I have been speaking to a large number of dental practice owners and advising them that they will need to address the topic of employment status with their hygienists and therapists to ascertain their future pension arrangement.

There are a number of factors involved when determining whether a person is employed or self-employed. It is a complicated procedure that permits Booth Ainsworth to employ a specialist who dedicates a great deal of time to this subject alone.

As a general guide as to whether a worker is an employee or self-employed; if the answer is 'Yes' to all of the following questions, then the worker is probably an employee:

  • Do they have to work themselves?
  • Can someone tell them at any time what to do, where to carry out the work or when and how to do it?
  • Can they work a set amount of hours?
  • Can someone move them from task to task?
  • Are they paid by the hour week or month?
  • Can they receive overtime pay or bonus payment?

If they are employees then it is highly likely that they will be covered by the auto-enrolment regime. If anyone considers themselves to be self-employed the situation may be a little more complicated.

Hygienists are likely to be classified as 'workers' if they are required to perform their services personally and there is a mutual agreement of obligation.