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Employing people for the first time


A short introduction to employing people for the first time...

Employing people for the first time

As you grow your business it is likely that you will encounter a time when you have more work than you can handle by yourself or when you might be looking to bring fresh ideas into your business.  Either way the additional responsibilities that employing staff brings can seem daunting.  Read our guide to help you navigate those first steps to staffing your business.

1) Consider the type of worker that you require
 Could the job be carried out by a part-time, freelance worker or an apprentice? Many functions can be outsourced without the need of making someone an employee such as bookkeeping and IT and taking on an apprentice can come with financial incentive through government support schemes.

2) Take time to write a clear, detailed job description and person specification
Getting this right at the start can save a great deal of time and expense later on. A good job description should contain a job title; duties; skills; reporting lines and salary. If set out comprehensively it should help to ensure that you only receive applications from those with suitable skills and experience. Remember that this document is vital after you have recruited as it is a means of measuring performance.

3) Read up on the basics

Read up on  the  National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage  and the basics on Equality and Diversity laws by reading the ACAS guide on the The Equality Act 2010   You are required to pay the minimum wage.  When writing job descriptions, person specifications and conducting interviews you must not discriminate.

4) Use your existing networks to advertise the post
Agencies can be expensive so try to advertise the post on your social media sites such as LinkedIn and through your personal and business connections. You can also advertise your vacancy on the government site Universal Jobmatch

 5) Ask someone else to join you when you interview
It’s a cliché, but when it comes to interviewing two heads really are better than one! Having another person assist you with interviewing allows for one of you to take notes whilst the other keeps the interview flowing and also helps with maintaining an objective viewpoint about the candidate


Source: Wenta