skills to be the best you yet.


Get the guidance you need to stay focused and reach your goals.

Worksmart circle