Employing Your Team

If you’re growing your business, you will no doubt need to grow your team and this will most likely mean employing people. As an employer, you are required to fulfil certain obligations so you need to get it right and our summary will help you make adequate preparation.

Here are the key things you need to know when employing staff

  • Decide how much their salary will be and ensure it meets the National Minimum Wage. Make sure you are aware of your Employer’s National Insurance obligations and any reliefs available to you.

  • Make sure your employee has the legal right to work in the UK, you should ask this of every potential employee regardless where you think they may be from.

  • Determine if you need to do any other employment checks such as a DBS check.

  • Ensure you have employers’ liability insurance as soon as you start to employ staff.

  • Send details of the job spec and the terms and conditions in writing to your new employee. Ensure you give them a written statement of employment. Seek professional HR advice when doing this.

  • Tell HMRC by setting up a PAYE scheme and notifying them of the new starter.

  • Check if you need to automatically enrol your new staff member into a workplace pension scheme.

  • Make sure you are familiar with the Employer Health and Safety requirements.

  • Most importantly, make sure that you have a solid HR solution in place. We can recommend HR advisers and lawyers for your business requirements.

We also recommend using a staff management platform and are pleased to pass on a discounted offer with BrightHR, an award winning HR software which supports the way you manage your people online, as well as giving you expert telephone advice from a HR expert. To find out more, visit BrightHR. If you sign up via our site you’ll get a 10% discount.

To read more about what you should know see our detailed resources section.

I didn’t intend to be a boss nor appreciate the importance of good leadership. Going from employer to leader takes soft skills training, an understanding of people, and the realisation that your people feed off you, so every action you take is being witnessed by your team. I make sure to use the resources available to me to help me manage the processes while I spend my time developing the team.
— Faye Watts, in an interview with Natwest