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Finding employment as a personal assistant carer

If you are looking for employed work as a personal assistant (PA) carer then sign up for free to our Personal Assistant Register with our PA register partner UKCIL.

Sign up to the PA register

View vacancies for PA carer roles

If you're looking for a job as a PA carer, you'll find vacancies on the Norfolk Care Careers website and our Facebook page.

If you are a self-employed personal assistant (PA) carer then you can sign up for free to the Norfolk Community Directory to advertise your availability.

To sign up for the Norfolk Community Directory, click on the button below.

Sign up for the Directory 

Proving your right to work

You will need to provide your right to work evidence at any interview you attend. The GOV.UK website has guidance on what is accepted as proof. 

We also offer training courses for those who wish to work as PA carers.

Your employment status

If you go to work as a PA for someone, you may either be employed or self-employed. There’s a difference between the two in terms of your rights.


You’re employed if you work for someone under an employment contract.

Employees have extra employment rights which include:

  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Statutory Redundancy Pay
  • Time off for emergencies
  • The right to request flexible working
  • Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay 
  • Minimum notice periods if their employment will be ending: for example, if an employer is dismissing them
  • Protection against unfair dismissal

Some of these rights will only apply to you after a certain length of continuous employment with your employer. Your contract may state how long this period is.


You’re self-employed if you run your business for yourself, taking responsibility for its success or failure. Self-employed workers aren’t paid through PAYE and you don’t have the same rights as employees. 

However, you still have protection for health and safety and, in some cases, protection against discrimination. You'll also have rights and responsibilities set out in the terms of the contract you have with your client.

The GOV.UK website has more information about workers’ rights and employment statuses.

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