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The ’employing staff’ checklist

So you're thinking about taking on staff? Here's a list of items to add to your to-do list to make sure you operate within the law.

Decide on your employees salary

You must pay at least the national minimum wages. Current hourly rates from April 2017 are:

  • 25 and over = £7.50
  • 21 to 24=£7.05
  • 18 to 20=£5.60
  • Under 18=£4.05
  • Apprentice £3.50

Check if someone has a legal right to work in the UK

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Get employment insurance

Once you have an employee you will need employers liability insurance. (We can arrange this for you. Contact us today for a quote)

Draw up an employment contract

Put details of the job, in writing, to your employee, in the form of an employment contract. (If you're a client and would like us to send you our 'employment contract template', drop us a line).

The employee contract should be signed by both you and your new employee.

Inform the HMRC

Tell the HMRC that you are an employer by telephoning their  employer helpline: 0300 200 3211

Set up a payroll system for monthly RTI reporting

(Clients, contact us for further guidance)

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