The UK Rules

Worker Employment Status and Rights

As a rule, a worker would be a person who undertakes work or services for an employer. Workers may be working under a contract of employment - but not always.

WORKER: Generally, you would have 'worker employment status' if:

Worker Employment Rights

There are core work rights and protections afforded to all 'workers'. Though very similar for employment status purposes, not all workers get classed as employees. As a rule, these groups would have worker status (but not employee status).

Under UK labour laws workers have entitlement to certain employment rights. Thus, a worker would get:

In many cases having worker status in the United Kingdom means you may also have entitlement to:

Note: The agency workers regulations 2010 mean they have certain rights from their first day at work.

As a general rule, workers will not get the usual entitlement to:

Casual Work and Irregular Working Patterns

All other things being equal, an individual is more likely to have worker employment status if some or all these apply:

Employment Status Worker: Rights of Workers in the United Kingdom