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Hiring Domestic Help

Once you have hired someone on your own, you have several legal obligations. You must first confirm that the person is legally able to work in the United Kingdom. Then, once hired, you will need to pay taxes on their wages.

If you are looking to hire some additional help to watch your children, clean, perform gardening tasks or cook—you have a lot of things to consider. In fact, if you wish to hire domestic help, you need to determine where to find assistance, what your insurance needs are and how to fulfil your legal obligations. Here is what you need to know:

Hire a Service Broker

  • Check references to verify the company’s reliability before hiring them.
  • Ask the company how they conduct disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks on the help they provide, if applicable.
  • Ask to see proof of insurance in case your property is damaged by their hired help.

Hire Help Through a Broker

  • Investigate the broker’s background and reputation.
  • Enquire about the fees charged to you for using the broker’s services.
  • Determine how the broker will work with you to find the necessary help that you need. Also, determine how the broker will work with you if the candidate they select is not a good fit for your family.
  • Determine how the broker screens its potential candidates.
  • Insist that candidates are individually interviewed, have their references checked and that their criminal and driving records are investigated.
  • Determine whether the candidate you choose is legally able to work in the United Kingdom.

Hire Help on Your Own

  • Place an advert in your local newspaper or ask family and friends for a recommendation.
  • Screen and interview all potential candidates and check references, DBS checks (if applicable) and driving records for all potential finalists.

For more information on determining your insurance and compliance needs, contact Sirelark Risk Services today.

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