Responsibilities

Employing a domestic worker in your home involves certain responsibilities. According to UK law, as an employer, you will have to make sure that your employees receive the following:

  • A written statement of the terms and conditions of employment at a minimum. This must be agreed and signed by both the employer and employee and both should have a copy. Please click here for further information
  • Clear hours of work and of rest and agreements about compensation for any overtime work.
  • A statutory minimum of 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year including bank holidays.
  • Regular payslips, detailing deductions for Tax and NI. For help with this contact the Inland Revenue New Employers helpline on 0300 200 3211. It is your responsibility as an employer to ensure you register yourself as an employer and pay tax and National Insurance contributions on behalf of your domestic worker.
  • If your employee is expected to live in your house, they must be provided with their own room for which you can only deduct a maximum of £35.56 per week (from Oct 2014) against the National Minimum Wage.
  • An hourly salary which is equal to or above the National Minimum Wage of £6.50 per hour (from Oct 2014)
  • You will also be responsible for sick pay and maternity pay.

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