Part-time employees

Many smaller businesses choose to employ staff on a part-time basis. This often has the advantage of controlling costs when there is no need for a full-time worker and of adding flexibility to the running of the business.

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Workplace pensions

Auto enrolment makes it easier for people to save money for their retirement. It means that every employer must automatically enrol eligible staff into a qualifying pension scheme.

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Maternity and paternity leave

Any female employee who becomes pregnant can take 52 weeks of statutory maternity leave.

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Holidays form an important part of the working year: important for employees because they give them the chance to recharge batteries

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Recruitment remains strong

Both permanent and temporary staff appointments rose during April, a new report has revealed.

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Employers get reminder on electronic filing

Firms are being reminded that they are now required to file their PAYE returns – forms P14 and P35 – online by 19 May.

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Private sector firms set to take up employment slack

Private sector firms will begin a recruitment drive during the summer that should calm worries that the recovery will create fewer than hoped for jobs.

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Business tax breaks needed to fund skills investment

The economic recovery could be undermined if insufficient investment is made in boosting the skills of UK workforces.

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HMRC helplines mired by tax code enquiries

The number of people ringing HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about incorrect PAYE tax codings has meant that many callers are having to wait on hold for considerable periods.

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