Hiring your first employee is a quite a big deal and can be both scary and exciting. You’re essentially handing over some of the responsibility of your business to a new person.

You’re also officially becoming an employer of your business, which definitely isn’t always an easy process at first.

But there are several steps you must take before welcoming a new person to your business.

Here we break down the ten boxes you must tick before setting someone on.

  1. Decide on how much you are going to pay someone – you must of course pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage.
  2. Carry out applicant checks – check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. You may also have to do employment checks too.
  3. Provide a statement of employment – you must send a written statement to anyone who will be working for you for a month or more. This document provides the employee with the conditions of employment, and must be provided within two months of starting work.
  4. Create a contract – you must provide your employee(s) with an employment contract which outlines their employee rights, responsibilities and working conditions. Find out more info on employment contracts here.
  5. Check if you need to apply for a DBS Check (formerly known as a CRB check).
  6. Get employment insurance – you need employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
  7. Register as an employer with HMRC – you can do this up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff.
  8. Check if you need to automatically enrol your staff into a workplace pension scheme – find out if your employee will be automatically enrolled via this handy GOV.UK tool.
  9. Inform yourself of holiday, sick pay, maternity/paternity rules. Take some time to familiarise yourself with the rules here.
  10. Keep in line with Health & Safety obligations. Find out more on the Health & Safety Executive site.

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