Are Self Employed people a risk to your business?

January 6, 2020

There are a number of easy checks to determine if someone is genuinely self-employed, they should-

  • Provide their own equipment;


  • Are not made to wear a branded uniform, or drive a branded vehicle;Have genuine control over pricing and invoicing;


  • Are not paid wages;


  • They set their own hours and are not closely monitored by the organisation for which they work (for example through 'vehicle tracking' or other forms of software);


In recent years, there has been nothing short of an explosion of businesses who prefer to pay people on a self-employed basis rather than employ them directly.


There are big risks to using self-employed people when in reality they should be classed a workers or even employees.


We recommend that you should-

  • Audit your workers who you consider to be self-employed;


  • Review your contract for services document;


  • Educate your line managers about how to manage self-employed workers;


  • Educate your finance staff about how to manage self-employed workers;


  • Don’t be complacent;


Do you -

  • Require help?


  • Not sure what to do?


  • Would like an independent party to help you audit your existing contracts?


  • Need to reissue or rewrite contracts?


You can contact us for support with these and all other everyday HR issues. 


We will be organising a seminar in the next few weeks which will cover the potential risks employers can face by using false self-employment.


If you are interested in attending this seminar call us on 07375 097443 or e-mail



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