For small businesses and start-ups, taking additional members of staff is a big step. It brings added responsibility and cost, so it needs to be given a great deal of thought. Things to consider
- Decide how much to pay – you must pay your employees at least the national minimum wage
- Check if the candidate has the legal right to work in the UK and be aware you may have to do other employment checks as well.
- Apply for a DBS check (formally known as a CRB check) if you work in a field that requires one e.g. with vulnerable people or security.
- Get employment insurance – you need employers liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
- Send details of the job (including terms and conditions) in writing to your employee. You need to give your employee a written statement of employment if you are employing someone for more than one month.
- Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) by registering as an employer. You can do this up to 4-weeks before you pay your new staff.
- Encouraging applications from disabled people can be advantageous to your business as it can:
- Increase the number of high-quality applicants
- Develop a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of your clients
- Bring additional skills to your business
- The costs of accommodating disabled employees are often low.
Small Business employers can get £5000 from April 2022 by claiming this relief on National Insurance bills. Employment Allowance is for nearly all employers that pay Class One National Insurance contributions on their employees’ and directors’ earnings. This includes businesses and charities.
- website: Employment Allowance
The Disability Confidence Scheme
This scheme encourages employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain, and develop disabled people. By signing up to this it shows your company is an equal opportunity employer attracting more talent and increasing diversity.
- email: Suzanne Hart, Employer Relations Lead - email@example.com
- website: Disability Confident Scheme
Futures free database search
If you’re looking to recruit but are struggling to find the right people, Futures may be able to help. They can identify if there are any suitably skilled and available local people from their talent pool to meet your needs. Futures work across Nottinghamshire, their service is free and so before you go to a recruitment company and think about spending money to build your workforce, drop them an email and see what they can do.
- email: Fiona Robinson, Stakeholder Engagement Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
- website: Futures – working locally to fill your recruitment needs
Another way to recruit staff is by placing your vacancies on this new web platform from Nottinghamshire Country Council. It targets individuals across the county and helps businesses and training providers to showcase courses, apprenticeships and jobs.
Carers in Employment Initiative
This is a free scheme which supports Nottinghamshire organisations and works closely with your HR teams and senior managers to help retain staff who, due to their unpaid caring responsibilities, maybe at risk of leaving the workforce, and they can also help you to recruit more unpaid carers into employment. If you would like to see how this scheme can add value to your recruitment and productivity targets, then please contact Jayne Davies, Employer Engagement Worker.
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
If you are looking to employ people, then it’s useful to speak to the local DWP / Job Centre engagement team. They can tell you about any available grants and help you to advertise so that you can find the right people to fill your vacancies as quickly as possible.
- email: Suzanne Hart, Employer Relations Lead, (Ashfield) - email@example.com
- email: Doreen Campbell-Smith, (Hucknall & Bulwell Areas only) Employer Relations Lead - firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Jobs Fairs
Most local authorities will run local jobs fairs and are happy for businesses to express their interest to attend these. This is free, so if you would like to find out what your local authority has planned then contact their business support teams – see Council Services page for how to contact the team here.
Upcoming Job Fairs
- 9 June 2022: Graduate Jobs Festival at Nottingham University
- TBC - July 2022: Coming Soon, Careers Fair at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Leisure Centre
- 15 July 2022: Nottingham Jobs Fair at Motorpoint Arena, Meadow Lane Stadium, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ
- 17 August 2022: Nottingham Careers Fair at Albert Hall, N Circus St, Nottingham, NG1 5AA
- 24 September 2022: Healthcare Job Fair, 10am to 4pm, The NEC, Birmingham
- TBC - October 2022: Coming Soon, Careers Fair at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Leisure Centre
- 21 October 2022: Nottingham Jobs Fair at Motorpoint Arena, Meadow Lane Stadium, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ
- 28 October 2022: Jobs Fair 10am at Sutton in Ashfield Outdoor Market
You can also find Job fairs and careers events across the UK using the UK Career Fair platform.
Help with redundancies
Skills Support for Redundancy
This initiative is designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy. It is a tailored service and offers support, with a dedicated Partnership Co-ordinator who will work with all parties to identify the best sources of support to help to enable staff to move into new jobs.
Rapid Response Service
If you must make redundancies, Job Centre Plus can give you and your employees support and advice through their Rapid Response Service.
- email: email@example.com
- include your contact details, the town(s) your business is based in (including postcodes), and the location(s) of the redundancies
- email: Suzanne Hart, the DWP Employer Relations Lead for Ashfield - firstname.lastname@example.org
- website: Rapid Response Service
Help and Support Email Service
If you would like to stay informed and receive regular updates from HRMC you can register online and manage specific topic subscriptions. HRMC also have an Employer Bulletin which is bi-monthly magazine for employers and agents which provides up-to-date information on payroll topics.
- website: HMRC Services: Sign in or Register