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15 hrs a week admin - is it better to be EMPLOYED or FREELANCE

(6 Posts)
UndoTyping Fri 14-Mar-14 16:25:21

Just that really.

Ive been offered an admin job working for an independent management consultant working from his office in his house.

Is it better that i become his employee or for me to freelance and bill him for my time. He is offering �10 per hour which I think after tax etc will leave me just about on minimum wage take home pay.

Your thoughts and observations would be grately appreciated.


Lonecatwithkitten Fri 14-Mar-14 17:28:37

You need to make sure you satisfy the self employed criteria
Will you be able to set your own hours?
Will you be able to substitute someone else to do the work?
Will you supply your own materials?
Will you work for more than 2 people?

Flibbertyjibbet Fri 14-Mar-14 17:43:07

15 hours a week at £10 per hour, you will not pay tax on that if its your only income.
You will have to register as self employed with HMRC and pay NI direct via your bank account, its a small fixed amount per month. Howeever once registered as self employed, it can be hard to get benefits etc if the work finishes.
If however he employs you as an employee, he will be liable for employer's national insurance, and you will have all the protection offered by law to employees, paid holidays etc. If you are only working for him, and not working for 2 or more clients as the previous poster said, then you are probably an employee anyway.
As someone just now packing in working as self employed due to all the hassle involved, I'd say be an employee.

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 14-Mar-14 17:50:18

I'm self employed and employed (2 jobs) and I'd rather get paid a little less and be employed. As self employed you don't get sick pay, don't get maternity pay or holiday pay. The person you're working for can cut your hours without notice, leaving you in the poop. Employed people have far more protection against things like this.

Hoppinggreen Fri 14-Mar-14 18:27:07

I don't think you could work just for him and be self employed.
Look up IR35, I'm pretty sure HMRC would think this was a way for this man to avoid paying NI etc.

flowery Fri 14-Mar-14 18:42:50

It's very unlikely that 15 regular hours a week for someone at their offices doing admin would class as self employment, unless you were a virtual assistant with your own business and several clients. Employment status isn't something you or the employer get to choose, it is what it is.

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