Becoming an employer for the first time


If you're running a business and you want to expand, you'll need to consider the best options for meeting your new needs.

These could include outsourcing or training existing staff, or taking on new staff.

Taking on staff

Taking on people whichever way you choose to do it, will always mean some form of investment for your business.

It's equally important to remember that taking this investment seriously can make it more valuable.

If you decide to take on new staff, or replace someone who has left, this guide will help you understand:

  • the different ways of taking on people to work for you, and
  • how to choose the ones that best meet your needs

If you are taking on your first employee you will need to register as an employer with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

You can find a 6 point check list about employing staff for the first time at GOV.UK: Employing staff.

Information for employers including filing annual returns, PAYE and NIC payments can be found at HMRC: Employers.