Employing someone for the first time? There are a few things you need to know...


Growing your business is an exciting stage to be at, and employing someone for the first time is a landmark occasion. However, there are some things that you are now responsible for that didn’t need to worry about when it was just you. 

Here’s a checklist to make sure you are covered and that you have a seamless entry into the world of being an employer:

1. Decide how much to pay someone - you must pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage.
2. Check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. 
3. Apply for a DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check) if you work in a field that requires one, e.g. with vulnerable people or security.
4. Get employment insurance - you need employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
5. Send details of the job (including terms and conditions) in writing to your employee. You need to give your employee a written statement of employment if you’re employing someone for more than 1 month.
6. Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by registering as an employer - you can do this up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff.  

Jan McDermott & Co offer payroll services if you lack the time and/ or resources to manage this yourself. Please contact nicky@janmcdermott.co.uk or call Nicky on 0845 9000 691.

Useful links: 
National Minimum Wage 
Legal right to work in the UK 
DBS check 
Employers Liability Insurance 
Written statement of employment 
Registering as an employer