When your business is ready to take on staff you should be aware of insurance, employment contracts, pay rates, pensions, health and safety and PAYE.
When your business is ready to take on its first employee you may need to register with HMRC as an employer. You will also be responsible for insurance, employment contracts, pay rates, pensions, health and safety, PAYE.
HMRC provides an online tool to help you work out if you need to register:
GOV.UK – Register as an employer (external website)
You can find guidance on what your responsibilities will include as an employer via the resources below:
GOV.UK - National minimum wage (external website)
GOV.UK - Workplace pensions (external website)
ACAS - Contracts of employment (external website)
ACAS - Health and safety (external website)
ACAS - recruitment selection factsheet (external pdf opens in new window)
ACAS - guide for new employers (external pdf opens in new window)
Information Commissioner's Office - Employment (external website)
The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (as amended), requires all employers to pay workers at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW). You can find up to date information on the GOV.uk website:
GOV.uk - National minimum wage rates (external website)
You can find out about workplace pensions on the GOV.uk website:
GOV.uk - Workplace pensions (external website)
Please note; it is your responsibility as an employer to automatically enrol your employee(s) into a workplace pension scheme if they:
The Pensions Regulator - Detailed guidance for employers (external pdf opens in new window)
There are a number of ways that East Riding Council can help you.
Visit our section on apprentices to learn more about how the council can help.
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.
Apprentices can be new or current employees.
You can read more about apprentices on the apprenticeships website:
Apprenticeships - Employer (external website)