Welcome to Workline UK – we offer free advice on essential topics relating to employment and contracts.

(Updated 2014).  Offering advice since 2006 and previously funded for 2 years by the UK Film Council and Skillset, to provide free employment advice to those working in the UK Film and TV Industries, Workline is now hosted by Freelance Advisor to offer this service to a wider audience.

Search for the information you need by using the Freelance Advisor search box on the top right or by clicking this link to all the Workline articles (it’s a long list!).  We also have a  FAQ and an Employers sections below and here are direct links to our most-popular articles:






Partner with Workline FAQ’s: Info for Employers Useful Links Privacy, T&C’s Testimonials

Our advice is for all on this website:

  • PAYE Employees (on permanent or fixed term contracts),
  • Workers (casuals, agency temps),
  • the Self-employed/Freelancers/Contractors and
  • Employers.

Seperately, away from this website, we also offer a paid service for Employers who need ongoing or adhoc support from a HR professional but do not yet have their own HR department - see how The HR Kiosk can help you as employment law gets more complicated and penalties for non-compliance increase.  We provide value-for-money and pragmatic employment advice and solutions for those awkward time-consuming staffing problems, when you need it. And essential employment documents, tailored to your business, that keep you legally compliant!

And at The HR Kiosk we also offer a paid service for Contractors/Freelancers/Employees to help with their complicated employment related problems – our fees are low to reflect the day-to-day pressures on individuals  and you can hire us for as much time as you need.

Our advice on this website covers the full range of employment/contract issues, except we do not provide advice on careers, CV’s, job hunting, work-experience or training (there are many others who do – see our recommendations below).

Looking for career, job-hunting, work-experience, recruitment or training advice?

We are not able to offer this advice, so we suggest taking a look at the following services:

  • Freelance vacancies on Freelance Advisor here
  • Workline’s Useful Links page here
  • Skillset provides careers advice,  training and more for the UK’s creative industries – see how they can help you here.  Skillset is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Creative Media which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles.
Workline’s Manager and Lead Advisor, Lesley Furber, has many years experience in Human Resources in UK Industries and runs her own Human Resources Consultancy The HR Kiosk.    However, please note that the advice given on this website and by our Advisors is for guidance only and cannot be taken as an authoritative or current interpretation of the law, or as specific advice for individual cases. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy details section for more information. (Please also note that there are some differences in employment legislation in Northern Ireland that may not be reflected accurately on this site).