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 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

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.

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employment law

A step-by-step guide to make sure your employee can work in the UK

When you consider employing someone you must carry out basic document checks to ensure the person is entitled to work in the UK. Nannytax has put together a guide to help you with this process.

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