How my personal assistant is employed
If you employ your assistant you will need to pay some of their wage or all of their wage.
If they are sick they will still need to be paid.
They will also be allowed holidays.
Employing your personal assistant means that you will have more responsibility. If your assistant is self-employed you will not have this responsibility.
If your personal assistant is self-employed you will just have a bill to pay.
How your personal assistant is employed will depend on the type of support that you need.
If you want your personal assistant to do the tasks below you will need to employ them.
- If you want support in your home
- If you want support at a certain time each day or each week
- If you want to be fully in control of your support
- If you pay them hourly for their support
Contact Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for more information: www.hmrc.gov.uk
Your local support organisation can help you decide if getting support from a self-employed personal assistant is right for you.
Your local authority may have information about using a self-employed personal assistant.
If you need more information about personal assistant employment contact the Scottish Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN).
Tel: 01698 250280
Email: Allie Cherry