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// TECH TRENDS // geographical area so they can price the role to attract the right talent . Business owners will have to decide whether they pay a regular salary or an hourly wage and whether there will be performance-related pay or commission involved at all .

The ‘ cost of employment ’ refers to other financial obligations that come with having staff : pension contributions , National Insurance contributions , potential payroll costs and employee benefits . In the UK , there is an Employment Allowance , which allows eligible employers to claim up to £ 5,000 from HMRC to help cover the cost of Class 1 National Insurance contributions .
Create a full job description
In the hiring process , not only is an entrepreneur choosing the right person for them , but prospective employees need to choose the business too . It is important to advertise a full job description complete with duties involved , special requirements and pay rate and structure .
Having this job description will help founders to manage their staff once in place as they have a clear guide on what each role should be doing and achieving .
Develop a fair , non-discriminatory recruitment process
It is crucial that the process of looking for new employees is fair and doesn ’ t break any discrimination rules . The ACAS website explains what owners need to be aware of while hiring and details rules about who is recruited and how .
There can be no discrimination against applicants unless the job description has very specific requirements that justify it .
This may for instance include not interviewing someone with mobility issues if the work requires being in hard-to-reach places or only accepting applications from people with particular experience , qualifications or membership to a professional body .
Carry out work checks
It is an employer ’ s responsibility to ensure their employee can legally work in a particular role .
Checks should be carried out once the person to fill the job has been selected and it needs to be made clear that any employment offer is subject to these checks .

RECRUITMENT ISSUES WERE LISTED BY ALMOST ONE IN SIX ( 13 %) SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AS THEIR GREATEST CHALLENGE .
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