I work as a creative artworker / typesetter, laying out jobs from briefs supplied, for a variety of the company's clients (music industry / record labels), and on and using the equipment provided for me.
I would be expected to start the working day at 9.30am like everyone else, though most days, I and my self-employed colleagues would be there earlier to get on with the ongoing work.
Because of the, at most times, consistently large workload, we would be allowed to work as many hours as we liked, because we were the people generally entrusted to complete all the artwork requirements prior to the jobs going to print.
This job management responsibility though would come under the direction of one of the Joint Deputy Managing Directors, who was also in charge of the production team who would organise the repro and distribution of artwork to the individual clients or third party printers. Only recently were we informed that in order to save money we were asked to cap our hours at ten hours daily.
Despite the open-endedness of the daily working hours, it is ultimately the company MD and her joint deputies that would determine our hours, but we would be expected to work a full working day.
The only time when our days were structured differently was a two-week period about 18 months ago, when the three of us would start at slightly different times in the day so that we wouldn't have to be paid for full days. This was purely and simply a cost-cutting measure whilst incoming work was a little slack. We were all back working more than full-time hours once the two weeks were up.
As mentioned, one of the joint deputy MDs and a couple of production managers were the staff members that determined who does what and when - we would generally all work as a team to see that deadlines were met. But ultimately it was their decision if we should shelve a particular job for the time being and work on another if the deadline was a particularly pressing one.
I do not have anything in writing. I, like the other artworkers, were engaged privately and independently, and we all operate as individuals, responsible for our own tax and national insurance. Since there is no contract I would be free to do my own freelance work with other clients - but not in the full-time hours that we would be expected to fill with this employer.
For the first year and a half of working for this company, I would periodically work for another company on a freelance basis from home - but only in my own time. This other client had no links whatsoever in work or industry sector, to the one I was working for on a full-time basis.
I hope this helps clarify things, but please feel free to ask me more if you should need to...
Kind regards, Chris.