We are on the brink of hiring our first staff member in the UK.
We know there is a lot of paperwork to be done, but have no idea what that paperwork is and which things are crucial and which are just recommended.
I am looking for a checklist for UK-based businesses with essential tasks to be completed before and during the hiring process.
There are two main options for hiring staff in the UK - full-time employee and freelance.
To hire someone as a full-time employee, you need to register with the tax office (www.hmrc.gov.uk ) so that you can create a PAYE scheme for tax, national insurance, etc. You also have to think about various other regulations, such as minimum wage, working time directive, data protection, student loans, tax credits, Employer's Liability insurance, holiday pay, etc, etc. An accountant can do all this for you, for a fee, or you can do it yourself. The government websites and contact centres are generally very good. I always take care of this stuff myself, so I know what is happening, but YMMV.
The other alternative is to hire someone on a freelance basis, where they have a Limited company and it is a B2B relationship, so you don't have to worry about any of the employment responsibilities.