All workers with a right to work in the UK have employment rights.
If you are from a non-EU country there may be conditions attached to your visa that restrict the hours or type of work you may be employed. See the Home Office website for more information about the conditions attached to your visa.
The rights you are entitled to at work will depend on the type of worker you are.
There are generally three legal categories of workers in the UK: employees, workers (such as casual or agency workers) and the self-employed. Click on the links below to find out more.
You are likely to be an employee if:
Rights for Employees
All employees have the right to:
You are likely to be a worker if:
Rights for workers
All workers have the right to:
On a zero-hours contract?
If you are on a zero-hours contract you are likely to be entitled to workers’ rights. But many zero-hours contract workers will also be ‘employees’. It will depend on your personal working pattern. It is always a good idea to check with your union which rights you may qualify for.
Refer to Agency Workers page
You are likely to be self-employed if:
Rights for self-employed workers
There are some additional rights that apply to some self-employed workers which a union can help you to claim. To find the relevant union for your job please use the union finder tool