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Employing Staff

Welcome to our knowledge hub guide on employing staff! Whether you’re a small business owner, a manager at a large corporation, or someone considering starting their own venture, the process of employing staff is a significant milestone in your journey. It’s not just about filling positions; it’s about building a team that drives your organisation’s success. After all, your employees are always your biggest asset. 

This page serves as an introduction to the complex and rewarding world of employing staff. Here, we’ll provide you with an overview of the key aspects and considerations involved in bringing talented individuals on board to help your business thrive.

Contracts of Employment

Each and every employee must receive a statement of terms which sets out their terms and conditions from day one. This is to be followed by a contract of employment which may contain a suite of policies and procedures that set out your work practices so that any new staff member knows what to expect from the outset. 

At HR:4UK, we boast a wealth of experience in creating contracts of employment, staff handbooks and key employment terms. We can help you fulfil all legal requirements, and even update them in real time when legislation changes courtesy of our cloud-based HR software.  This is to ensure that you’re always kept up-to-date and compliant, whatever the weather. Read more about Contracts of Employment.

Recruitment and Advertising

Investing in the right talent is one of the most integral parts of maintaining a successful business. To do so successfully requires a robust, streamlined employment recruitment strategy that makes your company stand out. At HR:4UK, we can help you attract the highly-motivated, skilled and experienced staff members to make your business thrive. 

Planning and preparation is crucial. As is knowing which avenues you should explore, be they print or online. Our unrivalled expertise will enable you to get the best for your business. Read more about Recruitment and Advertising.

National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage

An all-important aspect of employing staff is ensuring that your organisation adheres to the strict laws surrounding national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW). Failure to do so can result in harsh penalties, both financial and reputational. 

Thankfully, HR:4UK are on hand to help you navigate through these tricky waters. Our comprehensive guide is designed to guarantee that you stay firmly on the right side of the law and avoid penalties, prosecution and employment tribunal. Read more about National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage.

Varying Terms and Conditions

In today’s ever-shifting world, businesses need to evolve in order to succeed. In order to do so effectively, it’s essential that your terms and conditions of employment update in accordance with the times. 

Adjustments to working patterns, additional responsibilities or even reductions in pay may be necessary to help your business stay afloat. However, changing your terms is no easy task, and must be done so in line with current legislation and the consent of your employees. Our knowledge hub resources are there to steer you through this complex area. Read more about Varying Terms and Conditions.

Apprenticeship Levy

Apprenticeship training can be an incredible investment. The stars of tomorrow are the apprentices of today, and we’re here to help you get the best of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy tax initiative. 

Introduced in 2017, it requires all employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million to invest 0.5% of said bill into apprenticeship training. This scheme presents a considerable opportunity, as the government will also provide up to 95% of the training costs in certain circumstances. With it, you can invest and develop your workforce, and address gaps in your business in a unique way. Read more about Apprenticeship Levy.

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