Practical information United Kingdom
What you need to know about employment in the United Kingdom
Employers are expected to be fully aware of and apply human resources legislation and regulations. This is not always possible, especially when employees are stationed abroad. In that case, you must be able to count on a solid partner who has all the knowledge in-house. At Interfisc, we take care of your employees across the border, allowing you to fully focus on your core business.
Local employees in the United Kingdom, with or without a registered place of business
In several countries, it is possible to offer your products or services through a local employee without the need to have your own registered office there for this purpose. This can, however, often be subject to certain restrictions as to the nature of your activities as a foreign company without a registered office in the country in question.
Please also note that, in principle, British social security will apply to your employees residing in the United Kingdom, whether they work exclusively or partially in that country. In addition, British tax regulations will apply to the income they earn in the United Kingdom and you will be obliged to observe British employment law.
Payroll costs in the United Kingdom
One of the first questions you could be confronted with before taking on an employee in the United Kingdom, is the high level of payroll costs in the country.
In our factsheet Personnel in the United Kingdom, available for downloading below, you will find an overview of the employee benefits package that is customary in the United Kingdom and the associated costs, calculated on an annual basis.
The cost overview gives an insight into the terms and conditions of employment that are customary in the United Kingdom, based on which you can decide whether it is worth having an employee in the United Kingdom. As soon as you make this decision, we will be happy to help you make a suitable offer for your employee, so you will be well prepared for negotiating with your employee.
Additional employer obligations in the United Kingdom
In view of the complexity and, possibly, inadequate internal knowledge of British legislation in your organisation, we recommend that you do not limit yourself to reviewing the financial side! Our factsheets provide a detailed explanation of the sections that make up the cost overview. We also give an overall picture of the British rules concerning:
- Employment law
- Social security
- Employee benefits
- Health & well-being
Download our factsheet Personnel in the United Kingdom, with information on regulations, payroll costs, employer insurance and payroll accounting in the United Kingdom!
OFFICIAL BODIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
|Official bodies:||Information about:|
|HMRC -Businessess & Corporations||Tax Authority|
|HMRC – Import and Export||Import & Export|
|Department of Social Security||Government|
|Department for International Trade||Trade & Investment|
|UK Governement – Investment||Foreign investments|
|UK Border Agency Home Office||Residing & working in the UK|
|British Chambers of Commerce||Chamber of Commerce|
|The Pensions Regulator||Pension|
STATUTORY MINIMUM WAGES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM for employees aged 23 or older
For more information regarding the minimum wage of the United Kingdom we refer you to the official site of the British government << www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates >>
NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
|New Year’s Day||01-01-2021 (Friday)||01-01-2022 (Saturday)|
|Good Friday||02-04-2021 (Friday)||15-04-2022 (Friday)|
|Easter||04-04-2021 (Sunday)||18-04-2022 (Sunday)|
|Easter Monday||13-04-2021 (Monday)||05-04-2022 (Monday)|
|Bank Holiday (May)||03-05-2021 (Monday)||02-05-2022 (Monday)|
|Bank Holiday (Spring)||31-05-2021 (Monday)||30-05-2022 (Monday)|
|Bank Holiday (Summer)||30-08-2021 (Monday)||29-08-2022 (Monday)|
|Christmas Day||25-12-2021 (Saturday)||25-12-2022 (Sunday)|
|Boxing Day||26-12-2021 (Sunday)||26-12-2022 (Monday)|
NB1 Bank Holidays are public holidays in the United Kingdom. Banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Bank holiday’s are yearly fixed on: first & last Monday in May and last Monday in August.
NB2 In the United Kingdom, a day off in lieu is always granted (recuperation or substitute day). This day cannot be freely taken by the employee, but is moved to the next working day(s). This does not apply for Easter Sunday, as this always falls on a Sunday.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
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|Christmas||23.12.2019 – 03.01.2020||21.12.2020 – 01.01.2021|
|Spring||17.02.2020 – 28.02.2020||15.02.2021 – 19.02.2021|
|Easter||06.04.2020 – 17.04.2020||29.03.2021 – 09.04.2021|
|May||25.05.2020 – 29.05.2020||31.05.2021 – 04.05.2021|
|Summer||15.07.2020 – 01.09.2020||23.07.2021 – 30.08.2021|
|Autumn||19.10.2020 – 30.10.2020||18.10.2021 – 22.10.2021|
The United Kingdom does not have a holiday spread nor compulsory holiday dates. The issued dates therefore are to be used purely as guidelines. The school holidays in the United Kingdom are not centrally controlled, but are submitted by the municipalities and schools. The British Government has started a website for England, with which the holiday dates of the individual schools can be obtained. School holidays for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should directly be obtained from the respective local governments. Once again, the abovementioned dates should purely be used as guidelines.