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Practical information United Kingdom


Foreign workers:

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
  • Taxes
  • 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: Information about:
HMRC -Businessess & Corporations Tax Authority
HMRC – Import and Export Import & Export
Government Government
Inland Revenue Government
Business Link General
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
Startups General
The Pensions Regulator Pension


For the exact information regarding inflation in the United Kingom please refer to the official site of the British government, click here


Year Gross salary per hour in £
April 2021 8.91
April 2020 8.74
April 2019 8.21
April 2018 – March 2019 7.83
April 2017 – March 2018 7.50
October 2016 – March 2017 7.20

For more information regarding the minimum wage of the United Kingdom we refer you to the official site of the British government << >>


2021 2022
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.


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2019-2020 2020-2021
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.