Employment Support Guiding Principles

Visionary shares its Guiding Principles for employment support following the success of a pilot employment project delivered by partner, Thomas Pocklington Trust.
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Business Gender Equality

Close the gap has launched itsThink Business, Think Equality self-assessment tool, online. This tool is for small and medium businesses who want to find out how their business can benefit from improved gender diversity.
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Find your local business gateway office

Starting and running a business is hard work but you don’t need to do everything yourself. Find out how your local Business Gateway office can provide you with the support you need.
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Project Management

Whether you have a large programof work with many elements or one specific project, robust project planning is essential to ensure that you deliver the work on time, within budget and that you produce the intended outcomes.
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Automatic Enrolment

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the pensions act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheem and contribute towards it. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’
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National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

You must be at least:

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2016.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
October 2016 (current rate) £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40

National Minimum Wage rates change every October. National Living Wage rates change every April.


PAYE is required in the United Kingdom on all payments of salary or other compensation, although payments aren’t made if the compensation is not expected to reachNational InsuranceLower Income Level (¬£10,000 per year for 2014-2015). The amount of PAYE is determined by the employer based on thetax codeand National Insurance category. The tax code is determined byHM Revenue and Customs(HMRC) based on the employee’s expected tax allowances, exemptions and reliefs for the full tax year, and partly by the employee’s expected other income. Published tables apply the tax code to determine the amount of tax to be deducted from the salary or wage paid to the employee.The employer is responsible for sending the tax on to HMRC each month.

PAYE is applied tosick pay,maternity pay,directors’fees and pensions (but not thestate pension), as well as wages and salaries. Because the tax code reflects other income (including the state pension), the PAYE system typically results in the correct amount of tax being paid on all the income of a taxpayer, making atax returnredundant. However, if the taxpayer’s affairs are complicated, a tax return may be required to determine the amount of tax payable or refundable.

Employment allowance

Employers can reduce the amount ofNational Insurance contributions(NICs) they pay for their employees by up to ¬£2,000. This is called the ‚ÄòEmployment Allowance’.

Employment Allowance can be claimed from 6 April 2014.

You won’t have to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all if you usually pay less than ¬£2,000 a year.

Up to 1.25 million businesses and charities will benefit from Employment Allowance. Around 450,000 businesses and charities won’t have to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all.

Statutory sick pay

You can get¬£88.45per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

You need toqualifyforSSPand have been off work sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days).

You can’t get less than the statutory amount. You can get more if your company has a sick pay scheme (or ‚Äòoccupational scheme’) – check your employment contract.

Health & safety poster and leaflets

6 April 2014: End of the transition period during which the pre-2009 health & safety poster and leaflets (the ones without photographs) could still be used. From 6 April, only the 2009 versions are lawful.

See www.sandy-a.co.uk/activities.htm#h&sposter

Department for Work and Pensions

The current DWP Team in Government:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-ministerial-team-at-the-department-for-work-and-pensions

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