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With 25 years of helping new employers, we at Stafftax are your one-stop advice centre for everything employment related. Becoming an employer requires a certain amount of administration besides payroll, so we have devised a first time employer checklist to help you.

If you like, complete this online Employer Checklist and we will go through it with you as part of the subscription process and help you fill in any gaps to make sure you have got everything in place as an employer.

If you do not need our service but would like to check that you are on the right tracks, use our downloadable Employer Checklist list here or read on...

Employer Checklist

1.  Set a salary - decide how much you will pay your employee. You should set a gross salary to protect your costs (see Gross v Net for why to set a gross salary). Gross is the net (take-home) pay plus tax and employee's National Insurance. 

2. Know your total costs  your total costs will be the gross salary plus employer's National Insurance. 

3.  Holiday – decide how much annual leave you will give your employee. The statutory minimum for a full time employee is 5.6 weeks per year including bank holidays (28 days for a 5-day week) see here for details.

4. Check your employee is entitled to work in the UK – see here for the checks you are required to make.

5.  Employment Contract – you are required by law to have one in place within eight weeks of your employee's start date. Stafftax will provide this for all customers.

6.  Insurance – you are reqired by law to have Employers' Liability Insurance in case your employee has an accident at work.  

7.  Pension – recent legislation requires that all qualifying employees must be provided with an 'Auto Enrolment' Workplace Pension. This is something Stafftax can do for you. See here for details.

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