When you employ household staff in the UK there are numerous issues that you must consider.  As a domestic employer, you have the same legal responsibilities as commercial employers.  But many domestic employers have little or no experience in this role and the prospect of having to deal with both complex and time-consuming legal obligations can be a source of great concern.

Established 20 years, Stafftax is the UK's original domestic payroll service and a valued and trusted name in thousands of UK households.  We can provide you with a comprehensive domestic staff payroll service and help transform the hassle of being an employer into peace of mind.

We act as your agent and we do everything for you, from setting up a PAYE scheme and calculating the correct tax and National Insurance payments, to making sure your employee's payslips are accurate.  When you subscribe to Stafftax you also receive unlimited support and advice on all pay and employment related issues:

As well as a payroll service, our annual Stafftax subscription also gives you unlimited access to our Legal Advice help-line and our legal team work closely with you and focus on finding a solution to your particular situations.  Once you have subscribed we recommend that you take advantage of our Members' Area where you can make changes to your details or those of your employee, send messages, make requests, and most importantly, download your payslips.

employment guide

Can domestic staff be self-employed?

"Can't I just ask my employee to sort out their own tax?" this is a question we're frequently asked by potential employers. Whether someone is employed or self-employed depends on the terms and conditions of their work. It is important for all employees to know their employment status as it affects employment and benefit rights, and how to pay tax and National Insurance Contributions.

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employment costs

Current rates and thresholds

Current tax thresholds
Your employer must register and deduct NI from your salary if you are paid £153 or more per week. Your employer must also register if you have another job, even if you are paid below the threshold.

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employment law

Make sure your employee is legally entitled to work in the UK

All UK employers are now required by law to make basic checks on every person they intend to employ in order to establish that they have a right to work in the UK and are here legally. You must not make assumptions based on the person's appearance or accent.

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