Updated: Nov 18
Before you can start paying your first employees, you need to keep a few things in mind. This article will explain how you can start employing staff in 5 simple steps.
Check if the employee has the Right to Work in the UK
Check if your applicants have the right to work in the UK by either checking the applicants’ original documents or their right to work online. Read this helpful guide about right to work checks that also deals with the law change in October 2022
Work out employment details
Before agreeing on a salary, you need to check what is the National Minimum Wage for your employee. After deciding the hire, you need to provide the following documents:
Written statement of employment particulars which points out the main conditions of the job.
Contract which includes the terms that legally binds you to your employee. Keep in mind that implied terms may also exist even if not expressively stated in the contract. (Read more on the risks of not providing an employment contract).
Add the employee to your payroll software using the correct tax information
Get the necessary employee information to set them up with the correct tax code and starter declaration on your payroll software – you can get this information from the employee’s P45. However, if the P45 is not recent or your employee does not have one, this information can be gathered from a starter checklist.
Work out your employee's tax code
When onboarding new employees on Zelt, Zelt automatically collects P45 and other starter information from them directly and sets them up correctly in your Zelt Payroll app.
Assess and enrol eligible employees in your workplace pension.
As an employer it is your responsibility to check if your employees should be enrolled in a Workplace Pension. You should check if your employee meets certain conditions and if they do, you will need to enrol them. See what are your duties if you are employing people for the first time here and if you already employ people here.
Optional: Get a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
In case you want to check the criminal record of your applicants to make a safer decision when recruiting, you can request a DBS check (cost starts at £23). Find more information about the types of checks you can ask for here. Note that you can accept a previous certificate if the applicant’s identity is the same and the check has the appropriate level and type of information for the new role. You also need to check if anything has changed in case the applicant requested an update.
What you need to have in place before you can run payroll
Registered your company with companies house: guide.
Created a Government Gateway: guide
Registered as an employer: guide
Added your PAYE account to your Government Gateway: guide
Set up an auto-enrolment workplace pension: guide