Hire in the United Kingdom in 3 easy steps

The United Kingdom is known for its rich history, cultural diversity, iconic landmarks, contributions to literature, and global influence in music and sports. It’s important to note that the country is also known for its educated and diverse workforce. Let us show you why and how you can hire and manage your remote team from the UK.

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Onboard your talent in the UK in 10 minutes

If you’re considering hiring your next candidate in the UK, you’ve landed in the right place. After helping hundreds of businesses onboard their remote hires, we have achieved excellent expertise in the country. Our team of experts and tech solutions will make this incredibly easy for you.

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Accelerated onboarding

Fast-track your talent onboarding while ensuring 100% compliance with local regulations

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Expense check

Identify taxable talent expenses easily. No more manual sorting & human errors. Get 100% protection from tax liabilities


Equipment management

Send laptops and other devices to your remote employees in the UK through our platform with just a few clicks

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Guidance & payroll management

Receive process support by an experienced team of experts & pay your talent on time and in their local currency

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Hire in the UK through an EOR

Easily onboard your remote talent in the UK through our Employer of Record (EOR) solution. Our subsidiaries and network partners make this process fast and 100% compliant.

A quick overview of the United Kingdom

Time zone


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Paid leave

28 days

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Minimum wage

£11.44 h

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Public holidays

09 days

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Payroll frequency


What makes the UK's talent great?

British professionals are known for their strong work ethic and dedication. This commitment to excellence often sets the stage for outstanding achievements. The UK's historical global reach has facilitated connections with people and ideas from around the world. This exposure to different cultures and perspectives has contributed to the breadth and depth of its talent.

Educational excellence & creativity

The UK is home to some of the world's top universities and educational institutions. These institutions provide rigorous education and training, nurturing a skilled workforce across various fields. British culture has a long history of innovation and creativity, from literature and arts to technology and sciences.

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Diversity and multiculturalism

The UK's talent pool benefits from its diverse population and multicultural heritage. This diversity fosters a range of perspectives, ideas, and approaches that enrich creative thinking and problem-solving.

Research and Development

The UK invests significantly in R&D across various sectors, contributing to breakthroughs and advancements that attract and nurture top-tier talent. The country also offers a supportive environment for talent, including funding opportunities, mentorship programs, and networking platforms.

Get more detailed info about the UK's hiring landscape

Basic facts

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is an island country that sits northwest of mainland Europe. It is made up of mainland Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland) and the northern part of the island of Ireland (Northern Ireland). It has numerous smaller islands. The UK is low-lying in the east with mountains in the north of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Services, particularly banking, insurance, and business services, are key drivers of GDP growth.



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Statutory holidays

The national holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2023.

Bank or public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave. Employers can choose to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory annual leave. A substitute holiday system applies for certain holidays falling during the weekend. The following Monday will normally be the substitute day.

Date Holiday Name
January 2 New Year’s Day
April 7 Good Friday
April 10 Easter Monday
May 1 Early May bank holiday
May 8 Bank holiday for the coronation of King Charles III
May 29 Spring bank holiday
August 28 Summer bank holiday
December 25 Boxing Day
December 26 Christmas Day

Contract sharing time

The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in the UK is 3 business days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal or external review, directly leading to a time delay.

What you need to know

Labour conditions

Leave / time off

The paid contributions to the National insurance tax depend on the employee’s category letter.

○ Most employees have a category letter A to which employers contribute 13.8% whilst employees contribute 12%.

○ Category letter X is used for employees who do not have to pay National Insurance (i.e employees under the age of 16 do not need to make contributions).

All employers must auto-enroll their workers in the new UK workplace pension scheme. The minimum contribution is 3% from the employer, and 5% from the worker. The actual contribution to be paid by the employer is dependent on the pension scheme chosen by them. Social security schemes in the UK include the following:

Social security scheme Benefits Entitlement
National Health Service (NHS) Sickness, unemployment, death of a partner, or retirement. Payment of National Insurance contributions.per month (€7,100 for East Germany)
National Health Service (NHS) National Health Service (NHS) Medical, dental, and optical treatment Free of charge only to people who live in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Child benefit and Child Tax Credit schemes Bringing up children Not applicable
Disabled persons or carers Taking care of the disabled Non-contributory
Employer-sponsored Maternity, paternity, and adoption Non-contributory

Health insurance

The National Health Service (NHS), the UK’s healthcare system, provides almost all healthcare for citizens and residents. This is covered by the government and National Insurance.

Accident insurance

In the UK, employers are obliged to grant mandatory life insurance and work accident insurance to employees. The policy must cover them for at least £5 million and come from an authorized insurer.

Unemployment insurance

In the UK, unemployment insurance is governed through the Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and funded by the National Insurance Contributions.

Public pension

In the UK, the default retirement age (forced retirement age of 65) no longer exists. Individuals can keep working after they reach the State Pension age. The law protects them against discrimination, e.g. if they apply for a new job, they do not have to provide their date of birth.

There is a state pension age, which is the earliest age an individual can start receiving their State Pension. It may be different from the age an individual can get a workplace or personal pension.

Other Statyutory Benefits

Work Pension

All employers must auto-enroll their employees in the new UK workplace pension scheme. The minimum contribution is 3% from the employer, and 5% from the employee.

If an employee dies following an accident at work or an occupational disease, a survivor’s pension is paid to the surviving spouse or civil partner.