Things to do when hire an employee

When you hire an employee in the UK, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Verify the employee's right to work in the UK. You will need to check and keep copies of documents such as passport or residence permit.
  2. Register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as an employer. This is necessary to set up a payroll and pay your employees.
  3. Set up a payroll system. This includes calculating and deducting income tax and National Insurance contributions.
  4. Provide a written contract of employment. This should include details such as working hours, pay, and notice periods.
  5. Comply with UK health and safety laws. You have a legal responsibility to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of your employees.
  6. Follow UK employment laws and regulations. This includes laws related to discrimination, working time, and the National Minimum Wage.
  7. Enroll employees in a workplace pension scheme. Since 2018, employers are required to automatically enroll eligible workers into a pension scheme and make contributions to it.
  8. Register for Auto-enrollment with the Pensions Regulator.

By following these steps, you will be ensuring compliance with UK regulations and providing your employees with the necessary legal protections and benefits.