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United Kingdom Payroll Guide

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6 April - 5 April

Hiring in the United Kingdom

We're here to assist with all your Payroll and HR requirements in the United Kingdom, whether you’re looking for services in London, Manchester or elsewhere.

Employer Responsibilities

In the UK, the following must be adhered to under strict local legislation:

  • Monthly PAYE Returns
  • Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Health & Safety Compliance
  • Complex HR Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

How does payroll work in the United Kingdom?

In the UK, employees are generally salaried and paid on a monthly basis. All pay data is submitted via RTI (Real Time Information) to HMRC monthly, to ensure the local government maintains records on pay data. It is crucial to ensure correct and timely submission of this information, otherwise, penalties and fines can be incurred.

What are the regulations around sick leave?

When an employee is sick for up to seven days, they can self-certify with no need for a doctor’s note. After seven days, a doctor’s note is required for leave to continue. After 4 days of sickness, an employee can be entitled to SSP (Statutory Sick Pay). There are many factors that dictate whether you can remain on SSP and for how long. Your PeoplePay Global dedicated specialist can advise you.

What about dismissing an employee?

Employment rights are very strict in the UK. We suggest speaking to one of our Employment Law Advisors before taking any action, in order to ensure you remain compliant. Employees can be entitled to a substantial sum depending on the type of dismissal.

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PeoplePay Global are here to assist with all your Payroll and HR requirements in United Kingdom.

In-Country Employment Contracts

Creation of locally-compliant UK employment agreements, ensuring you and your employees are protected in-country. Our experts in the United Kingdom will create your bespoke agreement.

Payroll Processing

With global knowledge and local proficiency, we provide a fully-managed payroll solution that handles all the complex tasks, leaving you to focus on your business.

Tax and Labor Law

the United Kingdom’s complex legislation can be daunting. Our in-country specialists are an extended member of your team, steering you safely through tax and labor law.

Regulatory Compliance

Our in-country professionals provide a wealth of experience and expertise in Payroll & HR compliance, ensuring your venture complies with ever-changing legislation.

Start-Up Implementation

We’ll ensure you’re operational promptly in accordance with local law, advising on the best route for your business, whether it’s via a legal entity or foreign registration.

Declarations and Audits

Our local specialists will manage and submit annual declarations on your behalf, guaranteeing accurate and prompt reporting to the authorities and also providing support for audits.
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