Determining employment status

This document explains the employment status groups for individuals working at the University.  It also tells you how employment status is determined.

  • There are three employment groups determined by employment law; employee, worker or self employed. 
  • An individual providing work activities for the University will fall within one of these employment groups.
  • The appropriate employment status group will depend on the working relationship between the University and the individual.  Points to consider include:     
  1. Is there is a contract between the University and the individual?
  2. Does the individual need to provide services personally?
  3. The degree of control over the service provided: who decides when and how the work is done?
  4. Is there is a ‘mutuality of obligation’ on behalf of the University or the individual, i.e. whether work has to be offered and carried out.
  • To determine if someone is self employed, an HMRC employment status indicator (ESI) tool needs to be completed.