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Understand the responsibilities and distinctions of working with freelancers in this 90-minute training session.

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Freelancers, or self-employed contractors, are an important part of the cultural sector. It’s important for any organisation to properly understand the responsibilities and distinctions of working with freelancers. Getting this wrong puts your business at risk and may perpetuate poor practices.

This session works to help employers understand what constitutes sound practices for working with freelancers, including:

  • Understanding freelancing, and why it matters: the risks to your business, and what individuals may be missing out on if you get this wrong
  • What defines freelancing
  • What freelancers are responsible for
  • What the hiring business is responsible for
  • How to distinguish between freelancing and fixed-term employment

This session is part of our series of Fair Access Sector Support training which has been tailored specifically for Scotland’s cultural sector, funded by Creative Scotland. It’s designed for anyone that works with freelancers and is accompanied by a guide to Working with the Self-Employed.

Duration: 90 minutes (including breaks)

Venue: This is an online training session hosted on Zoom, the link to join will be sent to you ahead of the event.

Tickets: This is a free event for employers working in the cultural sector in Scotland. Tickets must be booked through Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend the event, please de-register on Eventbrite or let us know via email so we can open your space up to another organisation as spaces are limited.

Accessibility: Live captions will be available on the day using Zoom’s automatic live transcription. If you have any specific access requirements, please email

About Creative & Cultural Skills

We are the UK-wide agency working to create a fair, skilled and accessible cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice. Visit to find out more and follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

This training event has been supported by Creative Scotland and consequently is only available to organisations based in Scotland. Find out more about our Fair Access Sector Support programmes in England and Northern Ireland on our website. We are currently exploring funding options to make this available Wales.

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