Employed worker


The employed person is that person employed in a company or for an employer. This, through a contract. Thus, both parties agree on a series of working conditions.

That is, the employee or salaried worker is one who works for someone, receiving remuneration in return. This, in exchange for following the employer's instructions.

It is worth mentioning that the hiring of an employed person must follow the provisions of the law. That is, the legal minimum wage and rights such as holidays or extraordinary payments (such as bonuses at Christmas time) must be respected.

In general, this category does not include self-employed workers, unpaid family employees, seasonal workers, those who carry out work ad honorem, or out of friendship without expecting compensation in return, etc.

Differences between employed and self-employed worker

The main differences between an employed person and a self-employed person are the following:

  • The employed person receives a fixed monthly remuneration, agreed in advance with the employer. Instead, the self-employed person could receive a different income each month, depending on how their activity increases or decreases. As an example, consider the case of a graphic designer who works independently. In some months you will receive more orders than in others.
  • The employed person usually has a defined work schedule, or at least a number of hours per week that must work. On the other hand, a self-employed person could work some months, and weeks, more hours than in others.
  • An employed person does not assume the risk that the business reports more or less benefits, in the same way he will receive a remuneration. Nor does he receive a higher salary if the company, or entrepreneur, makes higher profits. In contrast, a self-employed person is responsible for the performance that he may have, for example, his personal business.
  • Both types of workers are taxed in different regimes, that is, they usually pay a different income tax, and that is stipulated in the law.
  • The employed person, normally, signs a contract where all the working conditions are stipulated, while the self-employed worker is not subject to a contract.
  • In the case of an employed person, the employer must provide all the means so that the work activity can be carried out. Instead, a self-employed person must acquire such means, as the name suggests, on their own.

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