HR in the UK
What are the regular working hours in the UK?
The maximum working hours in the UK are 48 hours (unless opted out). The typical full time working hours are around 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm/5.30pm.
Employees are entitled to a range of statutory employment rights in the UK, including rights such as the right to a written statement of terms, statutory minimum payments in the event of illness and forms of family-related leave. It also includes rights on termination.
Permission to work & Visas
Most foreign nationals coming to work in the UK (aside from countries in the European Economic Area) are required to apply for prior approval to work in the UK. This is in accordance with the UK’s Points-Based System for immigration (PBS).
Employees must be given at least the notice stated in their contract, unless they have been dismissed immediately. Employees can be dismissed immediately according to rights stated on the gov.uk website. These include the employee not being able to do their job properly or having a long-term illness that prevents them from doing their job.
HR and Payroll in London
London became the capital of England under the Romans in the 12th century, and many would argue that since then it has been one of the chief centres of business in Europe. Today, according to data collected by Trust for London, the capital city is home to 13% of the entire UK population; that is 8.8 million people. It attracts a huge proportion of business HQs; in fact, 55% of the world’s 500 largest companies have chosen London as their European HQ location.
London has fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK and indeed the rest of the world. There are 5 international airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, and London City – train travel around Europe with the Eurostar, and 402km of London Underground tracks as well as National Rail lines.
HR and Payroll in Edinburgh
The Startups Cities Index in 2017 announced that Edinburgh was the number one city in the UK in which to start a business. The reasons for this are plentiful; office rental is affordable, internet connection is fast, and the widely-respected University of Edinburgh produces a great number of well-educated graduates every year. The small size (264km² compared to London’s 1,572km²) of the city is another attractive feature, as there are plenty of networking opportunities within close proximity, as well as access to talent.
In March 2019, it was reported that the registered business stock for Edinburgh had increased by 3.3% (650 businesses) in the last year. Edinburgh was the leading city in Scotland, in this respect. Edinburgh Airport was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2018, serving more than 14.3 million passengers in that year. The international airport provides access to global locations on a daily basis and is a mere 30 minute’s drive to Edinburgh city centre.
HR and Payroll in Belfast
Belfast is reported to offer office spaces at some of the lowest rental costs in Western Europe. This, paired with superfast broadband speeds and a well-educated workforce, make Belfast an attractive city for businesses looking to expand. Belfast City Council invites businesses to the area, offering several incentives. These include access to networks, planning consultation, and internationalisation and export opportunities. They also provide advice on Belfast business regulations and licensing.
With regards to transport, there are two airports – Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport. The latter of these only serves the rest of the UK and Republic of Ireland. There are rail links to the rest of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and regular buses in and around the city.
HR and Payroll in Cardiff
Cardiff is a well-loved city which is easy to navigate. At just 140km², and with a population of just less than 360,000, the Welsh capital city has long been a centre of industry. Today it is a centre of financial services, technology, science, and creative businesses. There is a significant culture of business start-ups, especially due to the prominence of government support in the way of both advice and finance.
It is a multi-cultural city with an ethos centred on welcome and friendliness, making networking prospects ideal for newcomers. Cardiff Airport offers flights to destinations all over the world, and the city’s Central Railway Station has links to London, Manchester and Bristol among others. There are also regular buses in and around the city.
HR and Payroll in Manchester
With a rich industrial heritage, the city of Manchester has long been a centre of commerce. Today, 530,000 people call the city home, as do the offices of more than 2,000 foreign-owned companies, including Kellogg’s, Siemens, and Google. Manchester is the UK’s second-largest centre of economy, and as such, it continues to attract foreign investment. The main industries in the city continue to be manufacturing and construction, as well as distribution, retail, and hospitality.
Manchester Airport is around 30 minute’s drive from the city centre and even less by train. Piccadilly and Victoria are the main train stations in Manchester, serving destinations in the rest of the UK. From these stations, it’s possible to use the city’s Metrolink tram network to get around the rest of Manchester.
IRIS FMP’s UK Payroll and HR Solutions
IRIS FMP are the international payroll and HR partners you’ve been searching for. Whether you’re looking for payroll and hr support in London, Edinburgh or Belfast, our in country team will help. Our priority is always ensuring your business remains compliant in line with the country’s legislation, so you can get on with the day-to-day. Our services include:
- UK Employment Contracts
- Payroll Processing
- Handling of payments (salaries)
- Annual declarations (lodging, apprenticeship & training taxes for concerned companies)
- Relations with social bodies
- Regulatory Compliance
- Tax and Labor Law Consulting
- Assisting in payroll audit (or payroll department audit)
- Handling of confidential payroll
- Assistance in company restructuring plan
- Assistance in implementation of procedures
- Assistance with start-up (in link with lawyers)