Employing People

Recruiting and hiring

Advertise a job, discrimination law and apprenticeships.

Please click on the links below for more information on each topic.

Advertise a job with Universal Jobmatch

Employers can use Universal Jobmatch to advertise jobs online and automatically match them to suitable jobseekers


ow to become an apprentice – qualifications, pay and training, take on an apprentice, funding, employer grants

Employing staff for the first time

The main things you need to consider when employing people for the first time or if you’ve never hired an employee before

Jobcentre Plus help for recruiters

Support from Jobcentre Plus if you’re recruiting – including work trials, wage incentives, recruitment advice, Youth Contract, Work Choice and other employment schemes

Access to Work

Access to Work is money to help you do your job if you have a disability or health condition – eligibility, how to apply

Apply for a sponsor licence

Apply for a sponsor licence so you can sponsor foreign workers or students to come and work or study in the UK

Check an employee’s right to work documents

Make sure an employee can work in the UK – check they have the right documents and make sure you’re not prosecuted for employing an illegal worker

Check if someone can work in the UK

Find out if a potential employee has the right to work in the UK and what documents employers should check

Checks employers can make on job applicants

Checks employers might need to run on job applicants, including right to work in the UK, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS – formerly CRB) checks and health checks

Employers’ liability insurance

Your insurance must cover you for at least £5 million – check authorised insurers and how you can be fined

Employers’ responsibilities: equality monitoring

Employers’ responsibilities for diversity monitoring: gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability balance in the workplace – including data protection

Employers: preventing discrimination

Discrimination policy and equal opportunities in the workplace – sex discrimination, disabled workers, older people, compulsory retirement

Employment rights and pay for interns

Rights for interns and students in the workplace; work experience; work placements; rights to the National Minimum Wage

Ex-offenders and employment

The law on criminal records and employment, including spent convictions, rehabilitation and exceptions for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS – formerly CRB) checks

National minimum wage: accommodation

Accommodation and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) including what is meant by ‘accommodation’ and the NMW offset rate

Penalties for employing illegal workers

You can be fined £10,000 for employing an illegal worker – find out what happens and what you can do

Reasonable adjustments for disabled workers

Employers must make reasonable adjustments to make sure disabled workers aren’t seriously disadvantaged when doing their jobs

Recruitment and disabled people

Avoiding discrimination against disabled people in recruitment – advertising the job, encouraging applications, reasonable adjustments, work choice programme

The National Minimum Wage

Who is entitled to minimum wage – NMW current rates and penalties if employers don’t pay it

Using a recruitment agency to find staff

Employers’ responsibilities when using agencies to find staff, including health and safety, access to facilities, vacancies, continuous employment, transfer fees and complaints.

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