Employing staff for the first time



There are 7 things you need to do when employing staff for the first time.

This guide is also availableĀ in Welsh (Cymraeg).

  1. Decide how much to pay someone – you must pay your employee at least theĀ National Minimum Wage.
  2. Check if someone has theĀ legal right to workĀ in the UK. You may have to do other employment checks as well.
  3. Check if you need to apply for aĀ DBS checkĀ (formerly known as a CRB check) if you work in a field that requires one, eg with vulnerable people or security.
  4. Get employment insurance – you needĀ employersā€™ liability insuranceĀ 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 aĀ written statement of employmentĀ if youā€™re employing someone for more than 1 month.
  6. Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) byĀ registering as an employerĀ – you can do this up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff.
  7. Check if you need toĀ automatically enrol your staffĀ into a workplace pension scheme.

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