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  • Writer's pictureJai Popat

4 things you may want to consider when recruiting for your first employee

Hiring employees for your business is a sign of growth and something that should be celebrated. However, it can be a discouraging process. You must therefore be prepared to ensure that you have made a good decision and hire the right people.

1) Know what you want

Before you sit down and write a job specification, ensure you know what you are looking for in a new hire. It’s not just about thinking what they can do for you now. To set the right foundation of successful future growth, small business owners should think long term.

2) Culture

Take some time to think about what you would like your company culture to look like. The impact one person can have on the overall culture of a company is much bigger than a business with hundreds of people. If a new employee, no matter how talented doesn’t share your company culture or values, it will cause severe disruption and productivity problems.

3) Getting started

Majority of small businesses do not have a large budget to hire an internal recruitment workforce and may invest in job board/job site or work with a recruitment agent.

What’s the difference?

A job board/jobsite will usually charge a reasonable set price to promote your position on various websites and social channels. Depending on the position, you may or may not receive high volumes of CVs.

A Recruiter will typically charge a % of a set salary. They will learn and understand what you are looking for and manage the recruitment process for you. A good recruiter will present around 3 profiles that will match your job specification.

Either option has been successful for new small business owners and it all depends on how much time and budget you have.

4) Legal stuff

You need to consider several things when hiring, especially the legal requirements. Some business owners find this more daunting then the actual recruiting. Do not worry as there are many sources online that can help you with all requirements listed below. In addition, there are many experienced independent consultants that can assist you with this process at a reasonable cost.

  • National Minimum Wage

  • Legal Right to work

  • DBS Checks – If required

  • Employers Liability Insurance

  • Health and safety Obligations

  • Employee Contracts

  • HMRC update as an employer

  • Payroll and Pensions

  • Familiarise yourself with legal legislations towards employee rights.

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