Employing People

Employing People in Start-Ups

If you’re employing someone for the first time you may be unsure about whether they’re eligible to work for you, how much to pay them, or what should be included in their employment contract.

There’s no need to worry though, as we can guide you through all the steps to make sure your new staff are enrolled smoothly and to the correct employment regulations.

Simply call us on 01905 677 888 to speak to one of our Business Engagement Team.

Your First-Time Hiring Checklist

To help you get everything you need to employ the right candidate, we’ve listed the key hiring considerations for a start-up business:


Salary or wages

How much will you pay your employee? To give you an idea, look at the current salary levels for your industry. Don’t forget about the National Minimum Wage and you’ll also need to check if the National Living Wage applies. For advice please contact the Worcestershire Business Central team here.

Right to work

Does your candidate have the legal right to work in the UK? It may also be required that you carry out additional employment checks as well, such as a DBS criminal record check.

Employment insurance

When you become an employer you will need to get Employers’ Liability (EL) Insurance. Being insured will help to cover the costs if an employee falls ill or is injured because of the work they do for you. Your policy should provide cover for at least £5 million from an authorised insurer.

Statement of employment

You must give employees a ‘written statement of employment particulars’ if their contract with you lasts one month or more. Give this to your employee within the first two months of their starting and ensure you include the main conditions of employment.

To find out what your written statement should include, you can ask one of our advisers and we’d be happy to help.


HM Revenue & Customs

If you employ someone – even if it’s only yourself – you’ll usually need to register as an employer with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Registration can be done online; however, it may take up to two weeks so make sure you’re prepared.

Pay statement

You’ll need to give your staff – and yourself if you are employed by your company – a pay statement showing any deductions that have been made. Your staff may also qualify for a workplace pension automatic enrolment.

Need more information?

Our checklist above covers the key areas to consider when employing someone for your start-up business. If you’d like further information about employing staff, visit the Employment and Training section of our website, or contact us today for help with any specific questions you may have.

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