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Associates self-employment status

This advice gives an overview on the various employment statuses of associates in a dental practice.

Self-employment has long been the default status for associates in general dental practice. Discussions with our members over the years, and more recently, have confirmed that most practice owners and associates prefer the self-employed model to any other. We have therefore sought to protect that position.​ The UK has a three-tiered employment status framework: self-employment; employment and ‘worker’ status. Worker status is something in between being an employee with full employment rights and being completely self-employed with no rights. Importantly though, it is still a form of self-employment.

There are pros and cons to the various employment statuses. Learn about the differences and what it might mean to change status.