Any organisation that pays a self-employed worker should ensure that they draw up a written contract with that worker that clearly states that the relationship is to be one of self-employment and that the worker will be responsible for their own tax and national insurance contributions.
This will ensure that the organisation does not suffer should it transpire that the worker is not actually registered as a self-employed worker, a very common occurrence in the sports industry. Signing such a contract will mean that any non-registration is an issue for the worker and not the organisation.
As well as clearly declaring the type of relationship, the contract should also detail how the organisation and worker will work together and outline the required ways in which the relationship passes the self-employment guidelines.
Many of the national governing bodies provide template self-employment contracts for their affiliated clubs and coaches to use and there is normally no charge for these. You should ensure that any such contract has specific provision for the self-employment guidelines and you should also get such a contract checked by an industry expert to ensure it complies with said guidelines.
We can also provide a template contract which has full provision for the guidelines. Such a contract would cost over £300 from a solicitor – our template is just £55 and includes a detailed appendix on how to complete the Employment Status Indicator and match it to the clauses in the contract.