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As an employer you’ll have to ensure your employees pay the correct tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) using the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system.
You will also have to make your own payment of Employers National Insurance Contributions, an additional cost for every employee you take on which should be included in your budget. Before you start looking for a new employee, it’s worth considering what it is that you need. Do you need a full time worker or could a freelance consultant or temporary worker meet your requirements? What is it that you want the person to do and what skills will they need?
Your legal obligations as an employer include:
Attracting, selecting and appointing suitable candidates to your business is an important step in growing your business. Before you advertise, it pays to spend some time defining the job requirements by developing a job description and person specification so you can get the ‘right’ person for the job in terms of qualifications, experience, skills, etc.
Once the ‘right’ person has joined your business you should consider providing an induction, to help the new employee understand what is required of them and what you want them to do.
You can undertake the recruitment yourself or you can choose to pay a commercial recruitment agency to do it for you. Alternatively you could pay an employment agency to provide you with someone for a period of time without having to employ them directly through your own business.
Job Centre Plus offer a free recruitment service for businesses, so that they can help those currently out of work find a job.
You might also consider choosing individuals for unpaid positions, such as voluntary roles or work experience.
If you are a running or indeed looking to grow your business there is a lot of free guidance available to you to help you make the right decisions.
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