Employment & recruitment

On this page you can find a range of resources to guide you through the employment and recruitment process.

Guide to employing people - A government guide that provides a range of information about employing people and being an employer. 

Employer guide to using recruitment agencies - A government guide that provides information about using a recruitment agency to find staff.

HMRC guide for employers - A government guide that provides a range of information for employers.

ACAS guide for employers - ACAS provide information, advice, training, conciliation, and other services for employers and employees to help prevent and resolve workplace problems.

    Employing staff for the first time

    Taking on your first employee is a real milestone for any business. GOV.UK created a list of 7 points that business people need to think about when employing for the first time. 

    1. Decide how much to pay someone - you must pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage.
    2. Check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. You may have to do other employment checks as well.
    3. Check if you need to apply for a DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check) if you work in a field that requires one, for example working with vulnerable people or in security.
    4. Get employment insurance - you need employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
    5. Send details of the job (including terms and conditions) in writing to your employee. You need to give your employee a written statement of employment if you’re employing someone for more than 1 month.
    6. Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by registering as an employer - you can do this up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff.  
    7. Check if you need to automatically enroll your staff into a workplace pension scheme.

    Finding Staff

    When finding staff to recruit there are a few ways that you can try to find staff members, such as local and national newspapers, LinkedIn, agencies, and websites.

    Below is a list of websites that advertise jobs listings:


    Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity, improve product or service quality, increase staff morale and increase staff retention. You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. Visit the Employing an Apprentice webpages for more information.

    Farnborough College of Technology

    Farnborough College of Technology provide a number of support sessions for businesses.

    • Redundancy Support - If you have staff that are at risk from redundancy, Farnborough College of Technology can offer training and support to your staff.
    • Recruitment Support - Farnborough College of Technology are able to offer support with recruitment and training to support people get back to work, in roles your business needs.

    Graduates & students

    Graduates can be adaptable, bring new ideas, and have a higher work productivity, which can be beneficial to businesses. Below are some of the local universities that advertise graduate jobs, work experience, placements, volunteering and seasonal work.

    University of Portsmouth - In connection with the University of Portsmouth, Purple Door are able to help employers find the perfect candidate by advertising jobs, and getting you in touch with students and graduates from the University of Portsmouth.

    University of Reading - The University of Reading are delighted to work in partnership with organisations that are looking to recruit students and graduates.

    University of Southampton - By visiting the University of Southampton webpage employers are able to see how organisations can engage with students from the University of Southampton.

    University of Surrey - By visiting the University of Surrey webpage, employers are able to see how organisations can engage with students from the University of Surrey.

    AIESEC Internship Programme - Grow your organisation by accessing this dynamic & skilled youth network.

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