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Top tips on employing staff

By Julie Keen. Posted On 20 Feb 2018. Last Updated 20 Feb 2018.

Employing staff can be a very exciting time, but be careful and don't miss any key points of the recruitment process. We have put together 10 tip tips on employing staff but be sure to seek professional HR support if you have any specific questions.

1. Decide how much to pay your employee: Almost all workers are legally entitled to the National Minimum Wage. See National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. If you are on a tighter budget, you may wish to seek an apprentice.

2. Carry out checks and references: Make sure you carry out initial checks and carry out reference checks.

3. Does your new employee have the right to work in the UK: You must check whether your employee is legally able to work in the UK. Take copies of the passport and seek professional help if you need to.

4. Send details of the job and job offer to a new employee: Once you have chosen your new employee, send a job offer in writing outlining the job, the role and duties. This might be a good time to get help from your HR department or HR support.

7. Tell HMRC you are an employer: If you employ someone, you will need to register as an employer with HMRC. See Registering as an employer with the HMRC.

8. Check and set-up any required pension: You will need to check whether you are liable for pension contributions.

9. Update or add additional insurances: You will need to contact your insurance provider and add on an employee to your policy.


10. Employee/staff handbook: Many businesses miss this crucial part of the employment process, but if you don’t already have an employee handbook this might be a good time to get one. Within your employee handbook, you will need to outline the rules of your business, what is expected from employees, what they can expect from you as a business.

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