At a glance: HMRC list seven things you need to do when employing staff for the first time.

  1. Check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. You may have to do other employment checks as well.
  2. Apply for a DBS check, formerly known as a CRB check if you work in a field that requires one e.g. with vulnerable people or security.
  3. Get employment insurance. You need employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
  4. Decide how much to pay someone. You must pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage.
  5. 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’re employing someone for more than one month.
  6. Tell HMRC by registering as an employer. You can do this up to four weeks before you pay your new staff.  
  7. Check if you need to automatically enrol any of your employees into a workplace pension scheme.