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Working as a personal assistant carer

Person with their personal assistant carer

If you're looking for work as a personal assistant (PA) carer and wish to be directly employed, you can advertise your availability, experience and services you are offering on This is our preferred care job matching platform.

Being an employee means that you have certain responsibilities, such as:

  • Recording hours worked on a timesheet, signing off the timesheet before submission to the payroll service
  • Informing your employer of sickness within the required time period as stated on your employment contract
  • Requesting holiday leave with the required notice period
  • Completing any training expectation as per your employment contract
  • Signing an employment contract and keeping a copy for your records

Being self-employed

You may prefer to be self-employed. If this is the case, you can advertise your services for free on the Norfolk Community Directory. People can contact you directly to discuss work opportunities.

Being self-employed means that you have certain responsibilities such as:

  • Checking that you are self-employed using the HMRC status indicator tool
  • Contacting HRMC to advise you are self-employed
  • Arranging your own business insurance
  • Provide a "statement of hours/charges for services provided"
  • Issue invoices to request payment

Useful information

These websites can provide helpful information and support about employing care workers:

  • Being the Boss: A peer support website run by people with disabilities who aim to share knowledge, support and information around employing personal assistants.
  • ACAS - Contracts, hours and pay: Provides advice and information on what to consider when employing others, as well as information on job applications and hiring
  • Skills for Care information hub: offers guidance and tips about employing your own personal assistants, as well as offering details of local support services

Finding employment as a personal assistant carer

Find out more about our PA register and work out your employment status

Getting paid

Find out more about your rights, tax and pensions

Health and social care training

Find out how to access training when working as a personal assistant carer

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