Working with the Self-Employed: A Best Practice Guide for Businesses

Published: May 2020

This Best Practice Guide has been created by Creative & Cultural Skills as part of the Creative Careers Programme (CCP). It responds directly to feedback from the creative industries about the lack of clear information on working with the self-employed, despite the fact they represent 35% of the creative industries workforce.

The CCP is an integrated industry-led programme of activity across England that is working to ensure there is a larger and more diverse intake of talent and a broader range of routes into the creative industries, a commitment of the Creative Industries Sector Deal. The programme launched in March 2019 and was kick-started with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, it is being delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills, ScreenSkills and the Creative Industries Federation.

We are grateful to the legal team at Counterculture Partnership LLP, a professional services firm specialising in advice to the creative and cultural sector, for their
assistance with this guide. However, this is a tool to encourage objective assessment of an organisation’s current understanding and approach. It is not a substitute for legal advice, and you must not rely on it as such. Always obtain professional or specialist advice based on your organisation’s specific circumstances before taking, or refraining from taking, any action on the basis of the information in this guide.

You may also find it useful to read our Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders which includes information about various types of employment status.

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