Working in the UK

A guide to your rights
Report type
Research and reports
Issue date
15 Jan 2017
Key findings

The rights you are entitled to at work will depend on the type of worker you are.

Welcome to the TUC guide on your rights at work in the UK. The TUC is the national centre of trade unions in the UK – we represent more than 5.5 million workers and 52 unions from a variety of sectors.

Trade unions bring workers together to defend rights at work, make sure workplaces are safe and bargain for better pay and conditions for their members. Find out how to join a union.

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What kind of worker are you?
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.