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When you recruit new staff you’ll find there’s lots of helpful advice and support available to help you get the job specification and description right, find the right candidates, hold interviews, take up references and make the eventual hiring decision. Whether you are employing someone for the first time or taking on extra staff, there is practical guidance and advice as well as financial assistance that you can tap into.

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Acas provides a series of step-by-step guides to recruiting a new member of staff, settling in a new employee, and writing a new employee’s contract.

The grants and funding available to employers for  apprenticeships and traineeships.

This government-backed service provides individual support for small businesses to recruit staff, including a helpline and aftercare.

Employers can reduce the amount of National Insurance contributions (NICs) they pay for their employees by up to £2,000.

This overview covers a range of recruitment issues, including employee checks, visas, rights and permits to work, and the services to employers provided by Jobcentre Plus.

The UK continues to welcome top global talent to work for British businesses, with sponsored visa applications for skilled workers up 16%. Find out more about what fields of work are covered.

Applying for a licence is straightforward and can be done online in 30 minutes. A helpline is available to provide support on 0300 123 4699 and there is a reduced application fee for small employers.

Post your jobs online free on one of Europe’s largest jobs boards to get a list of suitable jobseekers, automatically matched by CV and skills.

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