Unemployment shows marked rise

The number of people out of work in the UK climbed by 53,000 in the first quarter of the year.

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Employers need to be aware of PAYE late payment penalties

Businesses are being reminded that they may face a penalty charge if they are late in paying their PAYE deductions in full.

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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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