False self-employment campaign

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of false self-employment. False self-employment is an employment relationship where it looks as if you are self-employed but you are actually an employee. If your employment is wrongly classed as self-employment, it affects your employment rights and the social welfare payments you are entitled to.

If you think you might be falsely self-employed, contact the Scope section of the DEASP on 01 673 2585 (9am-5pm) or email scope@welfare.ie. They will investigate the work relationship you have with the company and make a determination on your employment status.

Visit welfare.ie to get information on the criteria the Department uses to make a determination on your employment status or to find out more about the campaign. Information on false self-employment is available in English, Irish and 8 other languages (French, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Hindi and Mandarin).