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Hire employees in the United Kingdom. No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in the United Kingdom, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
the United Kingdom also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in the United Kingdom quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
All the necessary benefits for the United Kingdom
built right in
Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in the United Kingdom within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.
- Employers Liability Insurance
- Professional Training
- State Pension Fund
- Unemployment Insurance
- Private Healthcare - Freedom (optional)
Our quickstart guide to hiring in the United Kingdom
Navigate the tabs below to learn everything you need to know about hiring an employee in the United Kingdom
Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum wage varies depending on the employee's age.
|Age||Minimum Wage GBP|
|18-20||1.049,6 per month|
|21-22||1.337,6 per month|
|23+||1.425,6 per month|
Individual Income Tax
The individual income tax ranges from 0% to 45%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. Multiple additional factors may impact overall rates such as the household status and the number of children.
|Gross Annual Income||Tax Rate (%)|
|Up to £12,570||0%|
|£12,571 - £50,270||20%|
|£50,271 and £150,000||40%|
There are slightly different tax rates and banding in Scotland, however, this is all taken care of by the tax authorities. Employees based from a Scottish address will have a slightly different tax code that will enable the correct taxation to be applied.
The employer cost is generally estimated at 18.55% of the employee salary.
- Employer National Insurance (Social Security) - 15.05%
- Workplace Pension - 3.00%
- Apprentice Levy Tax - 0.5%
- P&I Insurance - £20.00
Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours
Parents are entitled to 50 weeks of Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Both parents can decide how to distribute the time off. Either parent can take parental leave, the mother can only take parental leave once they have formally returned from maternity leave.
The first 37 weeks are paid at £151.97 a week or 90% of the employees' earnings, whichever is lower. The remaining 13 are unpaid.
In addition to the standard SPL, employees are also entitled to an additional 18 weeks of unpaid leave that can be used up until the child’s 18th birthday.
Terminations in the UK can be complex. There is no at-will termination in the UK for employers outside the probation period and termination must be done for just cause.
Compliant terminations include:
- Fair dismissal
- Unfair dismissal
- Constructive dismissal
- Wrongful dismissal
The minimum notice period is 1 week and will be increased according to the length of the employment.
- 1 week if the length of service is 1-2 years
- 1 week for every year of service on 2 - 12 years
- 12weeks if the length of services is 12+ years
Severance for Employees
In the UK, all employees who are terminated due to redundancy are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay is calculated as follows.
- 0.5 weeks pay for each year of service where the employee was below the age of 22
- 1 weeks pay for each year of service where the employee was between 22 to 40 of age
- 1.5 weeks pay for each year of employment where the employee was 41 and over
Paid Time Off
Full-time employees are entitled to 20 day of paid time off (PTO) a year plus an additional eight public holidays.
Please note, in the platform this is listed as 20 days of PTO and the employee will be entitled to an additional 8 days of public holiday on top of this.
PTO (Including public holidays) accrues at 5.6 weeks times the number of days a week the employee works.
The UK celebrates 8 national and regional holidays based on the location of the employee.
National public holidays include:
- New Year’s Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Early May Bank Holiday
- Spring Bank Holiday
- Summer Bank Holiday
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
Employment Contract Details
Contracts must be in English. They must be in writing and signed by both parties. A contract must include:
- Start date
- Length of the employment
- Job description
- Termination conditions
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