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Register as an employer

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Register as an employer

Once you’ve got an idea of the type of position you’re looking to fill, and have an understanding of your responsibilities, it’s time to register yourself as an employer. This may take time, so start the process as early as possible.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Register online with HMRC to get your employer pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) reference number – this can take up to five days. 

  • Make sure to register at least two weeks before you start paying your employees, but not too far out as you can’t register more than two months before the first payday.

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Understand employment law

The entire employment process is governed by certain laws, so understand them before you begin hiring. Speak with an employment lawyer for specific advice or check a government site to learn more about employment laws and how to comply with them.

The gov.uk page on employing people has some helpful guides on workplace laws.


Chapter 3: Write a job description

Want to write a job description that’ll attract the best candidates? We’ll show you how and give you ideas on getting the word out about your job opening.

Read chapter 3

This guide is intended as general information only. Always check with a professional for advice.

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