Once you’ve checked your business can afford to begin employing staff, decided on what type of worker would suit your business and checked the workplace is safe and accessible. Before you can hire you must:
Register with HMRC
Register as an employer with HMRC and set up a PAYE scheme so that you can pay tax and national insurance for your staff. You can register with HMRC as an employer up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff or subcontractors (for construction work).
If you have chosen to run the company payroll yourself then you should ensure adequate payroll software which will report to HMRC. You can find more information on payroll software at: https://www.gov.uk/payroll-software/free-software
Auto enrolment Pensions
As well as keeping up-to date with the latest pay rates and regulations you will also need to ensure you comply with the Auto-enrolment pension criteria. Auto enrolment duties apply from the day your first staff member starts working for you. Further information came be found at the Pension Regulator
Employers’ Liability insurance
Employers’ Liability insurance will help to pay any compensation if an employee is injured or becomes unwell due to the work they carry out for you. You must take out Employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer, the policy should be from an authorised insurer and cover you for at least £5 million.
Once these are in place you are ready to begin hiring staff!
If you would like further advice, contact AJR & Co Ltd to arrange a free 30 minute consultation.