Meaning of “self-employed” in the English Dictionary

"self-employed" in British English

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self-employedadjective

uk /ˌself.ɪmˈplɔɪd/ us /ˌself.ɪmˈplɔɪd/
self-employed
noun [ plural ] uk us

They run an advice centre for the self-employed.
self-employment
noun [ U ] uk /ˌself.ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt/ us /ˌself.ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt/

(Definition of “self-employed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"self-employed" in American English

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self-employedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˌself·ɪmˈplɔɪd/

having your own business and working for yourself rather than for an employer

(Definition of “self-employed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"self-employed" in Business English

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self-employedadjective

uk /ˌselfɪmˈplɔɪd/ us WORKPLACE

not working for an employer but having your own business or finding work for yourself:

be/become/go self-employed 16% of workers in Britain are self-employed.
a self-employed builder/contractor/person

self-employednoun [ plural ]

uk us WORKPLACE
the self-employed

people who do not work for an employer but have their own business or find work for themselves:

The more flexible mortgage approach benefits those who expect their income to vary, such as the self-employed.

(Definition of “self-employed” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)