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What you need to know when employing domestic staff PDF Print E-mail

When you employ domestic staff in the UK you become an employer and as such you take on a host of responsibilities. For instance, you have to draw up an employment contract with your employee within two months of their start date and you must give your employee a payslip every time they get paid.

It is a legal responsibility that you have employer’s liability insurance, and you must also make sure that you pay your employee at least the national minimum wage or above.

In addition you need to have a good understanding of the basics of employment law, because it’s surprisingly easy to make mistakes when you're juggling issues such as holiday entitlement, statutory sick pay, benefits in kind, statutory maternity pay and redundancy pay.

Stafftax has 20 years' experience in doing payroll for domestic employers, and our website is packed with essential information for new as well as experienced employers. Use the Stafftax website as a resource to familiarise yourself with all your legal obligations and don't hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

 

employment law

Employing European nationals

Most nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA) can enter and work in the UK without restrictions. You will need to ask nationals from all EEA countries to produce a document showing their nationality since their are specific restrictions for certain nationalities.

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employment costs

Always agree a gross wage with your employee

Employers often agree a net (i.e. take-home) wage with their employee, but in reality they are always paid a gross salary, with tax and National Insurance Contributions deducted and paid to HMRC on a quarterly basis by the employer. Although many domestic employers tend to look on this as an additional cost, it is actually part of the employee's gross wage.

If you agree a fixed net wage you are committing yourself to paying all of your employee’s income tax and NI to make up their gross wage, irrespective of their individual tax code or tax position.

Please also be aware that a gross wage is not the total cost to you as an employer. In addition to this you have to pay an Employer’s National Insurance Contribution, which is not part of the employee’s gross wage. This extra sum will be advised to you when we send your first payslip for your employee.