A free online toolkit has been launched to guide employers through the process of hiring their first member of staff.
The toolkit, released on April 15 by Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson, aims to help potential employers though the hiring process and includes information on setting pay, getting the right insurance, understanding tax requirements and checking a new employee’s right to work in the UK.
Government figures reveal that around 300,000 employers look to take on staff each year. The online guide aims to create the right conditions for these businesses to start up and thrive.
Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson said:
For some businesses there is a perception that hiring for the first time is a daunting process. This is especially the case if you are the owner of a small business and do not have your own HR staff.
“Our toolkit is a valuable one-stop-shop that provides businesses with free access to everything they need to know about taking someone on. Making sure businesses feel confident about growing will help to build a stronger economy and create more jobs.”
This toolkit is an updated version of the 'Taking on an Employee' guide, launched on the Business Link website in April 2012, in response to a government spotlight on employment law in October 2011.
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